Homemade mustard is a very simple thing to make. Its pretty cool to be able to serve a sandwich that is coated with a condiment that you made from scratch. Its even better if that scratch meant growing the ingredients.
If you are a foodie or just like diy tricks, then this is a great project as it is very simple and you get great results.
When I started planning this I thought it would be a big deal, but from planting, to harvesting, to preparing the seed, and making the mustard it was a really easy and fun process. Of course, many people think I am weird, so what I find find fun may not apply to you…
This was one project where I did almost everything farm to table – I grew the mustard plant, made the vinegar, and mixed it all myself by hand.
- Mustard Powder (or crushed homegrown mustard seed)
- Cold Water (Hot Water makes for bitter mustard)
- Mix in a nonreactive bowl
- Let sit for 10-15 minutes
- Salt to taste
- Mix vinegar to stop the chemical reactions taking place with the water/seed
- Let sit for at least a week which will allow the bitterness mellow – there is a noticeable difference between fresh mustard and mustard allowed to mellow over a week.
Due to the salt, the vinegar, and the propertied of the mustard seed itself, this has an indeterminate shelf life if kept in a closed container in a cool place.
I hope this project is useful to you and gives you a reason to grow some mustard in your garden.