How to Make Mayonnaise

How To | Staples 

Learning how to make mayonnaise isn't about saving money, or convenience, or even about it tasting better.  If someone asked me today to give them my #1 tip for better health, I would tell them to avoid added sugars and junky oils.  And do you know what 2 of the most common ingredients in store-bought mayonnaise are?  

Yep! Added sugar and “vegetable oil”!

Most mayos also include a whole lot of other ingredients that you may or may not even be able to pronounce.  So, I’m going to teach you how to make mayonnaise.  One simple swap like this can put you on the fast track to making even more healthy choices, and will definitely open the door to LOTS of tasty paleo and Whole 30 friendly dressings and sauces.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I grew up in a Miracle Whip household.  So, once I learned the process of how to make mayonnaise from scratch, I sought out a way to create a recipe that I felt was reminiscent of that “tangy zip” =)  I think I finally nailed the right vinegar to oil ratio.  It has all the flavor I remember, and even pleases my mayo loving purist husband.

Two things I love about this recipe... First, it can be made in less than 5 minutes. Second, it only has 5 ingredients!  Because it comes together so quickly, I find it easiest to measure the ingredients out ahead of time, then all you have to do is throw them in the blender, stream in your oil, and voilà —homemade mayonnaise.

Now, let’s talk about the oil streaming.  This is BY FAR the most important step in how to make mayonnaise.  In order to get an emulsion (in this case incorporating avocado oil into the egg and apple cider vinegar), you have to drizzle the oil in VERY slowly.

When I first started making my own mayo, I actually poured my oil into a plastic squeeze bottle first so I could ensure that, regardless of the angle I was using to pour or how hard I was squeezing, there would always be a pencil-thin stream of oil going into the blender.  Now that I’ve literally made this recipe hundreds of times, I just use a glass measuring cup and practice my patience and fine motor skills.

Hopefully by now you’re thinking about how easy it is to make your own mayonnaise (you’re right!), and how you want to make a batch right now (great idea!).  But just in case you’re still a little unsure about the process, I’ve made you a fun little video.


How to Make Mayonnaise

Prep time: minutes
Servings: Makes 1 cup of mayonnaise

1 egg
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon mustard powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup avocado oil (divided)

Place the egg, apple cider vinegar, mustard powder, salt, and 1/4 cup of the avocado oil into the blender.  Turn on using the lowest setting.  While the blender is running, SLOWLY stream in the remaining 3/4 cup of avocado oil.

Place mayo in container and refrigerate.  It will last in the fridge until the expiration date of the egg you used.

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