Homemade Lacto-Fermented Mayonnaise


My family loves mayonnaise. We use it in all kinds of things: tuna salad, egg salad, potato salad, and deviled eggs. However, I never buy mayo in the store. I always make homemade mayonnaise.

Why go to the trouble of homemade mayonnaise? Storebought mayonnaise is full of industrial oils you do not want to put in your mouth. Like soybean and canola oil. Soybean oil is damaging to your thyroid. It slows your metabolism and can lead to hypothyroidism and breast cancer. And what about canola oil?

Canola oil comes from the rape seed, which is part of the mustard family of plants. Rape is the most toxic of all food-oil plants. Like soy, rape is a weed. Insects will not eat it; it is deadly poisonous! The oil from the rape seed is a hundred times more toxic than soy oil. Source

Also, both canola and soybean oils are made from genetically modified crops. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have documented health risks. GMOs are also a menace to our environment and threaten our global food supply. I go out of my way to actively avoid GMOs. (Join me and take the No GMO Challenge! I started doing it for 30 days, but I'm going to continue doing it until we get the GMOs out of our food supply.)

The ingredients in this homemade lacto-fermented mayonnaise recipe are real olive oil, egg yolks, a little mustard, sea salt, and that's it. Plus a little fresh whey — which is what makes it lacto-fermented. Not only does it have the benefit of making this mayo probiotic (like yogurt, it helps repopulate your gut with good bacteria), but it also gives it a longer shelf life. You can keep it in the fridge for several months. Without the whey, it will only keep in the fridge for a couple of weeks.

It is important to use pastured eggs for this recipe. You'll be eating the egg yolks raw, which is very healthy and safe when using pastured eggs. Factory farm eggs, and even “free-range” or “cage-free” eggs are rife with pathogens like salmonella. They are also much less nutritious. Click here to read about the difference between pastured eggs and free-range eggs.

Lastly, use REAL olive oil. The New Yorker magazine published an article in 2007 about how most olive oils are adulterated with cheap, rancid oils. How to tell if it's real? Know your grower. If you're buying olive oil in great big jugs at Costco, it's most likely adulterated.

Homemade Lacto-Fermented Mayonnaise

Makes 2 to 2 1/2 cups


[easyazon-link asin=”B003ZDNILC” locale=”us”]Blender[/easyazon-link] or food processor (optional: you can use a [easyazon-link asin=”B00004OCNS” locale=”us”]whisk[/easyazon-link])


Pastured egg yolks, room temperature (3)
Olive oil (1 1/2 – 2 cups)
Lemon juice or wine vinegar (3-5 tsp)
Sea salt (1/2 tsp) — where to buy sea salt
Mustard (1/4 tsp)
Whey, from kefir or yogurt instructions on how to make whey (2-3 tablespoon)


1. Mix the egg yolks for 1-2 minutes. If using cold (not room temperature), mix a few minutes more. This is the key to mayonnaise that will set. If you use cold egg yolks, the mayo will not set unless they are warmed up in the blender (or whisked long enough in a warmed bowl).

2. Add the lemon juice (or vinegar), sea salt, and mustard. Mix for 30 seconds more.

3. With the blender running, add the olive oil drop by drop. When I say drop by drop, I mean drop by drop. Or at least a very thin, slow stream. This is the other very important element for making a mayo that will emulsify. If you go too fast, you'll end up with runny mayonnaise.

4. Once you've added about 1/2 a cup of olive oil, the sauce should have thickened into a heavy cream, and now you can add the oil in a thicker stream. Not too fast, though (especially if you are a beginner). If the mayo becomes too thick, add a few more drops of lemon juice or vinegar.

5. Blend in the whey. Spoon into a mason jar, cover with a lid, and leave it on the counter or in a cupboard (at room temperature) for several hours. Then transfer to the fridge.

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149 thoughts on “Homemade Lacto-Fermented Mayonnaise

  1. Ann Marie, so how long does it actually take to drop the half cup of oil in drop by drop? I may try half expeller pressed sesame oil and half olive oil so that it doesn’t taste too olive oil-ish. Was that your picture? I notice it’s white like my beloved Helmanns (yes, I know, it has the soy junk in it), and when I made mine last week it looked and tasted more like mustard than mayo. I’m going to leave Helmanns for good as soon as I can get this down!


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  2. I need to try this. I’ve been meaning to make my own mayo for a long time now but I really love the Hain Safflower mayo and I seriously need to figure out how to duplicate the taste (since I really don’t need to be buying or eating that stuff). I don’t know why but it is so yummy!

