Healthier Homemade Mayonnaise

26 Dec

What do you put on your sandwich? Some ketchup, mustard, or even some mayo? Mayonnaise is found all over but why buy it when you can make it? Making your own mayonnaise allows you to flavor it the way you want. And you control what goes in it (so none of that hydrogenated or preservative stuff πŸ™‚ Although homemade mayo doesn’t last as long as store bought, it’s a bit healthier for you and you can have fun making it. Homemade mayonnaise is a better alternative than store bought mayo and is very simple to make.

Here’s what you need:

  • 18 oz of olive oil- you can use other kinds of oil but olive oil is the healthiest choice (be sure to have some extra handy as the oil is what makes the mayonnaise thicken)
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon/lime juice
  • Any other flavorings you want- Add some dry mustard or white pepper. Or even go green and add some vegetables.

That’s all the ingredients you’ll need to make about 18 fl oz of mayonnaise.
However, some equipment is also recommended:

  • A stand mixer- you can use a whisk, but trust me a stand mixer saves a lot of work and time
  • A spouted measuring cup (this is important for the incorporation of the oil)
  • A glass container to hold the finished mayonnaise

Measure out the sugar and the salt into a small bowl.

Add the tablespoon of vinegar and water to the bowl.Β 

Add the 2 egg yolks to the mixture as well.

Add the entire mixture into the mixture and beat until a little frothy (just enough to combine the entire mixture together).

Now it’s time to add the oil! Remember to put the oil into a spouted measuring cup. This is important because when adding the oil, pour it slowly down the side of the bowl. Do not just pour it in because the oil particles will not break up as well and that is an essential step in making mayonnaise.

Beat for about 8 to 10 minutes or however long it takes you to pour the oil down the side of the bowl. It’s kind of a boring step just standing over the mixer, pouring oil but it will be well worth it in the end. That’s what the consistency should look like. If the mixture is too runny, keep on adding oil down the side if the bowl. That’s what I had to do the first time I made mayonnaise. If the mixture is too thick, add some water. See what you like.

Well there you have it, Healthier Homemade Mayonnaise for your next sandwich. Be sure to keep this refrigerated right after
you make it. It should last for about 2 and a half weeks but I’m not sure it won’t be gone by then πŸ˜‰ Make this for a picnic or just keep it on hand. Now you never have to buy mayo at the store again! πŸ™‚

Homemade Mayonnaise



10 Responses to “Healthier Homemade Mayonnaise”

  1. Alisa December 26, 2010 at 12:02 pm #

    I love your step-by-step photos.I came across your site from the foodieblogroll and I’d love to guide Foodista readers to your site. I hope you could add this homemade mayonnaise widget at the end of this post so we could add you in our list of food bloggers who blogged about recipes for homemade mayonnaise,Thanks!

    • jen7714 December 26, 2010 at 12:14 pm #

      Thank you so much! That really means a lot and I’ll be glad to add your widget onto the post. I’m glad you liked what I’ve posted and keep in touch!


  2. Katerina December 26, 2010 at 2:50 pm #

    I agree with you, nothing is compared to the homemade mayo
    or any food for that matter. We use mayo a lot at home and this is
    a very handy recipe.

    • jen7714 January 8, 2011 at 12:56 pm #

      Oh I know! We haven’t bought any mayonnaise from the store in a long time. I hope you try to make it sometime. Thanks for the nice comment!

  3. Kristi Rimkus December 26, 2010 at 11:34 pm #

    I love this! My husband takes his sandwiches to work most
    days and I buy the olive oil mayo, but if I can make my own this
    easily, I’ll save a few pennies and our health. Thanks!

    • jen7714 January 8, 2011 at 12:54 pm #

      Exactly what I was going for! If you make it, I hope you and your husband like it πŸ™‚ I know our family does (in fact, we just had some sandwiches with our homemade mayo) Thanks for such the nice comment!

  4. Mark December 27, 2010 at 11:17 am #

    So easy and so much better than hellmann’s. Thanks.

    • jen7714 January 8, 2011 at 12:53 pm #

      And thank you for the nice comment. Try it out sometime!

  5. Visa to Resits of examinations February 4, 2013 at 9:21 pm #

    Wow, wonderful blog layout! How long have you been blogging for?
    you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your web site is fantastic,
    let alone the content!

    • jen7714 February 4, 2013 at 9:58 pm #

      Thank you so much! I have been blogging from August 2010.

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