Shelf Stable Homemade Vegan Mayonnaise?

Looking for a homemade, shelf stable, vegan mayonnaise that won’t separate

Vegan Mayo

Dear Savvy Vegetarian:

Your recipes are awesome! I am looking for a homemade vegan mayonnaise that won’t separate and is shelf stable.

Can you help me? Thanks, Patti P.

Savvy Veg Advice

Thank you, Patti :-)

I don’t know if there is such a thing as homemade shelf stable mayonnaise!

Any homemade vegan mayo will separate eventually. After all, it doesn’t have eggs or any of the food additives which make mayo shelf stable.

But if your homemade mayo separates, you can just use a fork or a spoon to beat it together again.

Here’s a mayo recipe from The 30 Minute Vegan cookbook by Mark Reinfield & Jennifer Murray – which I highly recommend. Maybe this recipe won’t separate.

1 1/2 cups safflower oil
3/4 cup soy milk
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp agave nectar (optional)
3/4 tsp sea salt, or to taste
1 1/2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

Combine all the ingredients except the lemon juice in a blender and blend until smooth.


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Slowly add the lemon juice through the top while blending, until the mixture thickens.

For best results store in an airtight glass container in the fridge and use within a week.

I suggest making mayo in small quantities, like 1/2 of the recipe above, and using it up quickly.


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You could also try our tofu-mayonnaise-recipe.phpTofu Mayonnaise Recipe. It does separate slightly, but not enough that I consider it a problem.

Here are a few ways to use your homemade mayonnaise:
Carrot Apple Salad
Chickpea Salad Sandwich Spread
Potato Salad
Vegan Spinach Dip

And did you know that you can also make vegan sour cream with vegan mayo? Just by beating in another 1 – 2 Tbsp lemon juice!

Judith Kingsbury, Savvy Vegetarian

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2 Responses to “Shelf Stable Homemade Vegan Mayonnaise?”

  1. Savvy Veg says:

    Hi Kat, thank you! Zoe will be thrilled by your comment, since this is the first review she’s written for Savvy Veg. We love Mark Bittman’s veg cookbook, which was actually reviewed by another daughter, Sarah Kingsbury! It’s unusual for a vegetarian cookbook to be written by a non, or in his case, a semi vegetarian, but I think it’s actually helpful because he can see both sides.

  2. Kat Stabe says:

    Just read Zoe’s review of the Veganomicon Cookbook. I am not a vegan/vegetarian but I do like to have regular meatless meals and do have a vegetarian soon to be son-in-law. This is a cookbook that will be on my shelf and well used in short order. Can recommend Mark Bittman’s How To Cook Everything Vegetarian cookbook. It is one we use a lot. BTW thanks for a great site. I personally have learned a lot and it certainly helps me understand our Josh.

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