Saving broken mayonnaise: A recipe for emulsifying curdled oil and eggs (VIDEO).

Did Your Homemade Mayonnaise Curdle? Here’s How to Save It.

Did Your Homemade Mayonnaise Curdle? Here’s How to Save It.

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Sept. 30 2014 12:42 PM

How to Save Broken Mayonnaise

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Few culinary tasks are as ego-boosting as making mayonnaise. Turning eggs, lemon juice, and oil into a rich, creamy emulsion can make you feel like an alchemist wielding magical powers over everyday substances.

The flip side of mayonnaise’s psychological benefits is its potential for crushing failure. If you’ve made mayonnaise, you’ve probably encountered a broken, curdled mess at least once. But the next time you bungle a batch of mayo, don’t throw it away—if you have a couple of extra eggs, you can rescue broken mayonnaise easily.

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L.V. Anderson is a former Slate associate editor.