6 Weeks of Homemade Holiday Food Gift Ideas - Week #6: Homemade Mustard {3 Recipes}


I am a huge fan of mustard and am always on the lookout for new flavor combinations.  This makes a fantastic gift or even an item to bring for an appetizer. 

When you first make mustard it can be quite spicy.  It mellows as it sits in the refrigerator.   The nice thing is, it's the perfect item to make and have on hand for any forgotten gifting.   If you are giving this as a gift and have made it the same week you're gifting it, just add a note to the label to enjoy it in a week or two.


Coarse Mustard
Makes about 1 1/2 cups

1/2 cup brown or yellow mustard seeds
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons salt
3 Tablespoons honey

Pour the mustard seeds into a medium mixing bowl and cover with water 3 inches higher than the seeds.  Cover the bowl and let sit at room temperature overnight, or up to 12 hours.

Drain any remaining water from the seeds.  In a blender, combine half the soaked mustard seeds with the vinegar, garlic, salt, honey and 2 Tablespoons water.  Blend until smooth.  If it's too thick add more water, 1 teaspoon at a time.  Stir in the remaining seeds.

Transfer to jars, seal, and refrigerate.  If you try it in the first couple of days it will be spicy - it mellows with time as it sits in the refrigerator.  Keeps up to 6 months.


Honey Mustard
Makes about 1 1/4 cups

1/2 cup yellow mustard seeds
2 Tablespoons dry mustard
1/3 cup + 1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar {berry vinegar is good too!}
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon salt
1 garlic clove, peeled and minced

Pour the mustard seeds into a medium mixing bowl and cover with water 3 inches higher than the seeds.  Cover the bowl and let sit at room temperature overnight, or up to 12 hours.

Drain any remaining water from the seeds.  In a blender, combine the soaked mustard seeds, dry mustard, vinegar, sugar or honey, and salt.  Blend until smooth.  If it's too thick add water 1/2 teaspoon at a time.  Taste.  Add more honey if desired.

Transfer to jars, seal, and refrigerate.  If you try it in the first couple of days it will be spicy - it mellows with time as it sits in the refrigerator.  Keeps up to 6 months.


Honey-Beer Mustard
Makes about 3 cups

1 1/2 cups dark beer
1 cup mustard seeds
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon allspice

In a medium pot over medium-high heat combine the mustard seeds and beer.  Bring to a boil, watching carefully so it doesn't boil over, and remove from heat once it begins boiling.  Allow to sit until almost all the liquid is absorbed, about 2-3 hours.

Transfer the seeds {including any remaining liquid} to a food processor.  Add the vinegar, honey, salt and allspice and pulse until the seeds are coarsely ground, scraping down the sides as needed.

Transfer to jars, seal, and store in the refrigerator.  If you try it in the first couple of days it will be spicy - it mellows with time as it sits in the refrigerator.  Keeps up to 6 months.


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8 comments:

born ambitious. born imaginative. said...

Oh, I love these! My husband and I were just talking about mustard today. My grandmother used to make one and I don't know if anyone has that recipe. I love the idea of using apple cider vinegar too, since I have a plethora. I might be trying some of these!

daisy g said...

What a fantastic thing to be able to make yourself. It had never occurred to me to make my own mustard. Your skills are amazing.

Gardeningbren said...

Well I didn't know how to make mustard so loved this post. Definitely the honey beer mustard would be unique, and I am a big fan of allspice!

Thanks for the inspiration Staci.

Our Neck of the Woods said...

I didn't even know you could make your own mustard haha! How awesome. Just something I've never thought of before. I'm not a huge fan of mustard, but do like the coarse mustard on occasion :)

lifeatcoralcottage.com said...

Hi Staci - just wanted you to know how much I am enjoying this series, wish I was well enough to keep up with all of it. I know at least a few of your ideas will be gifts. I've posted a link on my latest blog to your site again. Love all the home-made goodness.
Best,
Kim

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Fantastic Jackie! I hope you can find the recipe. Thanks Daisy, Brenda and Tammy. Kim - I'm so happy you're enjoying it and THANK YOU for sharing this post. :)

Jennifer said...

I had no idea that making mustard was so straightforward. I'd love to try it. May I ask what may seem like a stupid question? Where do you get the mustard seeds? The bulk store perhaps?

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Jennifer- not a stupid question at all. You can find them in the spices section of any grocery store, but it may be pricey to buy enough to make mustard. If your store doesn't have them in the bulk section you can usually find them at health food stores or on the internet at places like Penzey's. Hope this helps!!