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  3. I weekly make homemade mayo, but I use sunflower oil because my kids won’t eat it made with any of the olive oil brands that I have tried. I just ordered some olive oil from the place that you recommended. Looking forward to trying it, thanks for sharing the resource. 🙂

  4. I have tried making my own mayonnaise with EVOO and it did not taste very good. I buy some organic mayo from the health food store that is made with organic soy and/or organic canola. I pay over $12 for this organic mayonnaise and it really irks me at how expensive it is considering the cheap oils they use. So far I have made my own sugar free (stevia) ketchup and my own lacto-fermented mustard. Both are good enough to replace the store bought versions.

    I now have to master the mayo recipe.

    I bought some avocado oil for making mayo but noticed that on the bottle it did not say “cold pressed”. I do like the taste of this oil and now I gotta find a better brand.

    Thank you for posting this recipe.

  5. What about using part coconut oil? And a touch of flax for the omega 6:3 ratio? My family didn’t like Enig/Fallon’s mayo from Eat Fat, Lose Fat. I was going to try a more bland one (oil, eggs) to see if they will eat it.

  6. Here is what Mary Enig says about sunflower oil:

    Safflower, Corn, Sunflower, Soybean and Cottonseed Oils all contain over 50% omega-6 and, except for soybean oil, only minimal amounts of omega-3. Safflower oil contains almost 80% omega-6. Researchers are just beginning to discover the dangers of excess omega-6 oils in the diet, whether rancid or not. Use of these oils should be strictly limited. They should never be consumed after they have been heated, as in cooking, frying or baking. High oleic safflower and sunflower oils, produced from hybrid plants, have a composition similar to olive oil, namely, high amounts of oleic acid and only small amounts of polyunsaturated fatty acids and, thus, are more stable than traditional varieties. However, it is difficult to find truly cold-pressed versions of these oils.

    And here is what she says about olive oil:

    Olive Oil contains 75% oleic acid, the stable monounsaturated fat, along with 13% saturated fat, 10% omega-6 linoleic acid and 2% omega-3 linolenic acid. The high percentage of oleic acid makes olive oil ideal for salads and for cooking at moderate temperatures. Extra virgin olive oil is also rich in antioxidants. It should be cloudy, indicating that it has not been filtered, and have a golden yellow color, indicating that it is made from fully ripened olives. Olive oil has withstood the test of time; it is the safest vegetable oil you can use, but don’t overdo. The longer chain fatty acids found in olive oil are more likely to contribute to the buildup of body fat than the short- and medium-chain fatty acids found in butter, coconut oil or palm kernel oil.

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    Note that she said it should be made from fully ripened olives. Chaffin Family Orchards picks their olives at the very end of the harvest. This is why their olive oil is so mild.

  7. Thanks for the post AM! My husband just told me yesterday how much he loves mayo but he was eating the bad stuff. Now, I can make him a healthy alternative!

    BTW, canola oil is scary. First of all, anything made from a rape seed just can’t be good and even insects know not to touch! Wish more of the public new this stuff.

  8. I have tried this several times, but using EVOO makes it taste sot STRONG. Neither of us can stand it. I have used Extra light, and it tastes better though….

  9. I’m so excited about this recipe! Thank you! My son is allergic to eggs, but less so to egg yolks, so I am going to test him with your recipe. Can I use whey from cheese making (such as chevre) or does it have to be the whey from yogurt? Could I use Kombucha for the lacto-fermentation, instead of whey?


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  10. Chris K above mentioned he used Sunflower oil. How does this vegetable oil rate compared to the others? Is it also a poor choice or an evil we can live with? I tried the mayo recipe from Nourishing Traditions last week and the olive oil smell/taste was way too strong for me. I imagine the above recipe is close enough to that one that the result shouldn’t be too different.
    Thanks for any help you may be able to provide.

  11. @Kelly

    Ann Marie, so how long does it actually take to drop the half cup of oil in drop by drop? I may try half expeller pressed sesame oil and half olive oil so that it doesn’t taste too olive oil-ish.

    It won’t taste too olive-oil-ish. Try it. If you like, you can add a tiny bit of maple syrup or stevia or some kind of natural sweetener.

    As far as how long it takes… maybe 5 minutes. Remember you only need to do 1/2 a cup that way.

    Was that your picture?


    I notice it’s white like my beloved Helmanns (yes, I know, it has the soy junk in it), and when I made mine last week it looked and tasted more like mustard than mayo. I’m going to leave Helmanns for good as soon as I can get this down!

    I’m shocked that you are using Hellman’s. I thought you were avoiding GMOs!

  12. @Maureen

    Yes I love the idea of making mayo with added coconut oil and flax oil. I’m going to do that recipe next. I just wanted to have a very basic one for people who may not have those oils on hand.

  13. I love this homemade mayo – I use cold-expressed sunflower oil sometimes for the whole thing or half evoo and sunflower oil for a lighter taste. I also have to say that Chaffin’s olive oil is fantastic!! It is not strong or sharp but very mellow and nutty. I ordered some on your recommendation and it is one of the best tasting olive oils I’ve ever tried. Thanks so much.

