Saturday, February 2, 2008

Low Sodium Homemade Mayo

Sometimes I get a craving for chicken salad, tuna salad, or egg salad. Now normally, if I'm just smearing a bit of mayo on a sandwich, I'll use the prepared, store bought stuff. No one makes a truly low or no salt version. However, if I'm using a lot of mayo, I make my own unsalted version. At one time my local Safeway carried Davidson's Pasteurized Eggs and I could make true unsalted mayonnaise without worrying about salmonella. Eventually, the store stopped carrying those eggs, and I turned to EggBeaters (1/4 c. = 115 mg. sodium). I found a recipe for making mayo with the egg substitute. Not a no salt spread, but lower in sodium than the commercially prepared stuff. But I couldn't really use up a carton of EggBeaters before it would go bad. I just don't always use eggs a lot. So I was on the lookout for a powdered, dried form of eggs I could use.

Last week I picked up some Just Whites, powdered egg whites, and I decided to try them to make salt free mayo. They worked just fine. The mayonnaise was a bit thinner than store bought, but that would not be a problem in the chicken salad.

Low Sodium Homemade Mayonnaise 
(Printable Recipe)

1/3 cup Egg Beaters (at room temperature)
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
2 tablespoons lemon juice (I used 1 tbsp. lemon juice & 1 tbsp. vinegar)
1 cup vegetable oil

Notes: I also added a dash of low sodium Worcestershire sauce; a couple sprinkles garlic powder; 1/4 tsp. white pepper; and a pinch of sugar.

Combine egg substitute, spices, lemon juice and 1/2 cup oil in a food processor. Whirl a few seconds to mix. (I used the blender & let it blend for about 20-30 seconds) With machine running, slowly add the remaining 1/2 cup oil in a fine stream. (I poured the oil very slowly directly over the blades; I also had to stop & blend in the oil with a rubber spatula a couple of times)

Using Just Whites: I used 4 tsp. powder to 1/4 cup water and followed the package directions.


Anonymous said...

Talking about mayonnaise, I saw on-line a product made by Hellmanns. It is "Hellmanns extra light mayonnaise". Here is the scoop:
12 calories per serving.
4mg sodium per serving!!!

BUT. It is not sold in the US. It is sold in England. I called Hellmanns and they told me not all products are sold everywhere.
How about we all call them and ask them to distribute the product here.

Check it out on line. It is a real product!!

Marty Oksenhorn

shambo said...

Wow! That almost sounds too good to be true. I wonder if there are ways of ordering it online? Thanks for the info.

Smithy said...

How much sodium in the mayo with just whites?

shambo said...

Smithy, 4 tsp. of "Just Whites' contains 100 mgs. of sodium. That combined with 1 cup oil, 2 tbsp. lemon/vinegar, and whatever salt-free seasonings you want to add results in over 1 cup of mayonnaise with just about 100 mgs. of sodium total or about 6 mgs. sodium per tablespoon.