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This homemade mustard recipe is surprisingly easy to make with a few simple pantry ingredients! Making prepared yellow mustard is much more flavorful than the squeeze bottle storebought variety. It's guaranteed, that your friends and family will love its flavor and be asking, "Where did you get this great-tasting mustard sauce?"
If you have never made homemade mustard now is the time to try. Making gourmet mustard at home is much easier than it sounds and it will keep up to a year in your refrigerator.
It only takes one pan and a few simple ingredients. Basically, you blend dry ground mustard powder, vinegar, cumin, garlic powder, and paprika for American-style prepared yellow mustard in a saucepan. Bring to a boil for a few minutes and then allow to cool. It's that simple.
It makes a great zesty addition to an egg salad sandwich or your favorite chicken salad recipe. For a less spicy flavor, swap it out for dijon when making a vegan fish sandwich or corn salad. Use it to make a batch of these yummy Gardetto copycat mustard pretzels.
😋 Why Make This Recipe
- More flavorful than your typical squeeze bottle brand.
- Easy to customize the flavor by changing the spiciness or adding other ingredients.
- Greater control over the consistency so it can be as thick or thin as you prefer.
- Costs less to make at home than to buy at the store.
The ingredients for homemade mustard are super simple and you may already have them on hand.
- Dry ground yellow mustard powder: The backbone of this homemade sauce. Choosing high-quality mustard will improve the final flavor.
- Water: Provides the liquid for the sauce but you could also substitute beer to make beer mustard.
- Apple cider vinegar: Brings the perfect mild tangy flavor to the sauce.
- Turmeric: This yellow spice is what gives it the traditional vibrant yellow color.
- Garlic powder and sweet paprika: Other spices that add flavor to the sauce.
Where to Get Good Mustard Powder
Colman's Mustard gives your everyday recipes a spicy kick. This gourmet hot mustard powder is made using time-honored traditions and the highest quality ingredients since 1814!
How to Use Dry Mustard in Cooking
Here are some other ways to use up the jar of this spice in recipes.
- Dry rub: It adds a touch of heat without the long burn like chili peppers tend to do so swap it out for chili peppers or chili powders in dry rubs.
- Salad dressing: Adds flavor while acting as an emulsifier to aid the blending of oil and vinegar.
- Ham glaze: Adds a great acidic flavor to a glaze for ham when combined with honey.
- Meatloaf: Great accent to other seasonings when making your favorite meatloaf recipe.
- Mac and cheese: Add to the cheese sauce for an extra flavor profile.
How to Make Prepared Yellow Mustard
- Add everything to a small saucepan and whisk until smooth
- Bring to a slow boil over medium-high heat. Boil for 8 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, so it does not stick to the pan.
- Remove the pot from heat and allow it to cool to room temperature. Then cover with a lid and allow to cure for 8 to 10 hours on the counter before refrigerating or canning.
It can also be cured in the refrigerator but takes more time. After cooking and cooling, follow these instructions to store.
- Transfer the sauce to sterilized glass jars. Secure lid on jar.
- Place jars in the refrigerator for 24 to 48 hours before using
- Homemade mustard will keep up to a year in the refrigerator.
How to Make Spicy Mustard
Here is a fun fact about mustard, heating up the mixture produces a mellower taste while maintaining the mixture cool will make for a harsher, more spicy flavor.
You can also use brown or black mustard seeds to make the sauce spicier.
Brown Mustard Seeds: Hotter than yellow seeds with a bitter flavor.
Black Mustard Seeds: Hotter than yellow seeds with a bitter sharp spicy flavor.
In this recipe, I was going for mild flavor that everyone would enjoy so I mixed all my ingredients together in a pan, then cooked the sauce over medium-high heat for about 8 minutes.
📖 Variations and Substitutions
- Spicy Beer Mustard:Usecoldbeer instead of water and add a tablespoon of honey.
- White Wine and Tarragon Mustard:Use white wine instead of water and swap out the apple cider vinegar with tarragon vinegar.
- Honey Mustard:Add three tablespoons of honey to the basic recipe.
- Beer Mustard: Swap out the water in the recipe for beer.
- Champagne Mustard: Use champagne vinegar instead of apple cider vinegar.
- Apple Cider Vinegar: I prefer the acidic tang of apple cider vinegar but you can also use white vinegar or use tarragon vinegar, white wine vinegar, or any other herb-flavored to add a unique flavor to your batch.
How to Use Homemade Mustard in Recipes
Mustard is a versatile condiment that can add great flavor to a variety of foods.