    I have had good luck using my hand-held stick blender to make this mayo….. I am a slow oil drizzler rather than a dropper :)) and have never had a problem with it ‘breaking’, but I think the key to making a good emulsion is to have all the ingredients at the same temp as you mentioned in your recipe.

    I love the pic too – very unctuous :)))

  14. @Melanie –

    I modified Julia Child’s recipe in Mastering the Art of French Cooking (and Sally Fallon’s from Nourishing Traditions.

    Julia’s original recipe called for dry mustard. I didn’t have any on hand (and tend not to) so I used regular organic mustard from Trader Joe’s. Worked fine.

  15. @Paula – It’s the olive oil you are using. I have tried other olive oils but they are too strong for mayo. The Chaffin Family Orchards olive oil works great.

  16. @Wardeh

    Yes you can use kombucha — I don’t see why not. Just let a little of it ferment until it’s like vinegar.

    You could also use apple cider vinegar. Any vinegar will work.

  17. This recipe is great! Thanks! Adding whey to make it last longer is a wonderful tip. I use the Cusinart and use the pusher with the tiny hole to add the oil. I failed with the blender…not enough patience! But the Cusinart works every time.

  18. Hi — I didn’t catch the name of the olive oil you recommend — you also gave a coupon code for ordering it, but I can’t find what name you mentioned specifically. Would you mind sharing it again? Thanks!!!

  19. Two words: bacon mayo. ‘Nuff said. Though maybe not for all recipes…

    Also, I highly recommend using expeller-pressed coconut oil in mayo — no coconut flavor! I’ve heard macadamia nut oil is also really tasty.

    I tried using the “WAPF10” code at the Chaffin site, and it didn’t work.

  20. @ Andy

    Chris K above mentioned he used Sunflower oil. How does this vegetable oil rate compared to the others? Is it also a poor choice or an evil we can live with? I tried the mayo recipe from Nourishing Traditions last week and the olive oil smell/taste was way too strong for me. I imagine the above recipe is close enough to that one that the result shouldn’t be too different.
    Thanks for any help you may be able to provide.

    Please see my comment just below your comment (above) with the quotes from Mary Enig. She does not recommend using sunflower or safflower oil. Most of us are very deficient in omega-3s and have WAY too many omega-6s in our diet.

    This is not only due to all the soybean and vegetable oil we consume, it’s also because we’re eating factory farm eggs, meats and dairy. Eggs from factory farms have about 20 times more omega-3s. So we’re way out of balance.

    The key to this recipe is using a very MILD olive oil. This is why I recommend Chaffin Family Orchards. I have not found another oil that is as mild as this one.

  21. Gina – I think maybe I got the code wrong – oops!

    Try WAP10

    If it doesn’t work, email or call them – they will give you the discount.

    I’ll call too…

    DOH! I just looked it up.

    The coupon code is WAPF9

    Going to fix the post now… sigh… This is what I get for trying to get a post up quickly.

    Blogging ain’t easy!

  22. Thank you so much for the recipe, I just printed it and will be trying it out soon.

    I’ve tried ordering from Chaffin and for some reason when I get to the very end and click on order I get an error message that the company doesn’t accept my type of credit card (Mastercard). I’ve alerted them to it and it still doesn’t work. Anyone else have this problem? I guess I’ll have to make the phone call to order instead.

  23. You have inspired me! With summer coming, it’s time to eat more tuna & egg salad. I’m going to make some today and use coconut oil & olive oil.
    Thanks for your inspiring posts!

  24. Leesie – They have had problems with their shopping cart in the past. It’s a small family farm. I will forward your message to them so they are sure to get it.

    1. LOL Kelly!!!! I wish eating healthy was a little easier and we didn’t have to be so vigilant about all ingredients.

  25. Your recipe sounds really good. I’ve been using Bruce Fife’s recipe in Coconut lover cookbook. It uses both evoo and coconut oil. My husband loves it too. Homemade mayo is the best.

  26. Quick question: can I make whey from pasteurized? We use the cream-top yogurt from Trader Joe’s on occasion, but I wasn’t sure about the pasteurization…

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  27. We do a ton of mayonnaise too – I love it. It’s so marvelously fresh when made from real egg yolk and olive oil, plus it’s so easy to modify it according to your needs or to your tastebuds’ whims: wasabi, chipotle, bacon, dill – YUM. Possibilities are endless. I’ve never used whey in mine, though – just cider vinegar, egg yolk, salt, mustard and olive oil,

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    1. Oh good – my husband is severely allergic to milk protein, so I needed to know about the whey issue. I tried making some – too mustardy to me, but I think the recipe I used called for more mustard. Time to try again!

