Homemade Mayo

Before I started my journey to eating better I wouldn’t touch mayo, I was a Miracle Whip kinda girl and nothing else would do.   Any time I was offered Real Mayo, Kraft, Hellman’s or any of the other big names I would wrinkle my nose up and state “No thank you, I don’t like mayo”, then proceed eating a dry sandwich…YUCK!  Once I started down the path of eating no pre-processed foods I thought I would be doomed to dry sandwiches (not a mustard lover either). I finally decided I need to find a mayo recipe I could live with and that could serve as a base for ranch dressing, an ingredient for deviled eggs, and help for the dry sandwiches I had doomed myself to.  You’ll never believe what happened.  I found I liked mayo, yup freshness does make a difference!   I tested several recipes and then started experimenting on my own and below is the end result.

Homemade Mayo
 
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Homemade mayo made with fresh ingredients.
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Recipe type: Condiments
Serves: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 Whole Egg*
  • 2 Egg Yolks*
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice, fresh squeezed
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp salt
  • or
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • Pinch of pepper, fresh ground
  • 1 - 2 Cups Olive Oil **
Instructions
  1. Combine eggs, lemon juice, mustard, salt, and pepper in a blender or food processor and blend together until creamy.
  2. With the blender/processor running, slowly begin to pour about 3 Tbsp of oil.
  3. Start pouring a tablespoon of oil at a time in at about 20-30 second intervals.
  4. Once thickening starts you can start slowly pouring in the rest of the oil stopping every so often to ensure that the oil is getting incorporated.
  5. Stop the machine and taste the mayo and adjust as needed.
  6. For adjusting the mayo you can add more salt, pepper, or mustard. If it is too thick you can thin it by adding more lemon juice. For a thicker mayo you can add more oil.
Notes
* Use the freshest eggs possible
**To give this a less mayo taste you can replace 2 Tbsp of Olive Oil with 2 Tbsp of Bacon Fat.

You can use this mayo right away or cover and refrigerate. Shelf Life is about 1 week.

Have you tried making your own mayo?  How’d it turn out?   DinkyLee Signature

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Rough Start to a New Year

Well our household has had a very rough start to 2014.  Three of us have been stricken with the flu and its a downright nasty one too.  This time I was more prepared than last time but still not prepared enough.  I had most of what I needed on hand to make natural remedies, however I didn’t have the strength or the stamina to do it!  Lesson learned before flu season gets underway have all the necessary items made and ready to go.  Fortunately I have a 20 year old son that when mom is sick the caretaker in him kicks in.

Once I got to feeling better I was able to make cough syrup and some “just like vicks” shower pucks.  The cough syrup does take some getting used to but it is so worth it and does wonders!

 

Honey & Onion Cough Syrup

1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup Honey

Optional:1tsp Cloves (ground or whole)
1-2 Tbsp Ginger, Fresh chopped or 1tsp ground

Put onions in a sauce pan then cover with honey( add more honey if needed).  Simmer on low for 20 minutes.  Strain the onions out and keep the remaining honey in a glass jar.  Keep refrigerated.

Dosage:
Over age of 10:  1 Tbsp every 1/2 hour as needed.

Under age of 10: 1 tsp every 1/2 hour as needed.

DO NOT GIVE TO CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF ONE.

This cough syrup at first is very sweet then the onion hits you.  However it does a great job if you can get past the onion.  I have found when using cloves it does cut down on the oniony taste somewhat.  I didn’t have any cloves on hand since the holidays so we had to just deal with the onions.  Now that I’m feeling better hindsight tells me I should have had my camera ready each time someone took it.  Those faces were priceless!

 

The one item I was able to make while being so sick was a sore throat tea which is super easy to make.  That’s probably why I was able to make it!

Sore Throat Tea

2 Tbsp Raw Honey2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
Dash of Cinnamon
Hot Water

Put all the ingredients into a cup and pour the hot water over and stir.  Make and drink as often as needed for sore throat.

I will definitely be more prepared next time I have a house full of sickies!

Are you prepared for the flu to strike your house?  What do you have already on hand?

 

Happy New Year!

 

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