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Mustard isn’t something I had ever made myself (nor thought about making myself) but after looking around a bit I learned that it is very easy to whip up at home.
How to make mustard:
Most mustards are made with mustard seeds, seasonings and an acidic liquid (vinegar, citrus juice, etc.). I opted for a mix of orange juice and apple cider vinegar here.
Acid provides a sour flavor but it turns out that it also regulates the level of spiciness. That’s because acid can destroy some of the chemical compounds that produce the mustard seeds’ heat. So the more acidic your mix is, the milder the resulting mustard. Interesting, huh?
For the recipe here I seasoned the mustard with salt and tarragon and it turned out to be quite delicious. (Fyi, I am the world’s biggest tarragon fan so you’ll see that pop up a lot in my recipes!)
Spread this mustard on your turkey and cranberry sandwich or fill it in pretty jars and give it as a homemade gift.
Wondering how to use this mustard? Check out this Turkey Cranberry Grilled Sandwich with Orange Tarragon Mustard:
Orange Tarragon Mustard
- 1/3 cup yellow mustard seeds
- 1/3 cup freshly pressed orange juice
- 1/6 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/6 cup cold water
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
- Combine the seeds, juice, vinegar and water in a nonreactive bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let sit at room temperature for about 8 hours.
- Transfer the mixture from the bowl into a food processor.
- Add salt and tarragon.
- Process until smooth.
- Transfer mustard to a jar and store in the fridge.
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