  28. @Brandy – yes it’s fine to use pasteurized yogurt to make whey.

    @Kelly – Whew! I’m so relieved you don’t have any of that in your house. I didn’t think you would…

    @Jenny – Yum those flavors sound divine! Does your mayo last in the fridge since it’s not fermented?

  29. HA! i beat you this time [but it seems we are still on the same wavelength 😉 ], i made homemade mayo last week for the first time and i had to do it a few times before i got it right. My blender sucks, so i had to go at it with a bowl and a whisk. One thing i didn’t do right at first was bringing my yolks to room temp and then one try i put too much oil in (well actually, it was bacon fat, it was really good, but i was using it for deviled eggs and the bacon taste became a bit much, so i think i’ll stick with using the bacon fat mayo for sandwiches only) and my mayo became runny, so i just compensated with one more yolk.

    This week, im going to make some more mayo but THIS time with some duck fat that i ordered! Im so excited! Now, all i have to do is make some whey (for the first time also) so that it lasts more than a week.


  30. As a good Southern girl, Hellman’s was the only mayo I’d ever consider. I did start making my own a couple of years back ago though because of the soy oil in Hellman’s. I have settled on a recipe using half EVOO and sunflower oil (even Sally suggests expeller pressed sunflower oil in NT). One tip that has made it taste closer to my beloved Hellman’s is to use half lemon juice and raw apple cider vinegar for the acid. It seems like a small thing, but it does make a difference, as well as regular mustard (organic). I can almost eat it off the spoon. In fact, my niece’s boys ask for “dip” when they have raw veggies! I used some today for egg salad…pretty good eating!

    I use a stick blender now…I used my food processor for a long time, but found the stick blender actually makes a stiffer mayo. Go figure….

  31. I love your idea to use whey to make the mayo, Ann! Promptly modifying my recipe to include it.

  32. Well all the olive oils I can get here is far too strong
    -so I dillute it with macadamia nut oil ( when I am rich 😉 )
    – and somtimes I use a little organic grape seed oil 1/3 part
    I know GSO s NOT good – but since it is the only source of polysaturated oils in my diet I think it is ok fo a change.
    But the olive oil/ macadamia nut mixture is goos and healthy.

    I tried added coconut oil and it was OK- but works better with asian flavours.

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  33. I’m glad to hear that someone else had the problem with Chaffin’s online ordering. I just sent them a message through their “Contact Us” link. Should have read here first!

    @Kelly – I was a Hellmann’s fan for years and years, too. Love that stuff! Too bad it doesn’t love us back. 🙂

    I really need to try that bacon mayo. I just cooked up a pound of bacon and topped off my supply of bacon fat. Maybe I’ll do that this weekend. Can you imagine it in egg salad?

  34. HI Anne Marie,

    I was wondering what brands you use for olive oil that is not extra-virgin. I want to use a good quality brand such as Chaffin for evoo type things – but when evoo is not needed, I’d prefer to use a quality – but less expensive option. Thanks!

  35. Hi there,

    Yes, thank you so much for the reminder about sunflower oil AnnMarie. It’s good to know about the EFA ratio’s and concerns regarding various vegetable oils. For most everything I do use olive oil, coconut oil, animal fats or butter/ghee, and yet on occasion for some things I will sometimes go ahead and use a good quality, organic, cold-expressed sunflower (or sesame, nut and flax) oil. It just depends, and I never expose them to heat either. I agree that it’s important to be aware of the benefits and detriments involved in our oil/fat choices that’s for sure, so thanks again for keeping us all on track!

    I have never tried using coconut oil in mayo, but as someone else suggested (and I read in another blog somewhere) I have made it using bacon fat and it’s pretty fabuloso :))))

  36. Thank you so much for this recipe and the information on canola and soy oils in most store brands of mayo. I had no idea. You inspired me to make my own mayo for the first time with your recipe and it worked! I feel so empowered. And, the cream cheese is yummy. Thank you!

  37. A good Southern girl should use no other but Duke’s 🙂 I just finished making this and am already anticipating how good it will taste in a few hours — between this and the sauerkraut, I should finally start using up all the whey I’ve been collecting from my kefir!

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  39. I love this blog! I am blessed to have chickens for meet and eggs, goats for milk and meat, hunters in my family for wild game. I really just needed to find a good mayo recipe. Without the mild evo, I didn’t like the olive mayo. I can’t wait to try again. I am making cheese today, tomorrow…mayo!
    Thanks and God bless you!

  40. Hey Ann Marie,
    I misread your recipe and left my mayo on the counter for several DAYS rather than several HOURS. Am I going to make everybody sick (question mark not working on keyboard) 🙁

    Sure tasted good when I had some right after making it. I’m a little nervous to try it now. I did use whey I made from raw milk.

