Someone once must have looked out over a golden field of mustard flowers and said, “I’m gonna eat those somehow.” Thank heaven they did or this fierce, dry mustard powder wouldn’t be with us today.
Ground from white mustard seeds – which are actually tawnier in appearance – this mustard spice isn’t as sharp as mustard powders ground from black or brown mustard seeds. Unlike many dry mustard powders on the market, Spice Jungle’s isn’t neon yellow. This is because many low-grade brands add small amounts of turmeric to create a more vivid color, but this can affect the overall flavor.
Whole seeds have little aroma, and have to be ground for the flavors to awaken. The enzyme myrosinase is what gives mustard its acrid pungency and penetrating heat. However, it’s a fickle enzyme. Water must be added for the enzyme’s flavor to bloom and temperature matters. Cold water will ensure a mustard paste that is intensely hot, bitter, acrid, and pungent (possibly to the point of it being inedible if the water is ice cold). Warm water will mellow it out and hot water will negate the flavor all together.
To make it at home, mix ground mustard spice with some slightly cooler than warm temperature water, a bit of honey and chilled white wine. It should all be of a sauce-like consistency. When the myrosinase is first activated it’ll be too brash to be eaten right away (give it a taste and see). Place in a sealed jar in the fridge for two or three days before using.
|Ingredients||Yellow mustard seed.|
|Basic Preparation||Mix with a small amount of water and add to recipe. If flavoring with other spices, blend prior to cooking.|
|Recommended Applications||Mix with flour to create a Ground Mustard Flour to use as a preservative in pickling and chutney recipes. Added with herbs like tarragon, basil or mint for a cool flavor. Blend with water prior to added to recipes or mix with other spices like pepper or chiles.|
|Taste & Aroma||Bitter or Astringent|
|Cuisine||French, German, Indian, Italian, Mediterranean, Scandinavian|
|Handling / Storage||Store in a cool, dry area.|
|Shelf Life||2 Years|
|Country of Origin||India|
|Dietary Preferences||All Natural, Gluten-Free, Kosher Parve, Non-GMO|
|Allergen Information||Contains mustard|