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A simple recipe for fermented mustard, a probiotic-rich, lightly cultured condiment to facilitate the digestion of cooked foods enjoyed with it!
Mustard is an ancient spice that traditional peoples used all over the world for both culinary and medicinal purposes. No surprise then that homemade mustard is a traditional condiment as well!
In Ancient Egypt, mustard was used as respiratory therapy. Later, in the Middle Ages, healers treated asthma with this pungent, sulfurous seed.
The English physician Herberden also advised the use of mustard seed for the treatment of asthma (source: Nourishing Traditions).
The process of grinding the mustard seed releases compounds from the sugar molecule that have a strong odor and a subsequently irritating effect on any skin or mucous membranes that come in contact.
This may explain its traditional use for respiratory ailments given its almost homeopathic effect on the sinuses and lungs.
Mustard as Healthy Condiment
When used as a condiment, mustard is usually something people either very much enjoy or totally avoid. There doesn’t seem to be much middle ground when it comes to mustard!
While you can procure good quality organic mustard at the healthfood store, it is still better to make it yourself.
Homemade certainly tastes better and sits more softly in the stomach, in my opinion.
Taking the extra step of culturing organic mustard makes it optimally nutritious too.
It is also more beneficial and potent to the respiratory and digestive systems due to the presence of beneficial probiotics.
The enzymes present in probiotic mustard also assist the digestion of any cooked foods served with it.
If you’ve never fermented condiments before, cultured yellow mustard is a good one to try first!
Feel free to play with the spices and adjust to your own personal taste if you prefer your mustard stronger or milder.
If you enjoy making your own condiments like I do, be sure to try this fermented ketchup recipe too!
Fermented Yellow Mustard Recipe
A simple recipe for fermented mustard, a probiotic, cultured condiment to facilitate digestion with whatever cooked foods are enjoyed with it!
- 1/2 cup ground yellow mustard preferably organic
- 1/4 cup raw apple cider vinegar preferably organic; do not use pasteurized ACV
- 1/4 cup filtered water
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp ground turmeric preferably organic
- 1 pinch garlic powder preferably organic
- 1 pinch paprika preferably organic
Mix all ingredients well in a pint size mason jar. The texture should be as smooth and nongrainy as possible. Leave at least 1 inch at the top to avoid the risk of mold on the ferment. Screw on the lid tightly.
Leave on the counter at room temperature for 1-2 days. After fermentation time is complete, open the lid and stir well, close the lid tightly, and then refrigerate.
This homemade mustard gets thicker after fermentation and refrigeration. It also gets more yellow as time goes on. It is delicious and so much better tasting than organic mustard from the store!
Fermented homemade mustard will last several months refrigerated.
You may use homemade ACV instead of store bought. It is certainly cheaper to make your own!
I’ve been meaning to make this forever, and today I finally did! It’s super spicy, and has a beautiful color! We’ll see how it is in a few days. I can’t wait to make deviled eggs with it!
I love your recipes. I was just wondering, if I wanted to make honey mustard and dijon mustard. Would I just add honey to this recipe? I’m trying to get rid of all the condiments in my frig, and re-make them in a healthier version myself. Thank you in advance!!
After 2 days on the counter, I don’t see any bubbles in the mustard. It tastes good, spicy! Should there be bubbles?
excellent timing! i have been considering making my own mustard but was not sure how (i think a lot of recipes out there cook it?) definitely on my to do list now! THANKS
That sounds out of this world, did not know you could ferment the mustard.
Pavil, the Uber Noob
Should mustard seed be soaked before grinding?
I have been looking to make my own condiments! Now I need to go back through the rest of your site!
Melissa Smart via Facebook
I had been wondering how to make GAPS-legal yellow mustard! Sometimes dijon just won’t do. Thanks!
Just started a batch of mustard today. I’ve never made my own before. I’m sure I’ll like it.
RE your post on the Tampa Bay History Center. I left Tampa before that museum was in place, but I’ll check it out when next I visit. Your comment on the Columbia Restaurant was spot on. That was my fav restaurant and I ate there often. Not just for the soup either. When I moved to the beach (Bradenton), I used the Columbia on St Armands Circle. Not as attractive at the Historic Ybor City location, but the food was still good. Sure miss all that now that I’m in TX. Don’t know if you have it, but the Columbia Cookbook is great. Not only for the recipes but a lot about the Gonzmart family and Ybor City.