I like mayonnaise. An odd way to start a blog, no? Well, I do like it, and because my family packs lunches for school/work, I use it often. Earlier this week I ran out (because when I checked the pantry against my grocery shopping list what I thought was mayo was actually a washed mayo jar holding something else…), and was not in the mood to go to the store. So, I did what anyone would do – searched for how to make my own!
I truly expected mediocre results, but, since it was an ingredient for potato salad I wasn’t too worried; it’s just an emulsion after all, and I could adjust for seasoning mistakes in the salad itself.
There are dire warnings about adding the oil too fast. I put it in a measuring cup and tried to drizzle slowly. At first it looked like it wouldn’t, but that’s because I have an 11 cup bowl and it took a little more time for it to do its thing. I discovered, about halfway through the process, that the cap has a small hole in it that would allow for a better control of oil drippage, and switched to it so I could do other things.
Isn’t it gorgeous? I decided at the end it needed more of a bite and added vinegar. It is a bit thinner than store bought – but that could very well be on me.
If you like mayonnaise, make your own! If you don’t like mayonnaise, but need some, and your neighbor is gone, and you don’t feel like going to the store to buy a small amount…make your own!
There was a little bit leftover that I mixed with plain yogurt, capers, and pickle relish to make an outstanding tartar sauce for fish.
Moral of the blog: If I can make mayonnaise, so can you. It’s a lot less expensive and a lot more satisfying!
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