Thursday, December 30, 2010

Homemade mustard

It really doesn't get easier than this, but who takes the (very brief) time to do this? I'm making the mustard in preparation for a lovely pastrami sandwich.   I'm dreaming of home cured and smoked pastrami piled high on homemade rye bread with a thick smear of homemade mustard.

But I digress....

A couple thoughts, try to get your mustard seed from a small market and not in the cute little jar that costs an arm and a leg.

1/2 cup whole mustard seed
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2  heaping tsp ground mustard
1/2 cup cold water
1/2 cup vinegar ( I used cider vinegar)
a squirt of honey

Grind the mustard seed  coarsely. I used a coffee grinder I use for spices.

Combine the ground seed, the mustard powder and the turmeric.

Combine the water and vinegar. Add to the dry ingredients, add a squirt of honey and stir well to combine.

It may seem a little too wet, but the seed will absorb the moisture as it rests.

Give it a taste, it is pretty darn hot right now but should mellow after a day or two in the fridge.

That's it. Simple huh?

Now back to dreaming about that sandwich.....

I did add another squirt of honey and whizzed it in the food processor after 3 days. It has mellowed and is quite delicious!

Until next time, Eat Well & Keep Digging!

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