|Spoonful of Mayo|
I tried making my very own mayo today. I was inspired by Vegenaise to try and re-create it without the soy. It was neat to watch the emulsification process, to produce a white creamy mixture. This mayonnaise is slightly tangy.
All mayonnaise is basically made with some common ingredients, give or take one or two. It is created with an egg (or egg replacement), oil, salt, vinegar, mustard, lemon juice, sugar and sometimes garlic. The trick to mayonnaise is emuslifying - in other words, adding the oil slowly enough to be incorporated into the mixture. Patience is a must when making mayonnaise. If you don't have a blender, you can whisk vigorously as you slowly add your oil. I used my Vitamix because I just don't have the arm for all that whisking, plus it allows me to concentrate on not pouring the oil in too quickly.
- 1 Ener-G Egg Replacer egg made according to the package
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp dry mustard
- 1 tsp agave syrup
- 1 tsp fresh lemon juice ( I also use Santa Cruz brand when I'm lazy)
- 1 Tbsp rice vinegar (use whatever you like here, apple or white wine vinegar could be used here)
- 1 cup safflower or canola oil
- In a bowl whisk together the egg replacer that has been made according to the package, salt, mustard, agave syrup, lemon juice, and vinegar.
- Pour egg mixture into the blender. On speed of 1-2, begin to add a few drop of oil at a time. Continue to add drops of oil until it begins to emulsify. Once that is achieved, you can pour the oil in a very thin stream into the 'egg' mixture.
- Transfer the mayonnaise into a jar. Refrigerate for up to 1 week.
- This whole process of adding the oil in a thin stream took about 13-15 minutes. I rested my Vitamix blender every couple of minutes.
- By the time I had added a 1/2 cup of oil, I had reached a nice emulision.
- If you think you are too heavy handed to pour a fine stream of oil, you can use a condiment dispenser like theses 12-oz. Squeeze Bottles 3 pk. - Clear. I found one at my local Walmart and just cut a small part off. You can also use an eye dropper, pipet type instrument.
- If adding garlic appeals to you, add 1/2 tsp minced garlic or one small garlic clove that has been through a garlic press. Whisk it in with the other ingredients at the beginning of the recipe.