  41. Apparently I went to quickly with the oil. I added the first half cup, and it was fine. Then it turned too runny. A waste of 3 eggs and VERY expensive olive oil. I am not impressed. I don’t know that I will try this again. I mean, I was going so slowly, my blender is getting hot!

    And yes, my eggs were room temperature. They sat on my counter (in 72 degree F kitchen) for 4 hours.


  42. Rebecca – I hope you did not throw it away. It isn’t wasted. You can salvage it.

    I was going to put this into the post but I ran out of time while I was writing it.

    It’s very easy to salvage turned mayo. Just take start over with a few egg yolks and slowly add the messed-up mayo a little at a time, like you would add the olive oil.

    It’s not about the speed at which you whisk or blend. You can whisk very slowly by hand and this will still work. It is about the speed at which you pour in the oil. If you go too fast, meaning, if you pour in too much at once, it will not emulsify.

    That said, I tried making mayo once with a cheap blender and it was a disaster. I think you certainly can make mayo with just a whisk and a bowl — or for that matter, with a cheap blender — but it takes the patience of a saint.

    My mother-in-law told me that her husband said once that if she was going to cook, she needed proper tools. I believe that. Sometimes the tools make all the difference.

  43. Also, don’t be too hard on yourself. The first few times I tried making mayo, it came out really runny.

    And I still can’t make a decent pizza crust using sourdough starter. And I’ve had so many bombs and mishaps in my kitchen, I can’t even count. I’ve practically set the oven on fire many, many times. Smoke, fire alarm, the whole 9. I try to laugh it off (although I’m usually cursing) and refer to myself Bridget Jones when this happens.

    It takes time and practice to become a good cook.

  44. Ah. That must be it – this blender sucks. I keep meaning to return it as it works sporadically at best. Now I guess I have even more incentive. Maybe I will get a stick blender instead.

    Can I use an electric mixer for this? And will my eggs have gone over? I left the whole mess on the counter in defeat and went for a walk, I just returned now. I threw the whey into the blender with the runny mayo just now, and took out two more eggs. The original eggs have been on the counter now for about 6.5 hours…

  45. Rebecca –

    WOO HOO! You did it! That’s AWESOME!

    I did it once, too with a whisk. It ain’t easy. But it can be done.

    And I’m THRILLED that you got your mayo to come back!

    And yes, you need a new blender. Considering the amount of time we traditional foodies spend cooking, we NEED quality tools.

    Re: eggs… I leave my eggs on the counter for weeks sometimes. Even in warm weather. When you get farm fresh eggs, they stay fresher longer than eggs from the grocery store. Your mayo is fine, I’m sure. Add a little whey and let it sit on the counter overnight. 😉

  46. Haha yes, I suppose I could work on my arms a little, too. Although I’d rather do a quick gym workout than whisk Mayo for 30 minutes again anytime soon. I need a new blender.
    After all is said and done, it’s still a little runny, and i’m afraid it’s gonna taste too strong. My olive oil is a little on the bold side, which is fine for cooking and salad dressings. I will let you know tomorrow how it tastes.

  47. Yes, not all olive oils are the same. I like the Chaffin Family Orchards olive oil for mayo. It’s extremely mild. Plus I like knowing I am supporting a family farm when I buy their olive oil.

    I agree with you about the gym work out. Whisking is no fun! I’d rather pump iron!

  48. AnnMarie – Shoot! I just made the NT recipe but like yours better. Do you know if using a whole egg is bad like how Sally has in her recipe? I thought uncooked egg white was bad. I did put whey in mine but wonder it it could cause food posioning…?

  49. Ok I just tried this recipe and was doing great and it looked really thick and creamy after getting about 1 cup of oil in then all of a sudden the blender started making a different noise and i looked down and everything was liquid again. I never started pouring the oil any faster. Do you know what I did wrong? Was it taking me too long?

  50. Cassie –

    Nope that just happens sometimes. It’s happened to me many times.

    Just empty that batch out, set it aside in a bowl and start over. Once you have a good batch, slowly add the messed-up batch bit by bit. It works. You don’t have to throw anything away.

    By the way, it may be your blender. Some blenders just don’t work too well. I tried making mayo once with a cheap blender and it was a DISASTER.

    Try with your food processor or maybe a handheld stick blender. Or use a whisk. It takes longer, but it does work. You don’t have to whisk fast, you can go very slow. But the motion has to be continuous.

  51. This is so awesome — I used my new Kitchenaid, the olive oil I use all the time (nothing special about it) 3 eggs from my backyard chickens, sea salt from the grocery store, dry mustard, apple cider vinegar (what I had in the house) and the whey I get when I make yogurt in my crockpot (using organic pasteurized milk and Dannon’s as a starter) — I used my oil pump squirter to steadily stream the oil in the mixuture as it whisked around the mixing bowl and it took about 20 minutes — I’ve got 2 pints of mayo on my cabinets right now. . yee-hah!

