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Is Mayo Paleo?

Is Mayo Paleo?

Traditional store bought or commercially prepared mayo is beyond the scope of paleo dieting as there are various non paleo ingredients included during its preparation; perhaps the most obvious of which is processed oil. But that does not go to say that paleo dieters cannot enjoy their own homemade version of mayonnaise.

As a matter of fact, when working with homemade mayo, paleo followers have the opportunity to experiment with different kinds of paleo fats and an array of herbs and spices that will render their concoction much better than any store bought version.

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There is the option of using different kinds of animal fats such as lard, tallow or suet as well as the more traditional olive oil or coconut oil. The method can be of your choice by either using a blender, a food processor or doing the work by hand. For the most part, many fellow paleo dieters who have been making their own mayonnaise find working by hand the easiest and most convenient method. Here is now a look at how to make basic mayonnaise yourself that is paleo approved:

Basic paleo mayonnaise:

Using 2 egg yolks, add 1 tsp mustard and 1 tsp lemon juice, placing ingredients in bowl. This can be a simple bowl if you want to work with a hand whisk or the blender or food processor if you choose to work with machines.

Run blender or food processor on low, or whisk hard using the hand whisk. At the same time slowly pour in a mixture of ½ cup olive oil and ½ cup coconut oil. (The 2 oils are used together to counter the strong taste of olive oil and the hardening effect of coconut oil.) Try to use a light tasting olive oil so that the flavor is not overwhelming.

Continue whisking nonstop to prevent the mixture from separating from the oils. Once the mixture starts to thicken, you can add the remaining oils at a faster pace.

Once the oil infuses completely and the mixture becomes thick, add 2 more tsp of lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.

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