26.6.10

Mending a Broken Mayonnaise

I have not made mayonnaise in years, but what I do remember is that it was very easy.  As a result, I guess I just did not pay much attention to detail.  Previously I made it in a blender and it was a snap.  I don't have a blender right now so I thought I would try it with my hand mixer.  Disastrous!  It was just a mixture of oil and egg yolk and flavourings with no emulsion forming.

Rather than just toss it, I wanted to see if I could remake it successfully.  I did!

It was very simple.  I used one egg yolk and the oil mixture from the failed mayonnaise.  I left them both sit at room temperature for an hour or so.  It is critical that they both be at the same temperature.

Then I simply whipped the yolk by hand with a whisk.  Gradually, and I mean gradually, add the oil mixture.  I started with about a half a teaspoon and very gradually increased the amount of oil when the mixture was emulsified.  Eventually I was able to add by tablespoonfuls but I did not take a chance on a quantity larger than this.

It didn't take very long to produce a nice thick and creamy mayonnaise.  Store in an airtight container and chill.  Homemade mayonnaise will keep for about 3 weeks.

I will also share my recipe.  However, I am including the instructions for making it in a blender or food processor.  Alternatively, I would make it by hand with a whisk.

Mayonnaise

2 egg yolks
3/4 cup olive oil
3/4 cup canola oil
1/2 teaspoon of mustard powder
3/4 teaspoon of salt
pinch of cayenne pepper
4 to 5 teaspoons of lemon juice

Place yolks, salt, mustard, sugar, pepper, and 3 teaspoons lemon juice in blender cup or work bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal chopping blade, and buzz 15 seconds (use low blender speed). Now, with motor running, slowly drizzle in 1/4 cup oil (use moderately high blender speed). As mixture begins to thicken, continue adding oil in a fine steady stream, alternating with remaining lemon juice. Stop motor and scrape mixture down from sides of blender cup or work bowl as needed.

14 comments:

  1. I haven't made home made mayonnaise in years either and I don't know why; it tastes so much better than the jar. But I do have to make it in the blender; not enough strength in my arms to whisk it.I might just try this again.
    Rita

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  2. I've made it once, and was less than perfect, but not bad...I'll leave it up to Hellmans!

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  3. I am not a mayo fan but I bet I'd like homemade mayo. I'm gonna give this a try for sure Sarah! thanks for the post & great tips on how to rescue a broken mayo :)

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  4. I use the food processor... it is a snap... but great tip for fixing a mistake. Whenever it doesn't work it is because of impatience... it does punish you, doesn't it???

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  5. I've yet to give homemade mayo a try but I think I'd like to see if I could accomplish this. Frieda over at Lovin' from the Oven finally achieved success by using her immersion blender in a straight sided mason jar after failing with both her blender and her food processor.

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  6. Your mayo looks perfect!! Wow. I commend you on fixing your mayo. That's awesome. I also like the added flavors in your recipe.

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  7. I've never made mayo......I think I need to get my fat behind into gear and give it a try. Thanks for the reminder!

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  8. My mayo never breaks, unless I drop the jar.

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  9. Sage> the blender is the way. I have to buy one again.

    buffalo> aah! You can do it!

    Andrea> I seldom use it but wanted to make a blue cheese dressing that called for mayo.

    Deana> I think I'll try my little mini prep. I make such a small amount that I don't think the regular food processor would be effective.

    Mags> an immersion blender is another thing I have to buy.

    Memoria> thx

    Pam> you are the lucky one!

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  10. I have never made mayo before, i'm sure it would be interesting! Might have to try it sometime:)

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  11. Mayonnaise is something I've never made because I'm a little scared of it. (Pie crust is the other.) This doesn't look so hard, and you've even given instructions about what to do if it doesn't work. I may just try it! Thanks for the recipe.

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  12. Holly> add it to your list!

    henfruit> it isn't difficult at all. Just need patience.

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  13. I have tried making mayonnaise and am afraid that it might fail but after reading your post I think I will try making my own homemade mayo then :)

    Thanks for sharing how to remake the failed one :) it is useful.

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  14. Elin> you are welcome. I thought it might be helpful.

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