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Julia Child's Homemade Mayonnaise

Julia Child's Homemade Mayonnaise Julia Child's Homemade Mayonnaise Julia Child's Homemade Mayonnaise

Note from Julia: The following directions are for a hand-beaten sauce. Exactly the same system is followed for an electric beater. Use the large bowl, and the moderately fast speed for whipping cream. Continually push the sauce into the beater blades with a rubber scraper.













Trans-fat Free, Low Carb, Sugar-Free


3 large egg yolks
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
or lemon juice, plus more as needed
½ teaspoon salt
plus more as needed
¼ teaspoon dry mustard
or prepared mustard
1 ½ cups olive oil
or salad oil, or a mixture of both
2 tablespoons water


You need a round-bottomed, 2½- to 3-quart glazed pottery, glass, or stainless-steel mixing bowl.

Set it in a heavy casserole or saucepan to keep it from slipping.

Warm the bowl in hot water. Dry it.

Add the egg yolks and beat for 1 to 2 minutes until they are thick and sticky.

Add the vinegar or lemon juice, salt and mustard. Beat for 30 seconds more.

The egg yolks are now ready to receive the oil, and while it goes in, drop by drop, you must not stop beating until the sauce has thickened.

A speed of 2 strokes oer second is fast enough.

You can switch hands or switch directions, it makes no difference as long as you beat constantly.

Add the drops of oil with a teaspoon, or rest the lip of the bottle on the edge of the bowl.

Keep your eye on the oil rather than on the sauce.

Stop pouring and continue beating every 10 seconds or so, to be sure the egg yolks are absorbing the oil.

After ⅓ to ½ cup of oil has been incorporated, the sauce will thicken into a very heavy cream and the crisis is over.

The beating arm may rest a moment.

Then beat int the remaining oil by 1 to 2 tablespoons dollops, blending it thoroughly after each addition.

when the sauce becomes too thick and stiff, beat in drops of vinegar or lemon juice to thin it out. Then continue with the oil.

Beat the boiling water into the sauce. This is an anti-curdling insurance. Season to taste.

If the sauce is not used immediately, scrape it into a small bowl and cover it closely so a skin will not form on its surface.


* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 53g (1.9 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 379100% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 42g 65%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 79mg 26%
Sodium 152mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 1% Iron 2%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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