Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Easy Healthy Homemade Mayonnaise

The ingredients list on commercial mayonnaise jars is enough to send any health-conscious person running.

For me, it was more than that.  I avoided mayo because my gastronomy became my enemy.

Mayonnaise can seem daunting to make, and it is most costly to make homemade mayo than it is to buy commercial mayo, but the benefits are big, especially if you are on a GAPS/SCD, Whole30, Paleo, or other low-carb diet.

Utilizing ingredients from Aldi can help keep costs down.

Homemade Mayonnaise

Put in a blender:

1 whole egg
1 egg yolk
 (for eggs, I recommend not buying the Aldi egg, but spending the money on local, high quality eggs to reduce risk of contamination from using raw eggs.  Wash the eggs before cracking.)

1 1/2 tsp. fresh squeeze lemon juice
(You can buy lemons at Aldi, usually, or use their bottled lemon juice.  The fresh lemons are better for you, though.)

1 tsp spicy brown mustard
(Or dijon mustard.  You can buy both at Aldi.  I am a fan of spicy brown and some may dijons contain sugar which is a no-no on GAPS/SCD and Whole30)

sea salt to taste
(Also found at Aldi, but if you want to go really healthy, find a source for Himalayan Pink Salt.)

Pour into a liquid measuring cup:

3/4 cup of olive oil
(Again, another Aldi ingredient.  You can get their extra virgin or their regular olive oil.  It does impart a stronger taste to the mayo, but I like it.  Another option is I go to the grocery store and get the store brand "light in taste" olive oil)

Start the blender with the egg mixture in it on a medium-high setting.  While it is running, SLOWLY drizzle in the olive oil.  DO NOT POUR!!  Just drizzle it in while blending.  Once the last drop of oil is poured in, let it blend for another 20-30 seconds, then turn off the blender and scoop the mayo into a clean mason jar.

It does take a little time, but it is so worth it!
It is more filling and satisfying than commercial mayo.
It is perfect on sandwiches for kiddos, and makes great protein salads for mom and dad (chicken salad, ham salad, tuna salad, salmon salad, waldorf salad, egg salad)
I also make cole slaw with it, but splashing into the cole slaw veggies some apple cider vinegar before adding the mayo.
There's also carrot slaw, which is shredded carrots, raisins, crushed pineapple, nuts (pecans, almonds, walnuts), salt to taste, a splash of apple cider vinegar, and the homemade mayo.

No nausea, no bloating, no stomach aches.
Just a feeling of being satisfied.

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