How to Make Mayonnaise in a Blender

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Mayonnaise is an emulsion of small drops of oil suspended in a mixture of egg and vinegar or lemon juice, and often includes dry mustard (which stabilizes the mayonnaise as well as adds flavor). Although purists say that mayonnaise must be made by hand, there are several experts, including Julia Child, who disagree and who offer blender recipes. The difference between a blender mayonnaise recipe and a regular mayonnaise recipe is that the blender version usually asks for a whole egg rather than just egg yolk.

Things You'll Need

  • Blender
  • Oil
  • Egg
  • Vinegar or lemon juice
  • Water
  • Dry mustard (optional)
  • Herbs or seasonings (optional)
  • Bring all ingredients to room temperature.

  • Follow your favorite mayonnaise recipe (see tips for a basic recipe) and add all ingredients except the oil to the blender. Use one whole egg. If you are using an emulsion blender, put the ingredients in a container with tall sides.

  • Mix the ingredients briefly until incorporated.

  • Add the oil slowly, with the blender on high, until it is all incorporated into the sauce. You can add the oil until the ratio reaches 3-to-1 in terms of oil-to-water-based ingredients.

  • Add your favorite herbs and spices to suit your taste if you wish.

Tips & Warnings

  • A basic mayonnaise recipe is: 2 whole eggs 1 tsp. dry mustard 1 tsp. salt 4 tsp. lemon juice or vinegar 3 cups oil

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References

  • The Nibble
  • LA Times
  • On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen; Harold McGee; 2004.
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