With the holidays around the corner and a jeweled bag of Wisconsin cranberries in the fridge, a festive mustard was in order. Could cranberries and mustard go together? The trick was to find the right balance between bitter, sour, sweet and salty.
Homemade mustard is ridiculously simple to make, but there are literally thousands of variations you can make using the basic mustard recipe. This one starts out powerfully hot, but mellows as it sits.
Instead of soaking the mustard seeds in the traditional wine, beer or vinegar, choosing whey or pickle brine (such as from making dill pickles) introduces the health benefit and keeping qualities of lactic acid bacteria into your condiment.
I have a mustard-lover in my house. He eats mustard with everything. So I like to make my own, in volume, a quart at a time. It’s so easy, not to mention inexpensive, that there’s really no sense in buying it.