- Dip for soft pretzels
- Condiment on hamburgers and hotdogs
- Honey mustard is a great dip for fried chicken
- Add brown sugar for a glaze sauce on your holiday ham
- Mustard vinaigrette
- Deviled eggs or egg salad
- Make a mustard crust for fish
- Mac and cheese sauce
- Potato salad
How to Can Mustard
If you are new to canning but have always wanted to learn then visit my Canning 101 For Beginners, Learn Canning Terms, and A Beginners Guide To Canning Supplies. You will find all you need to get started canning.
When canning prepared yellow mustard you will use a water bath canner. To learn more about using a canner visit Water Bath Canning For Beginners.
After you make your homemade mustard recipe follow these steps to safely seal your jars.
- Immediately spoon the homemade mustard into the hot jars, filling 1/4 inch from the rim of each jar.
- Using a non-metal utensil, remove any bubbles and add extra prepared yellow mustard if required.
- Wipe rims with a damp cloth to remove any food residue.
- Add rubber seals that have been sitting in warm water for 10 minutes to the top of the jar. Clamp to secure.
- Place sealed jars into a water bath canner of boiling water. Boil for the processing time stated below for your altitude. *Start your timer once the water comes to a full boil.
- Turn off the heat source once the time is up. Remove jars from hot water after 5 more minutes. Cool jars overnight on a towel. Do not adjust lids during this time.
- The next day, check jars have sealed before labeling and dating.
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Giving Jars as a Gift
Canning prepared yellow mustard is easy and makes a unique gift for all your foodie friends. You can make your homemade mustard look great with one of these jars. They are just the right size for gift giving.
This homemade mustard would make a great hostess gift or fun birthday present. Just prepare the mustard then place it in a sterilized jar, wrap some twine around the jar tops and tie a label on them.
Be sure and tell whoever you give it to that it should be kept refrigerated.
💭 Top Tips
- Cure the Mustard: Homemade mustard needs time to develop its flavor. You can do this at room temperature or in the refrigerator.
- For spicier mustard, simply mix the ingredients together without cooking.
Is yellow mustard the same as prepared mustard?
Yes, they are the same. Yellow mustard is the classic American squeeze bottle mustard you get in the grocery next to the ketchup. It's also called prepared mustard because there is a process of grinding mustard seeds and mixing them with other ingredients to make the sauce. Yellow mustard seeds are the mildest of all mustard seeds which makes this variety of mustard the mildest of prepared mustards. If mustard is prepared with brown or black mustard seeds the product will be spicier with more heat.
How long should mustard sit before eating?
Here is a warning! Don't taste your homemade mustard after cooking. Freshly made mustard is bitter; it needs to sit and mellow for at least 24 to 48 hours. Patience is a virtue here, so place it in a jar, screw on a lid and let it spend some time mellowing before tasting.
How long does homemade mustard last?
After canning your own mustard store jars in a cool, dark, and dry place for up to 12 months. Refrigerate jars upon opening and consume mustard within 1 month.
If you skip canning the mustard, store it in a jar with a tight-fitting lid in the refrigerator for up to one year.
What is powdered mustard?
Powdered mustard is the same as ground mustard. The powder is made by grindingmustardseeds and then sifting the seed coat out to leave a finepowderbehind.
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Easy Homemade Yellow Mustard
Homemade mustard is surprisingly easy to make with a few simple pantry ingredients and it's more flavorful than the squeeze bottle store mustard. Your friends and family will be asking, "Where did you get this great-tasting mustard sauce?"
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 13 mins
Course Seasoning and Sauces
Servings 9 ounces
Calories 38 kcal
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Whisk all ingredients in a small saucepan until smooth
Bring to a slow boil over medium-high heat. Boil for 8 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, so it does not stick to the pan.
Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Then cover with a lid and allow to cure for 8 to 10 hours on the counter before refrigerating or canning.
Transfer mustard to sterilized glass jars. Secure lid on jar.
Place jars in refrigerator for 24 to 48 hours before using
Mustard will keep up to a year in the refrigerator.
Spoon the mustard into jars that have been heated in boiling water, filling 1/4 inch from the rim of each jar.
Using a non-metal utensil, remove any bubbles and add extra mustard if required.
Wipe rims with a damp cloth to remove any food residue.
Put on new clean rubber seals to the top of the jar. Clamp to secure. Or screw on rings if you are using that type of seal.
Place sealed jars into a water bath canner that is at 140 degrees. When boil returns, set timmer for 10 minutes and boil.
Turn off the heat source once the time is up. Remove jars from hot water after 5 more minutes. Cool jars overnight on a towel. Do not adjust lids during this time.
