I tried a few recipes I found online, but wasn’t too impressed with the results. Then after I received my copy of the book Nourishing Traditions, I tried out the recipe in there. It was perfect for me as is, and I have had great results every time. I make a double batch at a time and use it as a base for other things as well, like ranch dressing and tarter sauce which have turned out really good too using this mayo. You can make all kinds of things with it. I also make whey, so the mayo will keep for several months. If you don’t use whey, it will last for about 2 weeks. I’ll tell you how to make whey at the end, it’s really easy too!
I gather all my ingredients, leaving out the oil, and put them in my Ninja. You should be able to use any food processor, but the ninja works really good. I may or may not rave about the ninja alot... but I seriously use it almost every day for all sorts of things. It has replaced a few other kitchen gadgets and works great for all kinds of things. It’s my favorite kitchen appliance by far. You can whip up guac in minutes or lots of other dips. I make smoothies, sauces.... I could go on and on.... oh how I love my ninja...
Also, alot of people put their ingredients in a smaller container and use an immersion blender, which supposedly works really well too. I’ve never tried it though, because I like making a double batch so I need more room to mix it up.
When making your own mayo, you HAVE to use good quality pastured eggs. These are going in your mayo raw and you will be eating it raw. It’s not safe to consume otherwise. If you can find a local farmer, then great (I can’t get any more till March), but there is one brand around my house, Vital Farms, that they sell at Whole Foods that is real pastured eggs. Plus I just love this company. They have taken good old fashioned egg producing to a large scale level without compromising their hens or food safety and making really good eggs available to more people in less rural areas. I think that’s awesome! Plus you can see and taste the difference. The yolks are so deep colored and vibrant. I only use these eggs for making mayonnaise or anything where they will be eaten raw, and for breakfast. I use regular organic, cage free eggs that I buy from costco for all of my other baking and cooking. I go through way too many eggs. The pastured eggs are more expensive and I am on a budget!
I blend all of the ingredients (aside from the oil) in the ninja till really well mixed up. Then, while the ninja is running, I flip open the little spout lid and I SLOWLY add in my sunflower oil with a dropper. The recipe calls for olive oil or sunflower or a combination of both. I actually used 3/4 C sunflower oil and 1/4 C olive oil. I have tried it with straight olive oil and the taste was way too strong for me. Joe wouldn’t even eat it. He was then upset there wasn’t any Hidden Valley in the house and said I ruined his salads! He has been much happier since I started using more of the sunflower oil. You have to add it really really slowly or it won’t stay together when you are done. I start out one drip at a time, then can start adding it faster as I go. This is what it looks like when I am all done.
Here’s the original recipe from Nourishing Traditions
- 1 whole egg, at room temperature
- 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon Dijon-type mustard (click her for GAPS friendly recipe)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon whey, optional
- 3/4 to 1 cup extra virgin olive oil or expeller pressed sunflower oil or a combination (I use 3/4 C sunflower oil and 1/4 C olive oil)
- generous pinch Sea Salt
In your food processor, place egg, egg yolk, mustard, salt, honey and lemon juice and optional whey. Process until well blended, about 30 seconds. Using the attachment that allows you to add liquids drop by drop, add olive oil and/or sunflower oil with the motor running. Taste and check seasoning. You may want to add more salt and lemon juice. If you have added whey, let the mayonnaise sit at room temperature, well covered, for 7 hours before refrigerating. With whey added, mayonnaise will keep several months and will become firmer with time. Without whey, mayonnaise will keep for about 2 weeks.
So there ya have it!!
And what do you do with those leftover egg whites? I put them individually in ice trays in the freezer and use them for other recipes that call for egg whites.
There are a few different ways to make whey. I have only made mine one way, so I will share that with you. I start with some really good whole milk yogurt. Look at the ingredients, try to find one with nothing in it except milk and cream. Even if it's organic, they still sometimes put some funky stuff in there. I use the Kalona Super Natural Brand whole milk yogurt (5%!). Its so good in smoothies too!
Speaking of the Kalona Super Natural Brand, if you can get your hands on their whole milk cottage cheese... wow! I was never a freak about cottage cheese until I had this stuff.
I bought some cheese cloth from Bed, Bath and Beyond. I dumped my yogurt into the cheese cloth and hung it above a bowl. I tie it to my wine glass rack under my kitchen cabinet. You could tie it to the handle of your kitchen cabinet door too. Mine don’t have any handles. It hangs there for about 24 hrs while all of the whey drips out of it into the bowl. Then I store the whey in a mason jar in the fridge for several months. I use it in my mayo, but I also add it to smoothies and other foods to add more nutritional value. You can also use it to make lots of other condiments to not only preserve their shelf life, but add nutrition. What’s left in the cheesecloth is cream cheese! You can use it however you want. I recently made an amazing cheese ball with it and took it to a party for an appetizer.