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The Mayo Clinic. Making Home Made Mayonnaise !
« on: June 04, 2017, 12:42:02 am »
Making your own mayonnaise can be very rewarding. It lets you use your own healthy oils, is free of preservatives and forms the basis for all thick salad dressings. Plus it's almost like magic when you are able to combine two watery substances together into a thick mixture without cooking them.

Mayonnaise is basically an emulsification of raw egg, water (or vinegar), oil and spices. But when you mix all those ingredients together you normally wind up with a gooey mess. The trick to making it is mixing it in such a way that it becomes emulsified into beautiful thick mayonnaise.  To do this successfully is more of an art than a process which is so delicate that superstitions have developed over generations that a batch will fail if it is made with someone in the room with the wrong vibe. It has almost become a religion.

I've made hundreds of batches of mayo and I've done it successfully for so long that hardly any of my batches ever fail but when I first started making it I had a hell of a time getting it to emulsify. Forget about making it by hand or even in a food processor. That is for experts. The trick I've learned is to use a stick mixer but even that often led to "mayo fail".

To sum up the tricks I know into one paragraph: Use a stick mixer. Find a tall thin jar, just big enough to get the stick mixer in. Crack the egg yolk into the bottom of the jar, add your oil and little water or vinegar and wait about fifteen minutes for the temperatures of the oil and egg to equalize before mixing; don't forget the water at this stage. If you wait to add the water after you start mixing it will be too late and no matter how long you mix it will not thicken into an emulsification.  Hold the stick mixer over the egg yolk and begin with slow pulsating mixes. Do not move it! Start with tiny slow bursts and make them longer once you see mayo beginning to form at the bottom of the jar. Once that happens you can hold the trigger on the mixer continuously but do not move it from the bottom of the jar till you see a glob of thick mayo form. Once that happens slowly rock the mixer and pull it up ever so slightly to see if you can feel the thickness sticking the mixer to the jar. Once that happens slowly pull the mixer up and down a little at a time, increasing it as it thickens till you go all the way to the top. After that you can add spices and more water or vinegar or whatever you want.

Hopefully this video will be of more help to anyone desiring to make their own home made mayonnaise. Good luck!

She makes it look so simple but really it's not. Well it is but it's kind of like riding a bicycle. Don't give up if you fail. Don't forget to let the temperatures of all the ingredients equalize and don't forget to add a little water or vinegar before you start mixing! (you can ignore this step if all your ingredients have already been sitting out on the counter.)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwz6jknw574
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Re: The Mayo Clinic. Making Home Made Mayonnaise !
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2017, 05:13:47 am »
So I was wondering. Just how paleo is mayonnaise? Eggs are paleo no doubt. And they had oil in paleo times. Didn't they? But last I checked no one has ever found a fossilized stick mixer! I recall reading that mayo was made during the days of the Roman empire for the elite and it was mixed by hand with a whisk but it must have taken a hell of a technique. Funny. Now that conjures up a vision of a cave man whipping up a batch of mayo in a stone bowl with a small tree branch; which as unlikely as it sounds, is entirely possible I suppose!

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« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2017, 01:15:54 pm »
Eggs aren`t really palaeo. Sure, some HG tribes in palaeo tomes would have eaten some wild birds`eggs  in small quantities but only in the Neolithic era, or possibly Mesolithic era,  did they consume raw eggs in large quantities due to domestication of fowl. Many RPDers advise against eating raw eggs in large quantities as it is very difficult to find genuine raw eggs from chickens etc. fed on high quality raw foods(most are fed on 100% grains or soy diets which are extremely unhealthy for the fowl). I personally find that raw eggs are great for  a quick energy-boost but useless if one needs to heal oneself. In large quantities, my body refuses to absorb them and I just get liquid yellow diarrhea for a time.
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Re: The Mayo Clinic. Making Home Made Mayonnaise !
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2017, 12:24:08 am »
Wouldn't that make eggs in small quantities paleo? I like to think of paleos going around eating nothing but mammoths but how often did this actually happen? My guess would be hardly ever and would be a rare occasion and that most of the time they wound up eating insects and grubs. I didn't really look but I didn't see anybody posting a recipe or photograph of any one eating insects though they were probably the most abundant animals available.

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« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2017, 12:45:10 am »
The fact is that palaeo HGs had a FAR bigger variety than even modern humans, they would eat everything from tubers to carrion to mammoths to lizards and would eat the whole of the animal minus the larger bones etc.
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« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2017, 01:25:42 am »
what are HG's?

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« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2017, 02:24:36 am »
"What is the point of growing up If you can't be childish sometimes..." - Tom Baker as Dr Who.

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Re: The Mayo Clinic. Making Home Made Mayonnaise !
« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2017, 02:30:50 am »
Silly me. Even the new kid should have known that one.

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Re: The Mayo Clinic. Making Home Made Mayonnaise !
« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2017, 05:09:21 pm »
thanks for this valuable information


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« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2017, 10:55:13 pm »
thanks for this valuable information
On how to make mayo or that HG means hunter gatherers?

 

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