    I tried the Julia Child recipe before and got a dud — I think the difference was the slow, steady stream of oil from my “squirter.”
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  52. Hey there folks, I see many months since any comments here…But i was wondering, if anybody knows about using whey with a mayo that has lard or bacon grease? It should be fine right? People put raw meat in whey to make it better right? Also, I used a little bacon and alot of beef lard, and it turned out fantastic at first, but after fridge, turned solid just like a candle. I didn’t try the olive oil first cause I remembered reading these miles of comments about olive oil and a strong taste, and getting olive oil from online… Guess I’ll just have to break down and get some..we’re all helmann’s addicts here. So needless to say we’ve been “out of mayo” for quite a while(couple months), I refuse to pay for that toxic stuff anymore. Oh! Has anybody tried a mayo using ghee for the oil???

    1. LOL Sarah!! I used all coconut oil for my mayo and no eggs (allergy) and it turned out rock hard as well when I put it in the fridge!

  53. Sarah –

    I’ve never tried ghee… interesting. Might be worth a shot.

    It would be fine to use the whey with lard or bacon fat mayo.

    You could try using 1/2 olive oil and 1/2 bacon fat and see what happens.

    Maybe I’ll try that, too. Sounds delicious!

  54. I am scheming on making this this week, but am having real trouble finding an appropriate olive oil. I finally realized I need to just order it from Chaffin Family Farms. Is the code still good for a discount? I want to order a gallon.
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  56. I printed this out for my local raw milk supplier. They also sell pastured eggs and olive oil, so this recipe is perfect for using everything they produce. Thank you. I just talked with them this morning about buying some whey from them. I suppose you can freeze whey without any lost of nutrition or consistency?

  57. Oops, I just reread the recipe and see it says to leave on counter for a couple of hours…I left mine out for two days! Putting in fridge now… of course, the average temperature in my kitchen is 45-55 degrees.

  58. I made the best mayo so far using Egg Beaters, a stick blender, and for the oil, extra light tasting (not evoo) and coconut. It was creamy and mousse-like, and so quick and easy, a child could do it.

  59. The idea of lacto-fermented mayo is interesting. I normally reserve homemade mayo for special dishes as I find it only lasts 2 to 3 days. Can you use whey from other cheese making? OR must it have the cultures yogurt would give it?

    Your comments bring to mind another question. I have been aware of the pitfalls of most commercial oils and use olive oil almost exclusively, but also like to use grape seed oil. In the various fat literature i never see it mentioned. What do you know about it’s wholesomeness.

    Thank you so much for this blog.

  60. Yay! finally I am not a mayo virgin anymore. I so cannot believe I never made it before. I needed to make a bunch ( for a bi monthly big traditional food cooking service I do) and by the 4th batch, had the drop by drop thing and the streaming down and it is perfect. I used all olive oil. Personally, I like the taste of it and my clients will just have to as well. 🙂

  61. I made my mayo with one half melted butter and one half sunflower oil. Yeah thats bad, next time I’ll go with coconut oil instead of the sunflower oil. Turned out great though.

    Btw, if you use a stick blender, and have a small enough bowl you mix it in, you dont have to drip the oil. Just put the yolk in the bottom, and everything else on top, stick the blender in the bottom of the bowl, and buzz away. 10 seconds later you have mayo!

    Nice blog, yum recipes 🙂

  62. I make homemade mayo quite a bit and I generally use olive oil but I’m not all that happy with the flavor.

    I did not know this: ” Canola oil comes from the rape seed, which is part of the mustard family of plants. Rape is the most toxic of all food-oil plants. Like soy, rape is a weed. Insects will not eat it; it is deadly poisonous! The oil from the rape seed is a hundred times more toxic than soy oil. Source”

    1. Hi, that’s why using a mild olive oil works. I recommend Chaffin Family Orchards olive oil which is a late-harvest Mission olive oil — the mildest I have tasted. They wait very late in the season to pick, which most growers don’t do.

  63. Is the lacto fermentation aspect of this recipe based on Sally Fallon’s recipe? I ask because her original recipe contained honey. I am wondering whether the lacto-fermentation process can occur when honey is omitted without adding some sort of glucose or fructose. Any thoughts? Doesn’t lacto fermentation require sugar?

    1. Yes it is. You don’t need to add honey for it to lacto-ferment. Pickles and sauerkraut don’t contain honey and they lacto-ferment with salt or whey.

      The original recipe from Julia Child contains sugar. You can add honey if you like. I did not find it necessary.

  64. I’m going to try using some juice from my homemade sauerkraut, as I’m allergic to milk protein and thus can’t use whey.

