Seven Reasons Why You Should Make Your Own Mayo

June 3, 2014 | By | Comments (3)


Seven reasons why Southern cooks worth their salt should master Homemade Mayonnaise.

1. If bourbon is the social lubricant of the South, then mayonnaise is the culinary ball bearings. It makes your deviled egg, chicken salads, potato salads, pimiento cheese, and tomato sandwiches sing.

2. Homemade mayonnaise tastes better than store bought. (Yes, even Duke’s.)

3. It’s healthier too.

4. A certain magic happens when you slowly whip egg yolks with oil. This creamy emulsion is a fundamental lesson in kitchen chemistry.

5. Got your emulsion down? Now learn the art of enhancing and balancing flavors with vinegar, lemon juice and salt. (We recommend Diamond Crystal kosher.)

6. Making mayo will make your grandmother’s heart full.

7. Mayonnaise is the Southern mother sauce and the foundation for dozens of other sauces. Customize your own by adding everything from herbs to Sriracha.


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  1. Nancy Marie

    A recipe or two included would have been nice.

    June 4, 2014 at 5:56 pm
  2. Mary Lu Duffy

    It can’t be done. This is the heart of all things Southern. To get the taste and consistency right, it’s all got to be full-bore. On the bright side, it’s so much tastier than store-bought, you could use less on sandwiches etc. It may be the only Southern recipe I know of that doesn’t call for bacon grease! :o)

    June 3, 2014 at 10:58 pm
  3. Suzanne Melton

    Dare i ask…how would you modify to make lite mayo? I’ve often wanted to make my own but unsure how to make a reduced (NOT fat-free, mind you) version.

    June 3, 2014 at 8:20 pm

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