Have you ever considered making mustard from scratch? Although you can go to the grocery and purchase a bottle for less than $1, the flavor of homemade mustard far exceeds that of any brand you would purchase at the store.
How to Make Basic Mustard
The process is actually quite simple. All you need to do is combine yellow mustard powder with vinegar or wine. How thick the mustard is will depend on how much vinegar or wine you add to the powder. The type of vinegar or wine you use also will determine how strong the mustard tastes. In order to combine the ingredients thoroughly, it's best to make this condiment in a blender or food processor. This helps ensure that you don't come across clumps of powder in the finished product.
Different Varieties of Mustard
You also can make flavored mustard simply by adding spices, different vinegars, herbs, and even berries.
Important Tips to Consider
How you make mustard will greatly affect its flavor. For example, it's best to start with mustard seeds, and then grind them just before you make mustard. When the seeds are freshly ground, your mustard will have a stronger flavor. It's also important to note that the type of vinegar or wine used will not only affect the pungency of your mustard, but also the flavor. Finally, if your mustard is too strong, you can store it at room temperature. As it ages, the condiment will become less strong. Taste it every so often. Once you hit the right level of pungency, refrigerate to preserve the flavor.
Storing Homemade Mustard
Believe it or not, mustard never spoils. You can keep it indefinitely. Once you make a batch, just be sure to store it in a glass or plastic container with a plastic or enamel coated lid. Mustard is very acidic and can remove molecules from aluminum, which means your mustard would be unsafe to eat, not to mention gray in appearance, if you stored it in aluminum containers.
Just as there are 100 different ways to make mustard, there are also a hundred different ways to serve it. Mustard tastes great on pretzels, hot dogs and sandwiches. But this condiment can also be used as an ingredient. How could you make potato salad without mustard? How could you make baked beans without this spicy condiment? You couldn't even make a decent barbecue sauce.
It doesn't matter how you flavor your mustard. All that really matters is that you take the time to make it from scratch. When you do, you have the opportunity to control the level of spice and even the flavor. With just a few simple ingredients you can prepare gourmet varieties that would otherwise cost a fortune.
Mango salsa recipes go well with chips at lunch or grilled fish at dinner. They are also great with pork chops and in salads or mixed in with rice. By adding apples or other fresh fruit, such as pineapple, avocado, oranges or a little bit of coconut, you can create a taste that is reminiscent of the tropics.
Home made salsa has been a favorite for generations. Many families have a special family recipe that has been handed down to each family and they've continued on with the tradition of making their own salsa.
Born and raised in southern Arizona, I developed a sense of what is considered good Mexican food at an early age. My mother, especially, was important in this development as she was one of the finest Mexican cooks I had ever known.