Making mayonnaise is easy

 

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Making mayonnaise is easier than you think.

For the first time ever, I made potato salad last week. Yes, I know, I am turning into such a Susie homemaker, but I don’t care. Enjoying good food does not make me any less of an independent-minded feminist. I’ve never been a huge potato salad fan, often equivalating it to other bland grocery store deli items like macaroni salad (yuck), but I had a bag of fresh, little potatoes bought at my neighborhood farmer’s market for only $1.50, a couple bunches of fresh dill, a carton of eggs, and Greek yogurt, which has been my favorite thing new twist in the kitchen this year. I use Greek yogurt all the time for salad dressing, in baby food, etc.

After my potatoes and eggs were boiled, cut, and seasoned, I got out my yogurt and saw I didn’t have much left in the container. I was home with the baby and I was scheduled to work later in the day, and I didn’t feel like taking a drive to the grocery store for only one item. I needed to be resourceful. Invention is the mother of necessity.

Looking around my kitchen, I found lemon juice, olive oil, coconut oil, mustard, salt, red wine vinegar, and more eggs in the fridge. I could make mayonnaise! I realized.

Why not? They make fancy garlic aioli at restaurants I’ve worked at. If they can do that, surely I could make plain ole mayo.

It was even easier than I thought. Here’s what I did:

Two egg yolks, two tablespoon lemon juice, one tablespoon red wine vinegar, one teaspoon dijon mustard, one teaspoon salt in the food processor. Press start let that run about 10 seconds before pouring in 3/4 cup of olive oil SLOWLY. Then I did another 3/4 cup of coconut oil SLOWLY.

As the food processor goes it whips it up into mayonnaise. Incredible to watch, it’s like magic! Mayo is just eggs and oil. You can use your oil of preference, I just used coconut and olive oil because that was what I had. Today I did this same recipe and used 1 1/2 cup of canola oil which is a much more neutral flavor, so it tasted more like what you might pick up at the grocery store.

I threw this homemade mayo into my potato salad and it was HEAVEN. Give it a try!

 

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