You’ve never had real mayonnaise.
Okay, maybe about .05% of you have eaten REAL mayonnaise. But the rest of you have been living a lie and getting ripped off.
Let me explain…
Mayonnaise is originally a Spanish sauce, although the French seem to argue this fact. In general, is a stable emulsion of olive oil, eggs, lemon juice, and salt. All modern mayonnaise recipes are a variation of this original Spanish sauce. So, the original mayonnaise was made with OLIVE OIL. Granted, most people would find this original recipe a bit too “intense” if made exclusively with the EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil), so a blend of oils is usually a better option for achieving the right taste.
Here is a great, simple, 4 ingredient recipe for making real mayonnaise at home.
Here’s where the big problem occurs. Nearly every single mayonnaise at the local supermarket is made with some amount of soybean oil. Even the ones that say they are made with Olive Oil or Canola – they still contain soybean oil as the primary oil. SOYBEAN OIL IS TERRIBLE FOR YOU. There are 3 primary problems with soybean oil (and soy, in general): trypsin inhibitors, phytic acid and worst of all: phytoestrogens. I will expand on this information in a separate post. For now, just make a mental note – if you can help it, DO NOT INCLUDE soybean oil in your diet in any amount. It is 100% an error to eat soybean oil.
So, what can you do about that. If you love mayonnaise (like I do!), how can you avoid poisoning yourself and your family with soybean oil?
Luckily, you do have a couple options, besides making your own from scratch.
Stonewall Kitchen makes a great Farmhouse Mayo using only Canola Oil, Salted Eggs (whole eggs, salt), White Vinegar, Mustard Powder, Natural Flavor and Tocopherols (natural antioxidant). A really terrific product.
Another great mayonnaise is made by Chosen Foods – Chosen Foods Avocado Oil Mayo, 24 Ounce, made with Avocado Oil… check out the list of ingredients – excellent. This one is my new favorite – Love the taste!
UPDATE 2018: I had an unpleasant experience recently with the vendor who supplied the Chosen Foods Avocado Oil Mayo through Amazon. Consequently, I switched to Primal Kitchen – Avocado Oil Mayo, Gluten and Dairy Free, Whole30 and Paleo Approved (12 oz). This one is slightly more expensive, but I feel that the quality is a bit better, and the vendor is more reputable.
All three of these mayonnaises are provided in GLASS jars, which is extremely important to me. I avoid food sold in plastic containers like the plague, but that’s a subject for a whole other article.
Try these mayos and let me know what you think! You will be surprised how awesome they taste and you can feel good about eating mayonnaise again! Please come back and drop a comment if you do try any of them – I believe you are going to love it.