I used to buy grainy mustard; next time, I’ll make my own

It was my father who introduced me to mustard. He like his hotdog sandwich with ketchup and mustard, I felt intrigued enough to do as he did, I liked it and I’ve been smitten since. Back then, what we always seemed to have around was a jar of plain yellow mustard. I came to associate mustard with yellow and the association was strengthened by a crayon color called mustard yellow to differentiate it from other shades of yellow like canary, lemon and ochre. And I thought that mustard, in its raw state, was naturally yellow.

Then, I grew up and realized how wrong I was. I learned that mustard in jars are made with mustard seeds but mustard seeds can either be brownish yellow, off-white or black and each is produced by a different plant: black mustard (Brassica nigra), brown Indian mustard (B. juncea), and white mustard (B. hirta/Sinapis alba). I also learned that plain mustard is the mildest preparation there is and that there are so many other varieties that are richer in flavor, texture or both.

In time, as an adult, I came to like grainy mustard more than the plain creamy stuff. I use it for making sandwiches, salad dressings, marinades and sauces.


The problem is that, in this country, grainy mustard is not exactly mainstream. Ketchup is more universal than mustard and the smaller sector that enjoys mustard leans more toward plain, Dijon or honey-Dijon. As a result, grainy mustard is not a regular item in most groceries. When unable to find it, we felt pushed to substitute the more widely available plain or Dijon mustard.

Recently, however, I discovered that it is quite easy to make grainy mustard at home. And the best part? Mustard seeds are inexpensive. I have bookmarked two recipes that I like the most (and there are dozens on the web).

Simple Homemade Grainy Mustard
Best-ever grainy mustard

Very soon, I will make grainy mustard right in my own kitchen.

  • Cecille B.

    Wow, I didn’t know it is so easy to make grainy mustard. I will make some soon.

    • Maricel

      Hi. Where can I find mustard seeds? I do not see it in the groceries. Is it available at Assad’s?

      • http://casaveneracion.com/ Connie Veneracion

        They are available in some groceries. But Assad’s has more varieties. :)

        • natzsm

          I love trying out home-made stuff and I never realized how easy it is to make mustard until I followed the links you provided.

          I too love different kinds of mustard most especially the grainy type but always end up buying regular yellow mustard because the gourmet variety is so expensive.

          I recently purchased a small bottle of mustard seeds at Cash and Carry which I used in making a particular sausage so I have some left over for a trial batch of home-made mustard. I still do have to look for some black seeds though.

          I can’t wait to try the home-made mustard with home- made sausages!

          Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day Ms. Connie!

          • http://casaveneracion.com/ Connie Veneracion

            Try those Middle Eastern / South Asian stores. They have mustard seeds galore. :)