|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 2g||2%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 1g||0%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||2%|
|Total Sugars 0g|
|Vitamin C 0mg||2%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
At its most basic, the condiment we call mustard, also called "prepared mustard," is just the seeds of the mustard plant plus water. Adding vinegar or another acid preserves the spiciness. Without it, the mustard becomes bland with time.
In this basic recipe, a little salt has been added for flavor. A mix of powdered and whole mustard seeds is included for texture.
When mustard seeds are broken (lightly crushed or ground to a fine powder) and exposed to liquid, a reaction takes place that results in the spicy, hot taste of the condiment.
In this mustard recipe and its variations, keep in mind that black mustard seeds are the hottest variety, and that starting out with cold liquid results in a hotter taste than if you use a warm liquid. So, if you like your mustard hot, use black mustard seeds and cold liquid. For a milder flavor, stick to yellow (sometimes called white) mustard seeds and use warm liquid.
Use as a condiment for your sandwiches, in your glaze for making salmon, or in your glaze for ham and enjoy!
2 tablespoons brown or black whole mustard seeds
1/4 cup ground mustard powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup water
4 teaspoons apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Grind the seeds in a spice grinder for 15 seconds. You don't want to completely reduce the seeds to a powder—they should still be mostly whole but just a little bit crushed. Alternatively, have at it with a mortar and pestle.
Combine the slightly crushed seeds, mustard powder, and salt in a small bowl. Stir to mix the dry ingredients.
Mix in the wet ingredients. The mustard may seem soupy at this stage. Don't worry—it will thicken up as the mustard seeds and powder absorb the liquids.
Cover and store at room temperature for 2 days before using. This wait time is important, and not just because it allows time for the mustard to thicken up. Freshly made mustard has a harsh, bitter taste. That bitterness mellows as the mustard ages.
After the 2-day wait, transfer the mustard to a clean glass jar(s). Cover tightly.
- Be patient and let your mustard sit for the 2-day waiting period to try it out. Otherwise, it will be bitter and not pleasant to taste.
- Mustard will keep in the refrigerator for at least 4 months. For longer storage at room temperature, using 1/4 or 1/2-pint canning jars and lids and process them in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.
- Spicy Beer Mustard: Use cold beer instead of the water and add 1 teaspoon of honey.
- White Wine and Tarragon Mustard: Use white wine instead of the water. Use tarragon vinegar or another herbal vinegar instead of the plain kind. Or use plain cider or wine vinegar, but add 1 to 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh tarragon or another herb.
- Honey Mustard: Add 2 tablespoons honey to the basic recipe.