School is back in session . I do not remember classes being so fun and tasty. Today’s lesson is on the art of mustard making. Vickie Miller of ‘Brown Dog Mustard Company’ taught a class on mustard making at the ‘
’this last Sunday.
I have made mustards in the past with great results but this old dog wants to
learn some new tricks. Brown Dog Mustard makes a wonderful bacon flavored mustard
that I hope to learn the secrets to re-create. With an open mind and a mustard
craving palette we are going back to school. Willow
Pass Community Center
This was a very small class with only five students. I could not sit in the back of the class like my childhood escapades. We received hands on, close and personnel instruction today. Our first task of the day was to hold a blind tasting of several mustards. This was no easy exercise. You think you know mustard but to blindly identify a brand or flavor style is not that easy. We were all over the map in our critiques. I was sure that heat was horseradish but when the identities of the mustards were revealed this student was humbled. The heat was only from the combination of acids and mustard seeds. The Grey Poupon was a class favorite. A brief history and facts about mustard's were discussed. We then proceeded to creating our own mustard.
The combinations of ingredients to create different flavored mustard is only limited to your imagination. There is a basic ratio of mustard seeds and some sort of acid (vinegar, wine and beer)and salt needs to be followed. There is a serious warning that needs to be heeded. Do not mix only water and mustard powder in a blender because it can form a mustard gas which may recreate a World War I trench experience. As long as you have added an acid or have cooked the mixture you will be fine. We had a multitude of ingredients to choose from. I tried my hand at four unique and different flavors.
The first two mustards, a craft beer was used. The first used only brown seeds, vinegar, beer and brown sugar. The second, yellow seeds, brown sugar, beer, vinegar, habanero peppers and garlic. You know I had to throw some peppers in sometime. I then attempted to recreate the very popular “Mendecino Brand’ style mustard. This was a combination of yellow and brown seeds with a lot of brown sugar and finally apple cider vinegar. Finally I made a mustard with balsamic vinegar and wine for flavorings.
These four recipes must rest for 4 to 48 hours. This will give the seeds time to rehydrate and absorb flavors. They will then be blended in a processor to the desired consistency. Using whole seeds will create a rustic texture. To achieve smoother mustard, powders need to be used. I am not sure I can wait forty eight hours to sample my creations.
This workshop was a fun and informative classroom learning experience. Thanks to Vickie Miller for inspiring this Mad Meat Genius to create new and unique mustards. I did learn the secret to creating my own bacon mustard. You too can learn this and so much more by attending the “Make Your Own Mustard’ class.