I will conclude the overshare for now and return to the regularly scheduled goods.
Anyone who knows me knows that I HATE mayonnaise. I literally shudder every time I think about its jiggly texture and mysterious tang – double ick. The strange thing is that since I’ve been trying to eat paleo, things with mayonnaise have started to look kind of good. I feel like such a hypocrite just typing those words because it goes against what I have been telling people for years. Despite these new feeling, I was not eager to try something conventional out of a jar. I decided to try to make my own mayonnaise.
Erin, who is also trying to eat paleo, refered me to a blog a few weeks ago. Everyday Paleo, is written my a real life woman who has real life kids and husband and a real life amount of time to cook for them. She posts lots of yummy recipes and creative ideas. It is on that blog that I found this simple recipe and detailed instructions.
Secret for better tasting mayo, use just plain ol’ Olive Oil, not virgin or extra virgin. If the bottle just says “Olive Oil” it will not have such a strong taste!
2 cups olive oil
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/3 teaspoon cayenne pepper
In a blender, add the eggs, vinegar, and mustard and blend together well – leave the blender running and slowly slowly slowly drop by drop or very slow drizzle add the olive oil. BE PATIENT!! Do not dump all the oil in quickly and give up!! When the mixture begins to emulsify or thicken, only then can you be a bit faster about pouring in the olive oil but still take your time. Turn the blender off once all the olive oil is in and the mayonnaise is thickened to your desired consistency. Add the salt and cayenne pepper and mix well or blend again for another few seconds.
I’m still breastfeeding so I pasteurized my own eggs. The result of this recipe was a nice, smooth, mild condiment that is unlike any mayo with which I have ever come in contact. This does not in any way indicate that I am converted and will now be using jarred mayonnaise. I even put my own twist on it.
Last week I purchased a bag of “Kool Ranch” kelp chips at the grocery store which were totally paleo. I was excited to try them but they left me disappointed. They tasted like a seasoning packet, blech! It got me thinking so I ground them up into a fine powder and mixed it with my mayo to make (sound of trumpets) homemade paleo ranch dip!