The next day, check jars have sealed before labelling and dating.
Allow to cure in the jars for a week before using.
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- Cure the Mustard: Homemade mustard needs time to develop its flavor. You can do this at room temperature or in the refrigerator.
- For spicier homemade mustard, simply mix the ingredients together without cooking.
Serving: 0.25ozCalories: 38kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 2gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 196mgPotassium: 58mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 14IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 1mg
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Update Notes:This post was originally published in 2020, but was republished with new photos, step-by-step instructions and tips, and a video in May of 2022.
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Thank you for this recipe! I'm an American expat living in Denmark and it's nearly impossible to find plain yellow mustard over here. It's a key ingredient in my potato salad, so I'm forever lugging it back with me from my travels. Now I won't have to :)
Wow, I never thought about not beeing able to get plain mustard there. So glad this recipe sends a little "home" to you over there. :)
I’m excited to try this recipe! About how much does this recipe yield? Just wondering for how many jars I should heat up.
It makes about 9 ounces so use two 4 oz jelly jars or a pint jar. The 4-ounce jars would make fun Christmas presents. I was amazed at how easy it was to make mustard.
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What is Yellow Mustard Made From? Yellow mustard is made by mixing yellow mustard powder with some sort of liquid, such as water, vinegar, wine or beer, along with salt and other spices. The simplest yellow mustard is made simply with ground mustard or dry mustard powder and water.What is a substitute for yellow mustard? ›
For Yellow Mustard - Try an equal amount of mayonnaise. This won't give you the same flavor, but it will maintain the thickness. For Dijon Mustard or Spicy Brown Mustard - Use a small amount of prepared horseradish or Wasabi in its place.What is Chinese yellow mustard made of? ›
Chinese hot mustard, which can be found as a powder in the spice aisle, or as a sauce in the condiment section, is made from brown mustard seeds.What gives yellow mustard its flavor? ›
The bright yellow color of yellow mustard comes from turmeric, which is combined with yellow mustard seeds, vinegar, and water (and maybe some additional spices) to make a viscous, squeezable sauce. Yellow mustard has a crisp, tart-and-tangy flavor that won't be clearing anyone's sinuses with spice.What is the key ingredient in mustard? ›
Though there are many varieties, common ingredients include whole or ground mustard seeds, vinegar, water, salt, and other spices.Why is my homemade mustard bitter? ›
High temperatures kill its action, salt and vinegar inhibit it and give you a flat, bitter mustard. So, when you reconstitute dry mustard, mix it with cold water (never boiling, as some recipes recommend) and let it stand for 10 to 15 minutes to mellow and disperse the oils.How do you make yellow Dijon mustard? ›
It's surprisingly easy to upgrade your regular yellow mustard to make it taste more like Dijon. All that's needed is a tablespoon of white wine vinegar (or ½ tablespoon white wine and ½ tablespoon vinegar).How long does homemade mustard last? ›
Homemade mustard – Expect it to last only for a day at room temperature. However, it can last from a week up to one year in the fridge, depending on the packaging and ingredients used. Dry mustard – This can last for one to two years at room temperature and an indefinite time in the fridge.Is honey mustard same as yellow mustard? ›
Honey Mustard is a blend of honey, yellow mustard, dijon mustard and mayo, generally used as a spread or dipping sauce.Is mustard and yellow mustard the same? ›
Yellow mustard is the most popular variety of mustard. We also call this American mustard or regular mustard. The most significant feature of this mustard is its bright yellow color. This color comes from the use of yellow and white mustard seeds.
Dijon mustard is a pale yellow color, while yellow mustard is bright yellow. Dijon is creamier than yellow mustard and contains less vinegar. The taste of Dijon mustard, however, is spicier than yellow mustard because it's made with black mustard seeds while yellow mustard is made with white and yellow seeds.What is Russian mustard made of? ›
Russian mustard is usually made from the “white” mustard seed, which is more spicy. It is often made with vinegar, which preserves this spiciness. Vinegar is not typically used in other types of mustard; other types typically have additives that make the flavor of mustard seed proportionally less.Why is Chinese mustard so good? ›
Chinese mustard is pungent, spicy and strong in taste, and it'll wake your taste buds up immediately with its horseradish-like heat. Like wasabi, it has sinus-clearing properties. Even a whiff will make your nostrils flare!What is Japanese mustard made of? ›
This very pungent mustard is made from the seeds of the black rape plant. Used in dressings, it also is served with noodle and nabe (refers to a variety of communal one-pot meals) dishes.Is prepared mustard just regular mustard? ›
Prepared mustard is the ready-to-use condiment that you buy in a bottle or a jar in the supermarket, as opposed to the unprocessed mustard seeds or dry ground mustard powder from which all prepared mustard is made.What is English style yellow mustard? ›
English mustard is made from a combination of ground yellow mustard seeds and turmeric, which gives it a bright yellow colour. Sometimes wheat flour is included as a thickener, so not all English mustards are gluten-free.Why do they add turmeric to mustard? ›
Turmeric is a bright, deep yellow with a very warm hue, and mustard seeds have a pale, grey-yellow color when ground and made into a paste. The turmeric started out as a way to make mustard better looking. Now it's the standard in the mustard making, and there are very few mustard companies that do not use turmeric.What does yellow mustard have in it? ›
Distilled Vinegar, Water, 1 Grade Mustard Seed, Salt, Turmeric, Paprika, Spice, Natural Flavors and Garlic Powder.How is mustard prepared? ›
The whole, ground, cracked, or bruised mustard seeds are mixed with water, vinegar, lemon juice, wine, or other liquids, salt, and often other flavorings and spices, to create a paste or sauce ranging in color from bright yellow to dark brown.How do you remove the bitterness from yellow mustard? ›
Made brine 1:1 apple cider vinegar/water. Added sugar and salt to taste a poured this liquid over the above metioned mustard mix. Let it soak.
With potency comes bitterness
Homemade mustard is simple, but the caveat is it tends to be overwhelmingly pungent when seeds are freshly cracked. This is precisely why homemade mustards are more potent than store-bought versions, according to Serious Eats.
When you're satisfied with the taste of the mustard just pour it in a bowl and throw it in the fridge for about an hour. This will allow the mustard to thicken up a little and the flavors will settle down a bit.What is the difference between Dijon and yellow mustard? ›
The two are very similar and you can use a 1:1 substitution. Yellow mustard is made from white mustard seeds and uses turmeric for color. Dijon mustard tastes more tangy and a little spicier than yellow mustard, which is more mild. But the flavor difference is very slight.Which is healthier yellow or Dijon mustard? ›
Yellow mustard has lower sodium content, but other than that, there is no further difference in terms of healthiness. The real difference comes down to taste preference, with Dijon being sharper and having a more tangy taste, while yellow mustard is milder.What does yellow mustard do to meat? ›
The mustard actually works to tenderize the meat and you will notice little more than a thin crust of it over the surface of the meat. In fact, mustard can help to produce the crust that is so sought after in traditional barbecue.Should mustard be kept in the refrigerator? ›
While refrigeration will help maintain flavor, it's not necessary to refrigerate if you prefer to consume your mustard at room temperature. The recommended shelf life from the date of manufacture of French's Mustard is 18 months in a squeeze bottle, and 24 months in a glass jar.”Does yellow mustard need to be refrigerated? ›
Mustard . . .
Dijon and horseradish-based mustards should be refrigerated, but others are OK to leave out if you prefer them at room temperature. Refrigerating yellow mustard will help maintain its flavor, but it doesn't contain any ingredients that spoil.
Yes, you can freeze mustard. Mustard can be frozen for around 12 months. You can freeze mustard of all varieties. The best approach to take is to freeze mustard in ice cube trays so you can pop a cube out as and when you need it.Which yellow mustard is best? ›
1. Heinz Yellow Mustard. I was 100% convinced that French's would run away from this list with a win like Usain Bolt, but Heinz was inarguably the best of the best (and the most well-balanced!).What type of mustard does McDonald's use? ›
McDonald's Honey Mustard Sauce dipping sauce blends zesty dijon mustard with sweet notes of honey.
