by Abby of Love Made the Radish Grow
I admit this isn't a new post on my personal blog-it's been out there for a while, but it is one of the more popular, and is also one thing on my list of to-dos this week: Make Mustard.
I don't know why it took me so long to track down and try a mustard recipe, but for whatever reason it did. This mustard is a yellow mustard, and thus, uses yellow mustard seed. I will be working on a brown mustard for the future. I took Alton Brown's Best Ever Mustard recipe and changed it to work with the way I like to cook-without the microwave-and tried to substitute local ingredients where I could. Mustard is easy to grow in the garden, and many seed companies have started carrying different varieties, something I hope to look at this summer. The greens of most plants can be used as well, making it multipurpose, and the seed stores well. You just grind it up to use as you need it, and the fresh flavor cannot be rivaled by the pre-ground nastiness you get at the store. For those of us who don't have your own homegrown seed to use for mustard, it can be affordably gotten at places like Penzey's Spices, or Frontier Herbs here in the Midwest. The other spices needed can be gotten there as well, and honestly, if you are doing any serious cooking with *real* flavor around your place, you need to have them on hand, anyway :)
2/3 c yellow mustard seed
2 t honey
1 t sea salt
1/2 t turmeric
1/4 t paprika
1/4 t garlic powder
1/2 c pickle juice-Alton calls for sweet. We don't do sweet here, though the recipe we do use has some sweetener in it. I think the regular works just fine, and like I mentioned before you can easily play around here with other pickled items
1/4 c water
1/2 c vinegar-cider works, I used red wine as it is what I had on hand. I will most likely experiment more here, as well, as different vinegars will give a different undertone. Yum.
Grind the mustard seed in a grinder until it is completely ground-nice fine powder, about a minute.
Mix it and all the other dry ingredients in a medium sized saucepan.