Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Delicious Healthy Homemade Mayonnaise

I probably don't need to tell you that store bought mayonnaise is really just horrible for you. Now I really don't think if you occasionally have mayo that you should spend all your energy on this area.( but then again, it is so easy, might just be the place to start!) You would be better served to focus on getting the chemicals and processed foods out of your diet.

I have never really liked mayo, I have always been a Miracle Whip kind of gal. To this day, it is still my preference, but, have you read a Miracle Whip label lately? I would have never dreamed of making my own mayo a few years ago, but now I do and I LOVE it! When we have burgers and oven fries for dinner I put more mayo on my fries than I do my burger. I lick the spoon that I serve it up with, I love it that much!

I also use this mayo recipe as a base for other dips, therefore making the dips healthy too!

HEALTHY HOMEMADE MAYONNAISE

Ingredients:


2-4 egg yolks (Please only use farm fresh eggs from a local farmer,or organic!)
½ tsp. mustard
2 Tbsp. lemon juice (I like this much, my friend uses less)
3 tsp. white wine vinegar (I have used apple cider or rice too, or a combination)
1 tsp. Celtic sea salt
dash of garlic powder and/or onion powder (to taste, go lightly)

I do add a tiny amount of sweetener to balance out the flavors, like maple syrup or even sugar.

¾ c. oil- Safflower oil (I have started to substitute some Olive Oil, I keep inching up the amount because it is far healthier than the Safflower. I did NOT like all Olive Oil at first. The goal is a neutral flavored oil for starters)



I make it in my food processor and it is super easy! I put all the ingredients in, except the oil, blend for a few seconds. I then drizzle slowly the oil while the machine is on. Taste and adjust the flavor if need be. (I have gotten lazy about measuring, so I am always having to fix it;-)


That’s it! This mayonnaise lasts about 2 weeks in the refrigerator.


The possibilities are endless at this point.


Garlic-Feta Mayo

Add some chopped garlic, lemon juice and feta cheese. The amounts may vary according to taste! This is delicious!


My version of Ranch Dip

Mayo, yogurt, sour cream, a little lemon juice, garlic and onion powder, lots of dill, salt and pepper. Dried chives if you have them. I don't ever measure this, I just taste as I go along. The children love this with veggies. I also thin this out with a little buttermilk, water or milk to make a 'Ranch Dressing"


I hope you enjoy this basic recipe for mayonnaise. If you have any questions, please ask. Remember to read your labels. Go check out your mayo or salad dressing . . . scary, isn't it? ;-)

6 comments:

Farmgirl Cyn said...

This is another recipe I have been meaning to try! I am not crazy about mayo OR Miracle Whip, but somehow we manage to go thru a jar a month, so it must be the boys are eating it! And really, it is SO simple and SO much better for you! If we would take the time to really read the labels on our food, it would scare the wits out of us! How can we do this to ourselves???
(I just posted a blog about your crock pot yogurt....SO easy and delicious!!!)

Camille said...

Oh I am SO glad you posted this Michelle! I am going to give it a try! (I am a Miracle Whip kind of gal too ~ and yes, I have read the label ~ and yes, it scares me too!)

Thanks for sharing!
Have a lovely evening.
Love,
Camille

Michelle (She Looketh Well) said...

Camille, FYI, this is a true mayo recipe, not at all like Miracle Whip. I assume you know that is what I meant, but just wanted to make sure.

My potato salad recipe is just about famous and I chickened out the past Christmas and used Miracle Whip for it, but my friend made it with this homemade mayo and said it was GREAT. I will be brave in the near future and try it. Just so hard to let go of my yummy Miracle Whip laden potato salad ;-)

J said...

We aren't big on mayo or miracle whip around here, but mostly because I've always been so afraid of what was in them. I think I just might have to give this recipe a try! You've absolutely opened my world up to so many wonderful healthy foods!!! I am so thankful the Lord allowed our blogging paths to cross.

My husband and I both enjoyed a green smoothie today...one pear, one banana, and two BIG handfuls of spinach! Wonderful! Again, something else fabulous you introduced me to!

mamma bear said...

HI Michelle,
Could you tell me why safflower instead of canola (when canola has for years been said to be the best, after olive oil)?
Does it have a more neutral taste?
Thank you!

Mrs. P. said...

It is amazing how good real, homemade mayo really is. We don't have it much but I love it. I was raised on Miracle Whip--ewww, lol.

Blessings!
Gail