Homemade Mayonnaise

20 Jun

I rarely use mayo but wanted to make my dad’s favorite broccoli bacon salad (recipe coming shortly!) for our Fathers’ Day cookout.  I’ve never found a brand that doesn’t contain something nasty like canola or soybean oil, so I take the ten minutes to make my own, following this recipe from Alton Brown.  I save my bacon drippings for mayo- they keep forever in the fridge- a 1:1 ratio of melted bacon grease to macadamia oil is lovely.  The batch I made did thicken up in the fridge overnight, but it was more like thick hollandaise than Hellman’s.  On the flipside, you don’t want to use too much bacon grease because the mayo will be rock hard after refrigeration.



Homemade Mayonnaise
Adapted from Alton Brown


  • 1 raw egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 cup oil, (I prefer a 50/50 mix of melted bacon drippings and macadamia nut oil)


Continue whisking until all of the oil is incorporated. Leave at room temperature for 1 to 2 hours then refrigerate for up to 1 week.

3 Responses to “Homemade Mayonnaise”

  1. paleoadventure June 21, 2011 at 11:37 PM #

    I will definitely try making this! I also rarely eat mayo, but I’ve been craving a particular salmon dish that calls for it. Thanks for the recipe!!

  2. hotDish June 22, 2011 at 2:04 PM #

    This looks amazing!!! I wanted to say that I love your blog and have tried a number of your recipes with great success!! Keep it up lady!


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