Saturday, November 08, 2014

Homemade Mayonnaise

This is so simple and delicious, I don't do it so often, but I am simply amazed every time I do! The few occasions are usually: when I eat roasted liver, or fries (be it sweet potato, celery root or classical french fries) and / or with a home made burger :)

The store bought mayo is full of additives though because it needs to have a long shelf-life. Whereas the homemade version is high in fat, but if you know the ingredients and you keep the rest of the meal relatively low in fat, you can enjoy it every now and then.

Ingredients for the small jar shown in picture:

1 egg yolk (as fresh as possible and at room temperature)
little bit of fresh lemon juice (teaspoon or less)
1 tsp of dijon mustard
oil of your choice
Olive oil will give the mayo too much of its flavour and colour, I have settled with walnut or avocado oil or some other "nut-oil" that does not have an intense flavour. Walnut oil is my preference.
salt and pepper to taste
you can also add any herbs / seasoning if you want to go for little less traditional taste

How to make the mayo:
  1. Get a bowl, put in the egg yolk, the lemon juice and the mustard and whisk it up. (you can use mixer, but I whisk it up manually and it's totally OK)
  2. Pour little bit of oil in and whisk immediately.
  3. Keep pouring the oil in slowly and whisking with the other hand.
  4. Your mayo will thicken as you add more oil. It will also thicken as you will put it in the fridge, so don't overdo it on the oil ... if you do, the mixture will start to coagulate. You can still save your mayo by adding additional yolk, if you get to this phase :)
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste (and any additional seasoning you want).
  6. Put your mayo in resealable glass and store for 2-3 days in your fridge (keep in mind the raw egg yolk).
It is super easy, takes 5 minutes max to make and tastes 100 % better than the store bought options. Plus you know what is inside ... It tastes better when it has been sitting in the fridge for few hours or ideally overnight. But I usually don't think ahead and just make it fresh. Delicious even this way :)

And you fitness freaks, athletes, runners - don't be afraid of healthy fat. You actually need to eat fat in order to burn fat! So don't eliminate it from your diet, just choose the right ones - as nut oils, some fatty fish (salmon and tuna, sardines in olive oil), olive oil, avocado ...

Bon appétit! 

What are your weekend workout plans? 

Still bike trainer and swimming only for me :( The right foot is getting much better though! 

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