    1. Hi,
      I’m wondering if either of you or anyone else has attempted this recipe with the sauerkraut juice yet? I also cannot have any dairy, but most recipes call for whey, a packaged starter culture, or additional salt. I’d definitely like to have some added assurance the ferment will work without having to spend more money or add extra salt (in the case of other foods/recipes.) I’m glad to have seen leftover juice from ferments as an option throughout the Web in various recipes though. I’m just a little unsure as an amateur, lol! Also, Is there anything aside from a leftover juice that might work? Thank you! 🙂

  65. Tried your recipe and loved it! However when I left it out to ferment I intended to leave it out for a few hours. but forgot it overnight. It is safe to eat if it has been out for 24 hours before being refrigerated? I would just toss it and try again, but I did the same thing with the last batch, lol!

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  67. I love the idea of this, but as the picky eater in my family, does the whey noticeably affect the taste?

    I love to use either cold pressed macadamia or avocado oil for this. If you use a squirt bottle like the ones for taking ketchup to a picnic or drizzling icing glaze, it is easy to get the thin stream of oil for blending.

    Take care :o)

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  69. We’ve just started making our own mayo and we love it! I use half light tasting olive oil and half grapeseed oil. Has a very nice taste. I’m excited to try it fermented!

  70. Oh yeah, the recipe I’m using calls for avocado oil instead of grapeseed oil but I didn’t have the avocado oil…I’m sure that would taste good too though!

  71. I am very interested in this recipe and wondered if you could provide info. or a link as to why the whey makes it last longer in the fridge.

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  73. I know this is really late, but is there a way to lacto-ferment mayo without the whey? My daughter is dairy-sensitive, but I am trying to get more ferments into her to help with her gut situation.

  74. Thank you for your wonderful website and recipes, but I have to say I just tried to make this recipe twice and it didn’t turn out. I’m frustrated and discouraged. I used a $9 bottle of good olive oil and 6 eggs…all wasted. Then I tried the mayo recipe out of Nourishing Traditions and it turned out fine. I tried it with 1/2 olive oil, 1/2 coconut oil, which is what I had on hand, to try to minimize the overbearing olive oil flavor. It’s not bad but we’ll have to get used to it. Trying to retrain the taste buds here.

    1. I’ve found mayo to be super hit or miss in general, so I can appreciate your frustration. I love this lacto-fermented recipe, though! Here is a great link to a method for saving your mayo when if feels that all is lost: https://justhungry.com/2006/02/basics_mayonnai.html
      I found it after attempting this recipe with my less than par mayo-making skills. Don’t lose hope!

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  76. I recently made mayo and it was so easy. No patience required. Put all the ingredients (room temp) into a jar or container that the stick blender goes in, blend pulling up with the stick blender and you have perfect mayo. Delish.

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  79. I love this recipe but… The ratio of eggs to oil is always off for me. I need about 6 egg yolks to get the mayo to set. Made it twice now following this exactly and had to “repair” the mayo by starting over because it didn’t emulsify :(. That being said I just up it to 6 eggs and voila! Perfect mayo! I am wondering what kind of olive oil do you use? Extra Virgin always is too strong of an “olive oily” taste to me. I prefer a light tasting olive oil. Most big box store olive oil isn’t an option for me ( I want actual olive oil not a canola oil blend, eek). I know that a late harvest olive oil tastes lighter. Any suggestions for any light tasting olive oils?

    1. You should try this method for making mayo: https://themeanestmomma.com/2012/03/13/paleo-mayo-2-0/. It’s as fool proof and easy as it gets. I have never had a problem getting good mayo using it. A couple of things to remember, though a) ingredients need to be at room temperature and b) the container needs to be just slightly bigger in diameter than the immersion blender (so that the oil is not pulled down too quickly into the mixture). I could never make mayo correctly until I tried this. Every other method I used was a total failure.

      I often use a combination of oils besides olive including hazelnut, walnut or macadamia nut (I typically use at least 1/2 a cup of olive oil and then 1/4 cup of two other oils just to add a different combination of omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids).

      1. Thank you so much for posting a link to the paleo mayo! Definitely looks easier and I can’t wait to try it!!

    1. And have it be more long lasting I mean…I see you can obviously make it without but then it doesn’t last as long right?

  80. Thank you for the great information!
    This is exactly what I want to know for a long time.
    I have one question.
    I’m making water kefir at home, and I’d like to know if water kefir would work instead of whey.

  81. Just got finished making a quart of this mayonnaise and letting it ferment now 🙂 I’m running out of counter space with so much stuff fermenting all over the kitchen! Kefir, kombucha, hard apple cider, apple cider vinegar, and now mayonnaise 🙂 Thanks, AnnMarie!

