Paleonnaise. Paleo Mayonnaise. The thought of making my own mayonnaise at first overwhelmed me; turns out that it’s super easy. The process itself takes less time than cleaning out your food processor or blender. I’d originally posted a recipe for a version of Paleonnaise under Curried Salmon Cakes with Ginger-Avocado Mayonnaise but have since made a version using almond oil (instead of avocado). And since I’m now embarking on an experiment in which I don’t eat dairy anymore, I think that the creaminess of homemade and vegetable&seed-oil/GMO-free mayonnaise is going to be crucial to my (health) success. If you don’t understand why you’d want to make your own mayonnaise using bacon fat, olive, coconut, avocado, almond or macadamia nut oil, read about how Canola Oil causes nerve damage. Commercially-made mayonnaise usually contains canola oil. It’s cheap. And gross. And dangerous. I know I need avoid this gunk because I’ve already got the symptoms of nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy); but if you’re not convinced yet and think you feel just fine, you should know that Canola oil has a cumulative effect and that it can take up to 10 years for nerve damage to appear. Enter Paleonnaise! It IS possible to make your own delicious mayonnaise.
Time: 10 mins / Cost: $5-20 / Servings: LOTS!
1 cup almond, avocado, macadamia nut, olive, coconut oil or bacon fat (or some nice combination thereof)
Bring out your food processor or blender. Combine all ingredients except for oil in food processor and blend well (about 5-10 seconds). Have your olive oil ready to go–and then add very slowly and continuously. My food processor has a great fixture that allows me to pour in the oil and then it adds it slowly as a continuous drizzle… if you don’t have a tool like that, you can easily pour it into your whirring processor by hand. Just go slowly. Blend until all oil has been combined and then continue for a few seconds longer. Voila. Homemade mayo.
You can store in clear jars in your fridge; but I usually try to use mine up pretty quickly.
If you’d like to see this done, EverydayPaleo has a great video: