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Why Mustard is a Must in the Kitchen

You can purchase prepared mustard – there are several varieties, some spicy, some tart, some sweet, and everything in between – or make it yourself easily. Whether purchasing or preparing from a recipe, mustard compliments a number of wonderful recipes.

Spicy Wine Mustard

Spicy Wine MustardI come from a long line of mustard-loving Germans. My memories of mustard stretch way beyond sandwiches. My grandmother made her special homemade version, and my mother served different varieties as condiments for meats and grain dishes and often stirred it into vegetable salads and dressings. Both my grandmother and my mother would have loved Homemade Fennel Mustard with sausages or roasted meats.  

Mustard has been around for ages. It was used as both medicine and a condiment by the ancient Greeks, followed by the Romans who would grind mustard seeds right on their plates, then mix it with wine or water. By the 18th century, Maurice Grey and Antoine Poupon joined forces, creating a company in Dijon, France. Some people believe Benjamin Franklin, who lived in France for years, brought mustard to the US. 

You can purchase prepared mustard – there are several varieties, some spicy, some tart, some sweet, and everything in between – or make it yourself easily. Spicy Wine Mustard is wonderful in dips and salad dressings, or as a sandwich spread. Here’s a little bit about the unique varieties:

  • Dry mustard is made from grinding yellow mustard seeds. It’s added to sauces, spreads and dressings, or can be mixed with liquid to form spreadable mustard. 

  • Prepared mustard is a combination of mustard seeds and either vinegar or wine, spices and salt. There are hundreds of varieties to choose from, including many specialty blends. 

  • Dijon mustard was the first mustard to be regulated. It hails from Dijon, France and can be made with either black or brown mustard seeds.

  • Creole mustard is made with horseradish.

  • German mustard can be mild, hot or slightly sweet.

  • English mustard is bright yellow and spicy.

  • Chinese mustard is made from dry mustard powder mixed with water or wine.

  • American mustard is yellow and mild in flavor. Turmeric may be added to enhance its bright yellow color.

Whether purchasing or preparing from a recipe, mustard compliments a number of wonderful recipes. Here are some ideas:

What’s your favorite variety of mustard? Share it in the comments below.

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