Recipe FAIL: Mayonnaise

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Last night I was nearly in tears because not only did my mayonnaise “break” but the stick blender toppled over, hitting the jar of ruined oil and egg yolk, which crashed to the floor and broke, spreading slivers of glass covered in slippery oil and egg yolk for three feet.   Thank goodness I had shoes on, and thank goodness we had paper towels on hand. I usually try not to use them, preferring to use cloth dish towels.

I was looking forward to having my hamburger patty on a lettuce leaf, with some fluffy white mayonnaise. I was so close!  I had added the oil slowly, slowly and the mayonnaise was beautiful, but then I added more and whoom. Broken.

The same way I was looking forward to it a few nights ago. So I was feeling really disappointed.

So my husband suggested I try again.

In spite of the fact that I'd just ruined one cup of oil and two egg yolks, I decided to do just that. Since my immersion blender was warm, and I didn't want to burn it out, I decided to use my blender.  Slowly, slowly I dripped the oil into the egg mixture, and the mayonnaise emulsified. By that time, mayonnaise was flecking all over my glasses, my shirt, my face, so I put the lid on and tried slowly pouring the oil in a minute stream.

Within a minute, the mayonnaise broke again.  I had only used about 1/3 cup of oil at that point, so I dumped the broken mayonnaise into the trash, put the remaining oil back into the container, and washed the blender jar.

Apparently, the mayonnaise I made last weekend was purely beginner's luck.

This site lists some ways to repair the broken mayonnaise, but I was not interested in wasting more ingredients.

I'm already feeling a sense of loss because I've decided I need to give up fruit for a few weeks.  I am trying to approach it as an experiment, because that is truly what this all is. I have heard others say that their weight loss “stalled” and removing fruits, honey and nuts helped them to continue losing.

My primary reason for doing GAPS is not to lose weight.

That said, I would like to continue to lose weight until I am at a more normal weight for my frame.

Back to the experiment… in March I was on Introduction and had hardly any fruit, nuts or honey.  I lost twenty pounds.

In April, I added these foods back in, and enjoyed them.  And lost three pounds.

I don't think twenty pounds weight loss in one month is necessarily a healthy amount of weight to lose in one month.

Three pounds a month is probably easier on one's body.

But I would like to see what happens if I give up fruit in the month of May.

Not being able to have fluffy white mayonnaise on my burger just made me feel sad and depressed.  I know it's stupid to feel sad and depressed over mayonnaise, but I did.

I was kind of sad at work on Thursday because they ordered Mexican for lunch and I cannot have my old favorites, flour tortillas, cheese enchiladas, tacos, tostados, taquitos.  Now my Mexican food choices are hot peppers with meat, or taco salad.

Then on Friday night, my son brought home a sub sandwich. Another of my long time favorites. I used to eat sub sandwiches as a healthy thing!  Whole wheat bread, meat, lettuce.

Sigh.

I won't be making mayonnaise again until I do some more research.

I hope this FAIL post helps anyone else out there who feels like a failure in the kitchen. You're not. It's just that pesky beginner's luck makes us overconfident.

I was still hankering for something mayonnaise-like on my burger so I made some of my Avocado Mayo Dressing.  It would not emulsify for me with only one avocado, but adding a second, it finally worked. Man, I am just not having any luck with mayonnaise today.

I also cheated last night. I had chipotles with my burger and the ingredients contain all kinds of illegals, namely soybean oil.

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4 comments to Recipe FAIL: Mayonnaise

  • Christy

    Check out this blog post on making mayo.

    http://scdkatfood.blogspot.com/2010/04/easy-mayonnaise-and-artichoke-dip.html

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    Starlene Reply:

    Hi Christy, thank you for the link to Kat’s blog. I have tried her method. I did a bit of research and I think I might know what happened to break my mayonnaise. I read on one site that the egg should be fresh as the lecithin in the egg yolk is a vitally important component. We keep hens for their eggs, but if my husband gets really busy he doesn’t collect the eggs for a few days, and I completely forget to gather them. Bad farmer! So the eggs I used may have been a day or two old. Now in the winter, that is not much of a problem because it’s as if the eggs are refrigerated. But once the weather begins to heat up here, it is apparent when cracking an egg because the yolk hardly stays together if the egg has been out in the heat. We did have temps up near 100 a couple of weeks ago, so I think my eggs were just not as fresh as they should have been to make mayonnaise. Thanks again for the link!

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  • Iryna

    I have also heard that since the emulsion process happens on a molecular level (oil molecules coating egg molecules) practically anything can affect it, including the air in the room. A friend of mine who grew up on a farm in France said her mom would make her mayo and noticed that if she was on her period, her mayo tended to break. The same happened if her men would come back from the field all sweaty and hot from working outside. I don’t know if this comment comes too late and if you had more luck with your mayo, but I thought I would just share an interesting piece of info =)

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    Starlene Reply:

    @Iryna, that is very, very interesting! Thank you for telling me about it, sometime I am going to look into it further.

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