Real World Gardener Make Your Own Mustard in Spice it Up

March 22nd, 2015

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Have you ever wonder why how to make mustard from mustard seeds?

Black and yellow mustard seeds

If not and you eat mustard, you might be surprised to learn that you can make one of your own whole grain mustard.

Not only is it easy and cheap, but you can play around with different flavours and make yourself a gourmet mustard.

There are three types of mustard seed-brown (Brassica juncea) , white (Brassica alba is actually yellow) and black-(Brassica nigra.)

Brown and yellow are normally used for culinary use.

The heat in mustard is released on activation of enzymes which create the myrosinase.

When you fry mustard seeds until they pop, the enzymes are killed off.

Useful for cooking without the heat of mustard but just the nutty flavour.


To make your own wholegrain mustard.

Step 1: Soak the mustard seeds (yellow or brown seeds) in cold water to activate the enzyme.

Step 2 : After 15-20 minutes add vinegar which will stop the enzyme reaction.

Mustard seed mixture and red wine vinegar about to be added

Step 3: Give this mixture a little bit of a grind with a mortar and pestle-just enough to crack the seeds so they take up the moisture.

Step 4.Add dried herbs, or chilli

Step 5: Let that set for a few weeks for the flavour to develop.


Step 2 alternative-white wine vinegar or verjuice are alternatives to  plain white vinegar.


You can buy "make your own mustard" mix from Herbies Spices in Rozelle.

This mix is what I used and contains brown and yellow mustard seedsm green peppercorns, allspice, tarragon, sugar, ajowan seeds and salt.

It's already been pre-cracked so the vinegar gets soaked up immediately.

 Alternatively you grow Brassica juncea in your home garden. These are mustard greens and have plenty of heat in the leaf to give you quite a bit of punch on your ham sandwich.

A mustard stone mill is out of the reach of the domestic market so don't be disappointed if you like the smooth mustards, because you won’t be able to get it quite as smooth as the ones you can buy off the shelf.

It will still be pretty good because you made it yourself.

There’ll be a little graininess still left.

If you have any questions about cleaning your garden tools or a photo of some tools that you want help with, send it in to   2RRR P.O. Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675.

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