The mustard seed is a dullish gray, brown color. The striking, bold yellow color actually comes from the rootstock of a plant called turmeric. Turmeric, native to the rainy humid tropical forests of South Asia, has been used as a natural food dye for centuries.Can you substitute mustard powder for yellow mustard? ›
The same ratio of 1 teaspoon ground mustard = 1 tablespoon yellow mustard is used. Mustard Seeds: If by chance you happen to have mustard seeds, you can grind them up in a spice or coffee grinder. This would work great for something like a rub.Can dogs eat mustard? ›
No, you should never give your dog mustard, even if it is just a small amount on some table scraps, as it's toxic for dogs. If they happen to lick a small bit off your plate, it's unlikely to cause a problem, but if they have a large amount, it could cause a serious issue.Does honey mustard taste like mustard? ›
As the name implies, honey mustard is a blend of mustard and honey, which typically results in a mustard that's more sweet than sharp. To me, honey mustard tastes like fall. It's full of warm spices rounded with sweetness.What is a good substitute for mustard? ›
If your husband cannot have mustard in any form, yet you want the spicy-sweet sharpness that mustard adds to a recipe, we suggest trying horseradish instead. You can grate fresh horseradish root and puree with a little cream or sour cream and some honey for a sweet and tangy sauce.Does mustard seed taste like yellow mustard? ›
If you happen to be a serious cook or someone starting out on using spices, I would surely recommend adding mustard seeds to the collection. It does not matter whether you use yellow, brown or black seeds as they have the same use and similar flavour profile.What is Mexican mustard? ›
A spicy flavoured mustard, emphasised by the addition of aromatic oleoresin peppers. The mustard has a unique flavour and aroma thanks to the use of original recipes, specially selected white and black mustard grains, spices, vinegar and other high quality ingredients.What is German mustard made of? ›
Prepared German mustard is made with different varieties of ground mustard seeds (mostly Sinapis hirta and Brassica nigra) mixed with vinegar, oil, herbs and/or sweeteners. It ranges from smooth to coarse-ground, and from pale yellow to brown in color.What is the number 1 mustard? ›
Which Country Produces the Most Mustard Seeds?
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The nation's most loved and largest mustard brand is none other than French's. The American mustard brand has been dishing out creamy yellow mustards for more than 117 years and has no signs of slowing down anytime soon.Why is American mustard so yellow? ›
The gold standard for American mustards is the yellow variety. Its bright yellow color comes from the sole use of finely ground yellow mustard seeds, as well as the powerful coloring spice turmeric.What is Korean mustard? ›
Korean hot mustard gyeoja paste. Hot Mustard (Gyeoja 겨자) is made from powder obtained from grinding mustard seeds. The mustard is a brighter yellow color and is quite strong and spicy compared to the common American yellow mustard.What is the difference between Chinese mustard and regular mustard? ›
The actual flavor of prepared mustard will depend on a number of factors, including the type of seeds used, how they are processed, and what spices are added. The brown mustard seeds used in Chinese hot mustard are stronger than the black and white mustard seeds used in some other types of mustard.Is yellow mustard artificially colored? ›
This is not true. The mustard seed is a dullish gray, brown color. The striking, bold yellow color actually comes from the rootstock of a plant called turmeric. Turmeric, native to the rainy humid tropical forests of South Asia, has been used as a natural food dye for centuries.Is mustard genetically modified? ›
What is DMH-11? Dhara Mustard Hybrid-11 or DMH-11 is a genetically-modified variety of mustard. The DMH-11 has been developed using the genetic male sterility (GMS) technique especially 'barstar-barnase' system to make herbicide resistant.Where does yellow mustard come from? ›
The yellow Mustard that we know today was introduced in Rochester New York in 1904 where its pairing with the American hotdog gave rise to its popularity.Is mustard naturally that yellow? ›
Mustard is yellow because of turmeric. Mustard seeds themselves are quite brown. English speakers have been calling this color “mustard” since the 1840s, and this whole time, we've been giving credit to the wrong spice. Mustard yellow was always turmeric yellow.What is the mustard yellow color? ›
Mustard yellow is a dark shade of yellow with the hex code #FFDB58, very similar to two other nature-inspired yellow shades, flax and jasmine. The color is much duller than that of yellow mustard, which is dyed with turmeric.Does yellow mustard have turmeric in it? ›
You may have tried turmeric in the past if you ate curry or yellow mustard. Though in the case of yellow mustard, turmeric is often in very small quantities, less than 2% in Heinz's mustard that is commonly found in many stores.
Turmeric is a culinary spice common in Asian cuisine and curries, but you might know it best for giving American mustard its bright yellow color. That yellow color actually comes from a powerful antioxidant inside the plant called curcumin.Is broccoli bred from mustard? ›
Some of our most popular vegetables — broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, kohlrabi and brussels sprouts — are all derived from wild mustard. They are in the cruciferous family, or commonly known as cole crops.What type of mustard is yellow mustard? ›
Yellow Mustard: Aka “American mustard,” this gets its characteristically bright yellow color from turmeric. One of the milder mustards, it's hugely popular in the U.S. and can be found at most backyard cookouts involving hot dogs or burgers. It's commonly referred to as just “mustard” by most Americans.Why is English mustard so strong? ›
Mustard seeds contain a compound called sinigrin which is a glucosinolate (a natural component of certain pungent plants such as mustard, horseradish, and cabbage). Whenever sinigrin is crushed, the enzyme myrosinase is released, creating a mustard oil.