How To Make Your Own Mayo

Forget mayonnaise from a jar—making it yourself is easy and delicious.

July 27, 2016

This condiment is a simple, flavorful, and rich accompaniment to vegetables, the healthiest fish, and healthy meats. But sometimes the jar versions are loaded with extra additives, so learning how to make your own will not only save your money, but also your health. (On just a quarter-acre of land, you can produce fresh, organic food for a family of four—year-round. Rodale's The Backyard Homestead shows you how; get your copy today.)

ingredients to make homemade mayonnaise
What You'll Need

2 egg yolks
Large bowl
Dijon mustard (optional)
½ lemon
1 cup of canola oil, or ½ cup grapeseed oil, or ½ cup olive oil
Garlic (optional)
Fresh herbs (optional)

egg yolks in bowl
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Blend Your Ingredients

Add the two fresh egg yolks to a bowl along with a touch of Dijon mustard (optional), the juice of half of a lemon, and a pinch of salt. Be sure that the eggs come from a trusted source and are not expired. 

Related: The Secret To Awesome Deviled Eggs

mixing mayonnaise ingredients
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Whisk + Add Oil

Whisk until the mixture is pale yellow and very smooth. In a slow and steady stream, drizzle in one cup of canola oil (or the grapeseed or olive oil). If the oil seems to sit on top and not blend in, stop adding oil and continue whisking until it's completely blended and smooth. Continue with the remaining oil. 

homemade mayonnaise
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The final result will be thinner and more yellow than commercial mayonnaise. It should fall off the whisk, not in big clumps, but also not in ribbons. Taste it and add salt, garlic, fresh herbs, lemon, or orange juice as desired. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days.