I have been meaning to experiment with aquafaba, aka canned chickpea liquid, for quite some time. I finally got around to making something very simplistic. Homemade mayonnaise.
Why the curiosity? Well, for one, I eat chickpeas quite a bit and I've been throwing down the drain the liquid from these beans which can apparently be used in multiple, interesting ways to replace eggs in recipes and other tasty applications. I'll talk about that in a bit but let me share how I went about making this mayonnaise using chickpea liquid.
Most mayonnaise recipes start with an egg, so I replaced this with the aquafaba by using 1/4 cup.
All the usual suspects of mustard, lemon juice and oil were added in addition to garlic and onion powder.
To keep the flavor neutral, I used an extra light tasting olive oil. (Don't think of trying to use extra virgin olive oil, you won't like the results.) You'll end up with a very bitter tasting mayo that won't be appealing to your taste buds.
Now if you want to get some hand exercise, you can whisk it up in a bowl, but if you rely on your handy kitchen tools like I do, a blender will get the job done faster. Here is the end result. Wow!
Now, your question may be "Does it taste like regular commercial mayonnaise?" Yes, it does, but I think it taste better and is slighter lighter in taste. Just think of how gratifying it is to "whip up" your own mayo without all of the preservatives of traditional jarred mayo and vegan mayo.
Speaking of vegan mayo's available in grocery stores in the health isle, I've paid a pretty penny for one not too long ago and tried it for myself. The taste was horrible and had me running for the regular stuff. lol.
But seriously, whether you are a vegan or not you will like the taste of this mayo using aquafaba. Don't worry the bean taste is not detected.
You can give my recipe a try the next time you have this extra liquid on hand.
Now if you are looking for other uses of using this liquid, "The Vegan Society" has plenty of options! You can make healthier ice creams, vegan cheeses and even butter.
20 Amazing Things You Can Do with Aquafaba
So, the next time, you open up a can of chickpeas, remember some of these great options, before you throw away all the awesome things you can make with this liquid.
Eat Good! Look Good! Feel Good!
Vanessa LaBranche/Chef Instructor-Culinary Educator