  82. I have been making my mayo for years now and I use plain olive oil ( not extra virgin) because I find extra virgin to have too strong of a flavor. As a result I use the big jug from Costco. I want to use real olive oil but I also want my mayo to taste like mayo not olive oil. Does anyone have any suggestions for this? Perhaps a brand of real olive oil that is not extra virgin?

    1. I prefer to make mayo with grape seed oil or rice bran oil. If I use olive oil, I only use 1/4 olive oil (or less) and the rest a milder oil.

      I’m also wondering about alternatives to whey, and how long this lasts. I’m tired of having to make mayo every few days- I miss having a jar in the pantry for emergencies.

  83. From

    Costco’s Kirkland Signature Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil may be the best-kept secret in the store. At $9.99 for 1.5 liters, it is roughly half the cost of the well-known Bertolli brand, and yet, according to at least one independent study, it’s much better. In a recent comparison of 19 olive oils on the market, The Olive Center, a research group at the University of California-Davis, found that Kirkland Organic was one of only five in the study not mixed with cheaper refined olive oil that can spoil the taste. The other four at the top of the list were all high-end brands that cost as much as five times Costco’s. Make sure you buy the Costco version that’s labeled organic, though, as opposed to the one that’s simply called “extra virgin olive oil.” It’ll cost a little bit more, but it’s worth it.

  84. oops pasting link did not work
    from www.cbsnews.com slash 8301-505145_162-51484582/5-things-you-should-buy-at-costco/

    5 Things You Should Buy at Costco

    Costco may not be the best example, grocery store olive oils had as many problems in lab tests

  85. I just made this the other day. However, I forgot and left the mayo out overnight. It was out for about 18 hours. Think it’s still ok? Thanks!

  86. I tried to make mayo once using my Vita Mix and the dang thing got so hot on the bottom while I ever-so-slowly drizzled in the olive oil that I ended up with weirdly cooked mayo. It tasted gross so I threw it out. Will a food processor work better?

    1. Actually, it’s much easier to do with an immersion blender. See the instructions here: https://www.seriouseats.com/2011/10/the-food-lab-homemade-mayo-in-2-minutes-or-le.html

  87. I use my food processor for making mayo all the time. I’ve never tried with my immersion blender- I think that would hurt my hand too much, since mine requires me to hold the button in for it to work.

    1. You don’t have to hold very long, though. It takes me less than a minute to make it this way.. It’s *much* faster than the slow dribbling process used in traditional blenders or food processors. It starts to emulsify almost immediately. You just need to make sure your ingredients are at room temperature and that the container you use is only a little bit wider than the end of the blender. That way the oil sits above the blades so when you turn it on, the blades pull the oil down at just the right speed to emulsify. Then as the bottom of the container fills with emulsified mayo, you raise the blender up to incorporate the rest of the oil.

  88. Does anyone know why my oil could be separating on the top of the jar after 1-2 weeks? I used a combo of olive and avocado oils.

    Also …. I cannot find the answer to this anywhere – how long will this mayo last in the fridge (why the whey added and fermented on counter for 8hrs) ?? I’ve heard 2 months, but I’m not too sure about mine after about one month.


  89. Metallic aftertaste sounds a bit off to me, should not be there!
    Nor have i countered any separating, but then again, my mayo doesnt last in the fridge even for a week. That may be cause it gets devoured so quickly!
    I dont use whey for the age anymore either, for the aforementioned reason..
    Just handwhisked mayo, one yolk, teaspoon mustard, cork of white wine vinegar, (generous) half tea spoon honey, salt & pepper, 1-2 cups olive oil (2-5 desilitre). Have to adjust the measures to taste, depending on the amount of oil you may need a pooload of vinegar extra or honey or whatever your mouth desires!
    They sell a good light (light in taste!) olive oil in Finland, which makes a mayo fit for the gods…
    This recipe is the startng point for me, so many heartful thanks to Ann Marie!

  90. This Mayo recipe is easier than the one I’d found a while back! I wanted to share something about a different oil to use with everyone.

    I use home-pressed pinion pine oil (Hat tip to the documentary, “Happy People: A Year In the Taiga.” I was able to increase my “harvest” with a mallet) because the trees grow wild around here and someone gave me an antique shucker and a press. I even use this oil instead of olive oil in pesto and I use the nuts as a very cost effective substitute for pinoli nuts.
    If food quality truly matters to you, and you are up for it, look into making your own oil. For 2 good hours of work, I saved around $200 in just the nuts. To put this into perspective, a person who makes $25/ hour working yields $200 for an 8 hour day. Effectively, it is like getting paid $100 per hour on the weekends part-time without being taxed, compared to working overtime at time-and-a-half for $37.50 per hour. I can say it enough. Make your own!

  91. Can't wait to try this! I make mayo with a stick blender jn a pint mason jar. I just dump everything in and blender away!

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