This week, I’ll be posting a new homemade gift idea and recipe each day. It’s possible to make easy and amazing homemade gifts! Maybe you read my Healthy Holiday Gift Guide and feel inspired to make your own gifts. Maybe you want to save money and the world.
All you need is a few mason jars and some household materials.
First up is mustard. If you’ve never made mustard before, you’ll be blown away by how easy it is. And let me tell you that mustard is an amazing hostess gift that will enliven any cheese and salumi plate.
Health Benefits of Mustard
- The word “mustard”, or moutarde in French, derives from the Latin mustum ardens, “burning must.” It’s a stimulating, warming spice that can be eaten and also used topically to reduce fevers, cold and flu.
- Mustard actually belongs to the brassica family, which also includes broccoli, cauliflower and kale. Brassicas are high in phytonutrients called glucosinates, which have been studied for their anti-cancer effects.
- Mustard seeds are high in antioxidants and are nutrient dense with selenium, which is known to have anti-inflammatory properties.
- Use your homemade mustard in salad dressings, marinades, rubbed on meat or fish, or as a condiment.
What You’ll Need:
- 1 cup mason jar
- Whole mustard seeds
- Apple cider vinegar
- Sea salt and other spices, as needed
- ½ cup whole mustard seeds (white are more mellow while brown are more pungent)
- ½ cup apple cider vinegar
- Pinch of sea salt
- Place the mustard seeds and apple cider vinegar in a glass bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Leave on the counter overnight.
- The next day, you can spoon the mixture into a jar with optional flavours, such as garlic, herbs and/or honey or maple syrup. If you want a creamier texture, pulse it in a food processor with any optional flavours and then refrigerate. Depending on the strength of your seeds, you may have a very hot mustard on your hands! Use sparingly and know that its flavour will mellow over time.
- Optional flavours: one clove of garlic, maple syrup or honey, any herbs (such as tarragon).
How to Use Homemade Mustard
- On any salumi plate
- As a marinade or condiment for chicken, fish, beef or pork
- In salad dressings
- Roast root vegetables such as carrots, parsnips, etc with it
- Rubbed over roasted cauliflower a la Goop
- Anything else you can think of!