Well, it isn't. Here's my recipe that I use, and if I can make it anyone can.
I'm no expert in the kitchen by any means, but paying up to $6 a bottle for something I can make for a few cents is way too rich for my blood!
I wish I could also share a taste with you, but you'll just have to come visit for that!
My recipe makes well over a typical salad dressing-sized bottle full of mayonnaise (about 1 1/2 cups), and costs me maybe a dollar to make...maybe.
Using home grown ingredients - I use our own eggs and lemons - brings the cost down further.
My home made mayonnaise recipe
- 1 egg yolk
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon mustard - I used ready made dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon vinegar - I used plain white vinegar
- 1 cup oil - any type except extra virgin olive oil, which is too strong a flavour. I used the really cheap home brand salad oil.
- Whisk together egg yolk and dry ingredients in a glass, ceramic or metal bowl with a metal hand whisk.
- Combine lemon juice and vinegar in a separate bowl or glass then thoroughly whisk half the juice/vinegar mixture into the egg/dry ingredients mix.
- Whisking briskly by hand, then start pouring the oil gently into the egg mix in a small, slow and steady stream.
The oil will gradually start to be absorbed and the mixture will lighten in colour and start to thicken into an emulsion.
- When you have added roughly half the oil, and the mix is smooth and creamy, add the rest of the lemon juice mixture.
The mixture will be smooth, thick and creamy - and very rich-looking (which it is!).
- Rest at room temperature for 1 - 2 hours, then refrigerate.
This recipe will keep for up to 1 week, and can be used as a base for other sauce recipes.
You can store it, as I do, in a cleaned-out recycled mayonnaise jar, or similar. Just be sure to label and date it.
In an upcoming post, I'll show you what to do with mayonnaise, besides using it as a dressing, if you feel like experimenting and making up some fancy sauces!
Sauce recipes I'll be sharing include my home made tartare sauce and seafood cocktail sauce - which I used for my parents when they come, because they eat fish and we don't.
I also be sharing my blue cheese sauce which is sublime for cheesey sauce lovers, and my caesar dressing recipe.
Plus a few recipes for those special spice mixes that cost a lot in the supermarket.
They're all easy, they're all cheaper to make yourself, and I bet you've most of the ingredients sitting at home right now.
Isn't food wonderful!
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