This post is dedicated to my Aunt Debbie, who has recently decided to join me in my Paleo lifestyle. She asked me the other day if I had tried any of the Paleo mayonnaise recipes, which gave me the idea to share my super simple mayo recipe here on the blog.
As I follow a Paleo lifestyle, I do my very best to avoid any overly processed foods. By definition, processed foods are foods that have been modified by man to be easily used. I eat processed foods such as canned coconut milk, but I draw the line when the ingredients are no longer "whole" foods.
This recipe yeilds a very creamy, mild tasting mayo, but I will be back soon with ideas of how to change things up a bit as well as a few dressing recipes. (Note, the pure olive oil taste may take a bit of getting used to. Now I find commercial mayonnaise disgusting.)
But for now, I'll just get on with the mayo...
The most important ingredient is the oil you choose. I personally prefer to use a light tasting olive oil, because the price is relatively low compared to other healthy oils. Don't skimp on the quality of the oil here. I've done that a time or two in an effort to save some pennies, but the flavor really reflects the truth: you get what you pay for.
Next up is the egg. Choose the best quality egg you can afford. The higher the quality, the more nutrients you'll get from your mayo.
As for the other ingredients, I use regular yellow mustard (this brand, for the Belgians reading this), white wine vinegar, and coarse ground black pepper and sea salt.
You'll also need an immersion blender and a wide-mouth jar big enough to accomodate the blender, to minimize clean-up afterward.
Use right away or store in the fridge for up to two weeks. (I've eaten mine as long as three weeks after making it with no problems, but I'm not going to suggest everyone do that.) The main ingredient in mayo is oil, and oil helps protect foods from the air which would allow bacteria to grow. There really is very little chance of getting sick from this.
Check back soon for flavor ideas and dressing recipes that use this mayo as a base!