Emergency Mayonnaise

Last night my wife went into the kitchen to make her delicious tuna/potato salad/bulgur wheat lunchtime combo for the working week only to find this in the fridge:

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No mayo. Not good but not without precedent – our fridge is a refuge for empty bottles of sauce, even wine. (By the way have you ever gone to the fridge on a Monday morning to get the milk out for your coffee and walked away with a bottle of wine? You haven’t? Must just be me…)

Anyway I digress, again. So rather than offer to drag myself up to the corner shop to get some mayo I instead decided to create some homemade.

It was easy. All you need:

  • ½ pint of vegetable oil
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp English Mustard
  • Salt and Pepper

First put the egg yolks in a bowl then add the mustard and vinegar.

Use an electric whisk to combine. Drizzle some oil into the bowl, whisking continuosly. Put a damp towel under the bowl to stop it flying across the kitchen floor.

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Keep adding the oil very slowly, whisking all the time. Once you have the mixture to your liking (that is, gloopy but not too runny) season with salt and pepper.

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Taste and add some more mustard and/or vinegar should you so wish.

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Our homemade was much yellower than shop bought. Not surprising given the amount of mustard I chucked in. But it tasted fine, although perhaps it could have been a little less ‘oily’ if I had used olive oil. Still, beats going to the shop and paying out £2 for a jar of the stuff!

What was the emergency again? Oh yes – potato salad – potato, spring onions and homemade mayonnaise:

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Verdict from the Mrs? Tasted great but I needn’t have drowned everything in mayonnaise…

35 thoughts on “Emergency Mayonnaise

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  2. My mom used to make mayo, but I have gotten lazy.
    But I know I could never make mayo in the a.m. My mind doesn’t wake up until the coffee hits the blood stream, and I just work on auto pilot until then.

  3. You’re a kitchen super hero, to the rescue! Your mayonnaise sounds great and looks delish. This reminds me my Mom used to make it entirely by hand when I was a kid; much less effort to use a mixer!

  4. Love homemade mayo – great step-by-step guide! I first tried it a couple of years ago when I saw a video on youtube about using a stick blender to make it in seconds. 4 litres of split ‘sludge’, one frayed temper and a pebbled-dashed wall later I gave up and I tried it by hand. Worked first time (is there a lesson there??). I’ve since made it as you’ve done here though and it works every time 🙂

  5. I tried making my own mayonnaise once (well it was aioli, but let’s not split hairs), but it was quite runny. Did I just not beat it long enough? It sure seemed like a was beating it for a heck of a long time! I think you’re supposed to use vegetable oil though, aren’t you? Wouldn’t olive oil be too strongly flavored? What do I know? I make runny aioli!

  6. I’ve never tried wine in my coffee but a shot of Bailey’s can perk it up. Never tried making my own mayo but you may have just convinced me to give it a try. Doesn’t look that difficult at all. Are you perhaps being a little sarcastic with the “delicious tuna/potato salad/bulgur wheat lunchtime combo” comment?

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