A Low-tech Mayonnaise Maker

mayo1The Tool

Check out the pic on the right. The mayo maker is a glass container with a lid that screws on to the jar with a hole in the center. The handle fits through a hole in the aluminum lid that ends with a mesh beater at the bottom of the jar. Oil (Wesson Oil was the most often used.) was drizzled slowly through the hole in the lid as the handled is worked  up and down to create and emulsion which becomes mayonnaise. The original cost was about $1, but they sell now for $35 – $45. The one was my grandmother’s.

The Recipe

1 egg
2 Tbl lemon juice or vinegar
1 tsp each mustard, salt, sugar
pinch of pepper
1 Pint Wesson oil

mayo2The first ingredients are mixed quickly, the oil is poured slowly. Mix all the ingredients together except for the oil. Mix quickly and well. Add Wesson oil very slowly, mixing all the while. Place in jar and store in a refrigerator.

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