As a good Southern girl, I love mayonnaise, and (just like the whole “popcorn on the stove” thing) I’d heard it was simple enough to do, yet was somehow intimidated. Mayonnaise is a thing you buy, right? But Mark Bittman (and my former coworker, Emma) told me I could do it so I put it on my life list as motivation and last night I finally made it.
I gathered my ingredients (that egg is an extra yummy one, from my parents’ chickens):
Then I just followed Mr. Bittman’s instructions – and about 5 minutes later, with very little work on my part, I had mayonnaise:
It actually worked – which seems somehow magical. I can imagine that making mayonnaise was a huge pain before the days of food processors, but it’s easy enough now. I don’t think it will become my default – the recipe makes a cup and it has to be used pretty quickly, so I’ll probably still rely on the jarred stuff for sandwiches, but for recipes where I need a larger amount, now I can make it myself. Pretty cool.