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There is nothing like homemade Sweet & Spicy Mustard. When I make this recipe I usually make a double batch and package it in small jars to share with our friends and family. I will warn you though that it does pack a punch, so this mustard isn’t for the faint of heart. I shared some with my grandmother and much to my surprise he really loved it, she says it has the flavor of horseradish. She isn’t quite on board with my passion for raw foods, so to please her with one of my creations really brings me great joy.
It is so simple and inexpensive to make that I don’t think we will ever purchase mustard again. There are several recipes in my site that use this Mustard as an ingredient, so I encourage you to make a batch and keep it in your fridge. It will last 2-3 months! When the time comes to purchase the seeds you will find that they come in yellow/white, brown and black… though personally I have yet to find the black ones locally. There is a difference in flavor, black seeds are sharp in flavor and have a nutty aftertaste. The brown are sweeter and milder than the black and the yellow/white seeds are very subtle in flavor. The rule of thumb is that the smaller and darker the seed is.. the hotter it will be.
Mustard seeds are quite amazing. I have this great book called Healing Spices that seems to follow me throughout the house. Tonight I had a chill from a Fall rain storm. I drew a nice hot bubble bath and buried myself deep in the bubbles with just enough skin exposed to the air to hold my book. As I was thumbing through, I stopped on mustard seeds., here is some of what I read. If you are new to using these seeds, they don’t have any smell or taste UNTIL… they are cracked and exposed to cold water. This is when an enzyme referred to as myrosinase is released and then mustard mayhem starts. It takes all of ten minutes for the seeds to reach their optimum flavor. The secret to making a good mustard is to activate the seeds, then neutralize them with an acid, such as lemon juice or vinegar. Now come on… that is quite fascinating if you ask me. You did ask… right? hehe
I originally shared this recipe back in Nov. 2010 but updated it today, Oct. 7th 2013.
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Yields about 2 cups
One of the greatest joys when creating raw food recipes is experimenting with different ingredients… a practice that I highly encourage. Daily I get questions regarding substitutions. Of course we all might have different dietary needs and tastes which could necessitate altering a recipe. I love to share with you what I create for myself, my husband, friends and family. I spend a lot of time selecting the right ingredients with a particular goal in mind, looking to build a certain flavor and texture.
So as you experiment with substitutions, remember they are what they sound like, they are substitutes for the preferred item. Generally they are not going to behave, taste, or have the same texture as the suggested ingredient. Some may work, and others may not and I can’t promise what the results will be unless I’ve tried them myself. So have fun, don’t be afraid, and remember, substituting is how I discovered many of my unique dishes.
Not to long ago I did a post on creating some vintage jars (read here) and showed how
I decorated burlap bags for gift ideas. Wouldn’t this make an great
gift? A jar of mustard and a jar of crackers to go with it!