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Make Your Own Mustard

Named for the plant that produces the seeds from which the powder is derived, this versatile condiment is easily made and adjusted to suit a particular taste or use.

from The Cheating Chef's Secret Cookbook
Make Your Own Mustard Recipe© Stockbyte/Thinkstock

The basic mix includes 2 to 3 tablespoons of a liquid (vinegar, wine, water, flat beer) to about ¼ cup dry mustard. Other additions can include turmeric (which gives a bright yellow tint), garlic, tarragon, sugar or honey, salt, and more. Use it to spice up hot dogs, hamburgers, or sandwiches, or brush over meats before grilling or roasting.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup mustard seed
  • 3 tablespoons dry mustard
  • ½ cup cider vinegar
  • ½ cup dark beer
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice

    How to make it 

  • 1

    In a small bowl, combine the mustard seed, dry mustard, and cider vinegar. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the mustard mixture stand at room temperature for 3 hours.

  • 2

    In a small saucepan, combine dark beer, garlic, brown sugar, salt, ginger, and allspice. Stir in the mustard mixture. Over moderate heat, bring the mixture to a boil; reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  • 3

    Spoon the mustard into a hot, clean canning jar and seal tightly. Let the mustard cool to room temperature. Store in a cool, dark place and in the refrigerator after opening. Makes about 2 cups.