The battle between children and a bowl of salad is a dime a dozen; however, when it comes to my niece, I have a trick up my sleeve- a secret mayonnaise recipe. It turns any veggie hater into a veggie-lover without having a standoff!
Mayonnaise is very popular in the U.S. Many people enjoy its flavor and creamy mouthfeel. It can be used to enhance the flavor and enjoyment of other foods.
Why Do We Make Mayonnaise at Home?
Mayonnaise is favored by many in dishes like salads, sandwiches, snacks, and even baking sauces. It is available in every food store, so why make a homemade version?
Commercial mayonnaise comes with health concerns due to the high amount of oil, preservations and added sugar. However, the truth is mayonnaise can become a delicious, yet healthy dressing by altering the recipe a little bit.
Besides, I bet you have the kitchen tools and all 5 ingredients needed to make this sauce right now.
How to Make Mayonnaise Safer and Healthier
Mayonnaise is mostly egg yolks and oil. Eggs are a good source of protein and minerals, while oil (sunflower oil) has amazing health benefits such as promoting digestion and fighting acne. However, commercial mayonnaise is too high in omega-6 fat and lacking in omega-3. This unbalanced ratio leads to an increased risk of heart diseases.
To make mayonnaise healthier, these following solutions should be considered:
First, the oil is the foremost deciding factor in the healthiness of a mayonnaise recipe. So to make mayonnaise healthier, choose a light vegetable oil such as avocado, sunflower or canola.
Second, mayonnaise uses raw eggs, which raise a concern about the harmful bacteria salmonella. One way to bypass this is to use pasteurized eggs instead. If you cannot find these eggs in your local store, don’t worry; the pasteurization technique is surprisingly simple. Heat the water until it reaches 140 degrees F, then place eggs in the water for about 3 minutes.
In addition, using fresh lemon juice instead of vinegar. Lemon can enhance natural vitamin C in mayonnaise and tastes better and fresher than vinegar.
Now it’s healthier, what about the texture?
How to Fix Broken Mayonnaise Oil
My mayonnaise is too thick
If your mayonnaise looks too thick, add water to thin it. Add about a teaspoon at a time to accurately control the consistency you want and avoid adding too much.
My mayonnaise is not thickening
Don’t panic! We can fix it. You should add another egg yolk into the mixture, blending vigorously. The extra yolk re-emulsifies the liquid and helps the sauce to become smooth and thick.
My mayonnaise is splitting
The mayonnaise may split, meaning the oil will separate from the egg (usually because too much oil has been added in one go). We can try to reform the emulsion by using a new clean bowl, adding a teaspoon of vinegar and whisking in a tablespoon of the split sauce. Once it has emulsified, continue to drizzle the rest of the split mayonnaise, while continuously whisking the sauce.
How to Make Homemade Mayonnaise Sauce
- 1 cup sunflower oil
- 1 large egg at room temperature
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp mustard
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt or more to taste
- Before you begin, make sure all your ingredients are at room temperature.
- Break the egg and put the yolk into a blender. Add ½ teaspoon of mustard.
- Blend on medium speed while adding the oil, drop by drop.
- When the emulsion starts to form, you can add the oil more quickly, but keep it at a fairly moderate stream. Adding the oil too fast will break your mayonnaise.
- When the liquid becomes nice and thick, season it with salt and fresh lemon juice.