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  • Made mayo! Kinda...

    It LOOKS like mayo, it has the right consistency and color (more yellowish than Best Foods but close enough). The taste...well, it tastes like solid olive oil to me. Not exactly what I was expecting. Was olive oil the wrong type to use? Is there a flavorless oil that would work better?

    I realize getting Best Foods flavor is impossible, but can I get close to it?
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    My first mayo I did the same thing and did not like the flavor at all. With a few oil tests and adjustments I LOVE homemade mayo now....and I wasn't much of a mayo person in general before.

    Taste your oil before you make the mayo and find a flavor you like. I did find a trick from Everyday Paleo where she mentioned buying regular olive oil for mayo, NOT extra virgin (I had to hunt around actually for it). You might have to try a couple brands until you find one you like. If you still think it is too overpowering flavor wise, you can cut the olive oil by 25-50% with something more neutral in flavor, like walnut or avocado oil (pricey...but no flavor).

    The great thing about the non extra virgin olive oil, suddenly making homemade mayo for me became an inexpensive option.

    Here is a link to everyday paleo's post...her recipe has been by far the easiest and most consistent for me (I half the recipe, its all we can use in a week usually).
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    • #3
      Hi Meadow!

      Were you able to rescue the first batch somehow? I've added vinegar and a bunch of herbs but it still has an olive bite to it. Not sure if it can be saved but it looks so perfect! (After all the other batches that curdled or were too runny or...)

      Thank you for the link! I am such a dolt, I thought Everyday Paleo was a cookbook and was searching at the bookstore. Ack-I really wonder about my sanity sometimes. Off to read recipes!
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Kaylee99 View Post
        Hi Meadow!

        Were you able to rescue the first batch somehow? I've added vinegar and a bunch of herbs but it still has an olive bite to it. Not sure if it can be saved but it looks so perfect! (After all the other batches that curdled or were too runny or...)

        Thank you for the link! I am such a dolt, I thought Everyday Paleo was a cookbook and was searching at the bookstore. Ack-I really wonder about my sanity sometimes. Off to read recipes!
        Everyday Paleo DID come out with a cookbook of the same title (I have it), but the Blog came first....so dolt you are not (I ordered the cookbook on amazon myself)

        She has a couple variations on her mayo that might work to change the flavor....in her video she adds roasted red pepper and basil puree to her mayo to make it a dip, in her cookbook she adds ginger to some (although thats not a very overpowering flavor). You might be able to make a second batch (1 egg/1 cup oil and such) with a lighter flavor oil and mix it in. Other ideas....lemon, touch of yellow mustard....or focus on making this batch into some sort of dip or dressing with quite a few other ingredients.
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        • #5
          I just made my first homemade mayo too. Batch #1 I threw out (I felt so guilty but I just couldn't eat it). I used the extra virgin olive oil that I had laying around and the mayo tasted way too strongly of olive oil. For batch #2 I used light olive oil (there were several brands at the store that were light [I]flavor[I] olive oil. It was perfect! Tastes almost exactly like Best Foods/Hellmans. I used Alton Brown's recipe, substituting the olive oil for the corn/safflower oil he recommends: Mayonnaise Recipe : Alton Brown : Food Network

          And I made it with my electric hand mixer. I didn't want to make a batch big enough to fit into the food processor.

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          • #6
            Its funny, I have found with my food processor, I can do one egg if I tip the processor on its side until a bit of the oil goes in...lol. Sort of, uhh...ghetto, but I hate making the 2 egg version unless I know we will use it up. I need to try my hand blender next time just to see if that works.
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            • #7
              Everyday Paleo has some good mayo recipes. I used the ginger mayo yesterday as salad dressing. So good! I make the mayos in my ninja. Next mayo on my agenda: homemade chipotle mayo. I have some that I made with store-bought safflower oil mayo, but I really enjoy the taste of EVOO. So to each his own.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Dr. Bork Bork View Post
                Everyday Paleo has some good mayo recipes. I used the ginger mayo yesterday as salad dressing. So good! I make the mayos in my ninja. Next mayo on my agenda: homemade chipotle mayo. I have some that I made with store-bought safflower oil mayo, but I really enjoy the taste of EVOO. So to each his own.
                Do you just add the oil through the pour spout? I've been meaning to make some in my Ninja, I just haven't had the time yet.

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                • #9
                  I use 1/2 cup olive oil and 1 cup of a milder-flavored oil for my mayo, usually a nut oil of some type.

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                  • #10
                    My best mayos so far have been made with either almond oil or avocado oil. I also found olive oil to be too strongly flavored. Same with macadamia nut oil. It was yummy but not as neutral as I would've liked.

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                    • #11
                      hmmmmm will have to go oil shopping then. Sounds like light olive oil (by the way, what brand did you use faithy22?), or a nut oil.

                      Wouldn't the almond oil make it taste sweet? To me almond oil smells strongly of cherries-cherry mayo could be interesting though.
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                      • #12
                        I really strongly prefer half light olive oil and half avocado oil.

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                        • #13
                          Wondering if one of you mayo masters can tell me about how long homemade mayo keeps in the fridge? Thanks!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by honeypig View Post
                            Wondering if one of you mayo masters can tell me about how long homemade mayo keeps in the fridge? Thanks!
                            In the discussions on Everyday Paleo most folks went with about 5-7 days. Some went up to 10 days. The recipe uses vinegar so I am sure that helps preserve it a bit. Modern Paleo blog has a mayo recipe where you add whey and they state a pretty good shelf life (like months), but I have not tried that.

                            One thing I am careful of is to not cross contaminate so it lasts longer, but I don't go longer then 7 days myself.
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                            • #15
                              I use this and it works well. Bertolli Extra Light Tasting Olive Oil, 51-Ounce Bottle: Amazon.com: Grocery & Gourmet Food I usually get it at the grocery store but after seeing the price for that size on amazon I may have to reconsider.

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