Mayonnaise is a delicious condiment — essentially the emulsion of oil with egg yolks. However, store-bought mayonnaise can contain additives and all types of ingredients you won’t even recognize. Creating your own mayonnaise from scratch can make your sandwich healthier if you choose fresh and natural ingredients.

After you master the basics, which are fairly simple, you can experiment with how you concoct this condiment, eventually stirring up a special recipe of your own. Cooking is lots of fun, and making mayonnaise shouldn’t be any different. So put on some music, take out the essential ingredients and get ready to stir up something delectable.

You will need the following ingredients: eggs, vinegar, lemon juice, water, salt, cayenne pepper and extra virgin olive oil.

You will need the following kitchen supplies: a mixing bowl, stove and whisk.

Blend ingredients
Separate three eggs and put their yolks in a mixing bowl, along with two tablespoons of vinegar, two tablespoons of water and two tablespoons of lemon juice.

Heat the mixture on your stove top at around 150 degrees for one minute. Stir throughout — which reduces your risk of salmonella poisoning.

Place mixing bowl on the counter and allow the mixture to cool for a few minutes.

Add more ingredients for flavor
Add a half tablespoon of cayenne pepper, a half tablespoon of salt and a bit of spicy mustard to the mixture. Then whisk the mixture until the ingredients blend together. Desire a little more kick? Consider splashing a bit more pepper in there next time. Want thicker mayonnaise? Go a little easier on the water so it doesn’t thin so considerably.

Olive oil
Slowly add high-quality extra virgin olive oil, teaspoon by teaspoon, perpetually whisking, until your mixture reaches the proper consistency of mayonnaise. This should take up to one and a half cups of olive oil. Remember to fully integrate each teaspoon of olive oil before moving onto the next.