Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thursday's Kitchen Cupboard..........11/17/2011

For those of you who have been stopping by this blog for awhile. You may remember my first attempt at making mustards last year. You can read Part 1 here, Update 1 here and Update 2 here.

Last year I made four varieties of mustard; Spicy Brown, Bavarian Whole Seed, Coarse Ground Yellow & Coarse Ground w/Red Wine.

The Spicy Brown Mustard was perfect and everyones favorite with the exception of my one best friend, who is a mustard freak like me. Her favorite was the Bavarian Whole Seed Mustard.

This year I decided to make two double batches of the Spicy Brown Mustard, two versions of American Yellow Mustard, Horseradish Mustard & my own recipe, which is Coarse Ground Mustard w/beer.

All of the mustards are made and then placed in a cool dark place to age. The mustards are extremely strong when first made. The aging will mellow the flavor. Once the flavor is to your liking, place it in the refrigerator to keep the flavor to the desired pungency level.

The recipe for the Spicy Brown Mustard can be found here. The only adjustment that I made was to use half the salt.

The original American Yellow Mustard can be found here. I also cut the salt in half.

The second version the American Yellow Mustard was made very similar to the first. The only change that I have made so far is I took yellow mustard seeds and ground them a bit to use instead of store bought ground mustard or mustard flour. This will make for a some what coarse mustard. I may have to add a bit of the store bought ground mustard as it may be a bit too thin. We shall see how it is after aging for a week in the basement.

This is a double batch of each of the following ready to be aged: American Yellow w/ground seeds, American Yellow & Spicy Brown.

My goal is to make a similar, but better mustard then the Bavarian Whole Seed Mustard that I made last year. I felt that it was too thick and too coarse. I did a little research and found another mustard recipe that was a whole seed mustard and also used beer. This is what I came up with.

Coarse Ground Mustard w/Beer - Notes in red are adjustments to the recipe
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Mustard Seeds
  • 1/2 Cup Yellow Mustard Seeds
  • 1 1/2 Cups Beer
  • 1/2 Cup Malt Vinegar
  • 1/2 Cup lightly packed Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Dry Mustard + 2 Tbsp.
  • 1 Tbsp. Onion Powder
  • 2 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. Honey
  1. Partially grind mustard seeds in spice or coffee grinder. I suppose you could grind them by hand with a mortar and pestle.
  2. Soak the mustard seeds in beer overnight. The beer will foam up when you add the seeds. So make sure you have a big enough bowl.
  3. Place soaked seeds and remaining ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until evenly mixed.
  4. Put mixture in glass container, cover and age in a cool dark place until desired flavor is reached.

This is the coarse ground mustard seeds after soaking in beer overnight. The remaining ingredients will be added and it will be put in storage to age.

The Horseradish Mustard will be started this afternoon since I wanted to get the horseradish from the Farmer's Market.

I will do an update on the mustards next week and also post the recipe for the Horseradish Mustard and let you know if I have made any adjustments to the recipes.

What's been going in or out of your cupboard lately??


  1. Timely post - I've been thinking about making mustard lately. Have you ever made them from home grown seed? I was thinking about attempting the whole thing but I'm not sure how much I would need to plant to achieve it (or indeed if that is just a silly idea).

  2. Liz, No, I have never made any mustard from home grown seed. I really don't know how productive the plants would be and if it would be worth it. I have thought about it though. Maybe I should grow a couple of plants in pots next year and see what the results are.

  3. I finally joined in. I kept meaning too, but then Wed and Thursdays were so busy that I never got the chance. This time I wrote it on Monday to post today. That worked. lol

    Love your mustards. I wonder how much garden space it would take to grow enough mustard seed for a batch.

  4. My husband is so boring ... only likes yellow mustard. I like the beautiful more robust mustards but don't bother to keep anything but a very small jar of it around as he will not eat it and while I like mustard, I am not slathering it on everything I eat - so a little goes a long ways. Maybe I will have to give in and just make some yellow mustard.

  5. Daphne, Thursday keeps sneaking up on me too! Glad you joined in!

    I think it would be interesting to see how many plants it would take to make a batch of mustard. I guess that I need to do a little research!

    Laura, I love mustard and "The Italian" loves ketchup! I guess it's a guy thing. Hopefully this yellow mustard will be good. If so, I will make some more. We will give a lot of the mustard as Christmas gifts.

  6. I LOVE this post. if my pantry weren't stocked with some great mustards bought on sale, I'd get right on trying one of yours. look forward to seeing more of your blog!

  7. I made mustard for the first time this year and it was so spicy when first made I could not eat it. Glad to know it will mellow. Maybe I will be able to use it after all.

  8. Thanks Ginny, I am hoping to have mustard perfection this year!

    Hi Dmarie and thanks for stopping by! I am thrilled that you enjoy the blog!

    Jane, Some mustards can take up to 2 months to age properly. The varieties that I have made take just a few weeks. I'm sure your mustard will mellow and will be great to eat!

  9. We've never tried mustard. Looks great!!

  10. I have tried a few recipes but have never found one I really likes. But then I didn't know about letting it age. Guess I need to get on line and order some seed. I need to send an order for tea shortly so may just do that.

    I have started writing Thursday's cupboard most every day to be posted today so it doesn't take so long on Thursday.

    Robin thanks for sharing the recipes.

  11. We've never made mustard but have made piccallili :)

  12. I don't have anything to share today, but I am going to get going and make some mustard. I bought brown and yellow seeds some time ago, so I really have no excuse!

  13. I finally get to take part!! Love the mustard. I have been wanting to make my own for the past couple of years. I think you have have finally given me to push to do it!

  14. Stoney Acres, It's really very good. You should give it a try some time!

    Wilderness, You really have to let mustard age or it will be way too strong. Let me know if you try it again.

    That's a great idea to work on the post every day. Then it's not too much to do.

    Sue, Home made mustard is just like anything else homemade....much better!

    Dave, I've been wondering if you had made any yet. You better get to work!

    Mrs.P, Thanks for joining in! Now, I have to go check out your post!

  15. Oh wow homemade mustard, I'm going to try to make it one of these days, thanks for the recipes.

  16. You sure are a creative cook! First ketchup and now mustard. I bet it will be delicious.

  17. We have never made mustard...we will have to give this recipe a try!

  18. Very interesting on the mustard recipes.

  19. Mac, Give it a try. With all your wonderful creations, I'm sure that you will come up with something great!

    Thanks Jody, I just love mustard! Making mustard have been fun!

    Hi Team Dean and thanks for stopping by! Oh give it a try..making new things is alway fun!

    Hi Becky, Thanks, I think that this new recipe is going to be a winner!

  20. I didn't get a post written today and likely won't have one to add to your linky. Looks like others are postng here though which means its growing. Yeah for you!

    Making mustard. What a task!

  21. Robin, It's thanks to you that we now have mustard! Hubby was going to make it last time you posted. Glad you posted again. Yum!

  22. Marcia, I'm looking forward to another great recipe from you next week!

    Lynda, I'm glad that your hubby finally got around to making some mustard! I hope that he does a post on what he made.


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