Mayonnaise from the supermarket is cheap, there are many available options, and it tastes great on so many dishes. So why should you make your homemade mayonnaise?
Why Homemade Mayonnaise?
If you are concerned about additives and preservatives in store-bought food, this is an easy way to start cutting these out of your diet. Not only that, but the taste is far superior, can be modified with any number of delicious additives and is so healthy, you can eat as much as you want. I think it is so delicious that I am tempted to eat it straight out of the tub, and all that healthy olive-oil means I don’t have to feel guilty about doing so!
Growing up in the 1980s meant that, like everyone else, we relied on store-bought food such as mayonnaise and were not at all concerned about what exactly we were buying. However, it was a rare treat when my mother made homemade mayonnaise because it was delicious and I far preferred the taste to store-bought.
Some children today can be more difficult to cater for, but with a little trial-and-error, this recipe can be modified with ingredients and flavours your children
love and you will know that what you are making for them is healthy and full of nutrition for their growing bodies.
If your children love smearing mayonnaise on everything they consume, you also have the added benefit of knowing that they are eating less sugar when they eat your healthy, homemade variety. This recipe below makes approximately 2 cups of mayonnaise and only contains 2ml of sugar, as opposed to one popular South African brand that has 5.9g of sugar per 100g of mayonnaise! As you know, hidden sugar in food quickly adds up.
Many moms think that mayonnaise is difficult to make, but it is not. And it is totally customizable to suit your family’s tastes.
Fully customizable mayonnaise recipe to suit your family's tastes
- 1 Clove garlic
- 2 fresh eggs
- 1/4 Cup white vinegar
- 1 Teaspoon salt
- 1/2 Teaspoon sugar
- 1 Teaspoon French (Dijon) mustard
- 1/4 Cup fresh herbs / sundried tomatoes / etc (your choice & optional)
- 1 1/2 Cups sunflower or olive oil
Add everything except for the olive oil to a blender, and blend until smooth.
Slowly add the olive oil and blend until it thickens.
Keep refrigerated and eat within two weeks.
Top Tip: This is DELICIOUS on hamburgers instead of tomato sauce and we often take some with us to braais and picnics.