Broken or runny mayonnaise: how to fix mayonnaise
Fresh free range eggs, olive oil, lemon juice or white vinegar, salt and pepper to taste, a little energy and a dash of patience...
These are the ingredients for the homemade version of one of the best-loved and well-known sauces in the world: mayonnaise.
Mayonnaise is a sauce made from simple ingredients that must be dosed in accurate proportions. The base for homemade mayonnaise is an emulsion of olive oil and a watery solution (lemon juice or vinegar), with the addition of egg yolk for flavor and consistency, while ensuring all the ingredients "stick" together. Egg yolk is rich in surfactants, molecules with one end that is water-soluble and the other end that binds with oil.
Preparing homemade mayonnaise is simple... almost as simple as ending up with broken mayonnaise.
How do you make mayonnaise?
Tips for avoiding broken mayonnaise
What causes broken mayonnaise?
How to fix broken mayonnaise
To sum up, if mayonnaise doesn't set or is too runny, there are two main reasons: the ingredients haven't been properly dosed or cold ingredients have been used.
Either way, no need to worry: it's not too late to save your sauce.
To achieve the correct balance between ingredients, simply add more liquid to your broken mayonnaise. So, if you have added too much oil, the remedy is simple: place a small amount of your broken mayonnaise in a clean bowl and add a few drops of lemon juice or vinegar. As the mixture improves, gradually add the rest of the broken mayonnaise and alternate with a few drops of liquid, until your mayonnaise looks better.
On the contrary, if your mayonnaise is too runny or doesn't set because you've added cold ingredients, simply add another egg yolk, strictly at room temperature. In this case too, the process for fixing your mayonnaise is linear. In fact, after whisking the egg in a separate bowl, gradually add the broken mayonnaise, one spoon at a time, until it becomes dense enough.