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How to Save Broken Mayonnaise

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.


Read more about adding water to mayonnaise, and check out Slate’s recipe for miso mayonnaise.