Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Homemade Mustard

Homemade mustard is a traditional sauce that we always serve with roasted ham or as a spread on cold cut meats in sandwiches.  It's an "old" recipe that my mother and her mother (my grandma) made.  I don't know how far back the recipe goes but it's still a favourite in our family!  I made this batch for our family potluck Easter dinner which is on Friday!  I know that my sister-in-law is making the ham - she is hosting the dinner and goes all out with all the trimmings and buttery scalloped potatoes - it's always absolutely delicious.  The rest of us bring salads and lots and lots of desserts!!!!  I'll try to take a few pictures to post later.

Homemade Mustard:
2 Eggs
1 Cup Sugar
3 tsp. dry mustard
6 tsp. corn starch
1 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. turmeric
1 Cup Vinegar
1 Cup Water - divided

Mom's Method (before Microwaves):
Mix eggs, sugar, cornstarch, mustard, turmeric, salt and 1/2 Cup of the water.
In a sauce pan, bring the other 1/2 Cup of water and the vinegar to a boil.  Whisk the egg mixture slowly into the hot liquid.  Cook over medium heat till nicely thickened.

My Method (since the dawn of Microwaves):
In an 8 Cup Pyrex dish whisk the eggs, add the dry ingredients and whisk gently into the eggs.  Slowly stir in the water and the vinegar (all of it) and microwave on high for 2 minutes.  Stir and return to microwave for another 3 - 4 minutes pausing it to stir every 30 - 45 seconds till smooth and thickened.  I like to add a dollop (about 2 Tbsp.) of butter right after removing it from the microwave.  Mix the butter in till melted.
To avoid a skin from forming while cooling - put a piece of plastic wrap right down onto the mustard surface.
When cool - store in a sealed glass container in the fridge.  It will last for 1-2 weeks.

I love to have some of this mustard on hand to mix into my potato salad dressing - it adds a wonderful flavour to the salad.

This mustard is sometimes called "funeral mustard" because the Mennonite Churches in our area are known for serving this mustard sauce with cold cuts, fresh bread, cheese, pickles, celery and carrot sticks, and cupcakes as a simple meal at funerals.

Notice the cheerful kitchen towel (bottom right photo)!  It was a surprise gift from a very special blogger friend - thank you Kathy!!!

Here is my Rhubarb week four picture - it's growing by leaps and bounds!!

Rhubarb at four weeks!
Till next time - have a wonderful Easter Weekend.  Don't eat too much, remember the reason for this holiest of days, stop and smell the Easter lilies, and embrace all the love of family and friends!



  1. That sauce looks wonderful. Happy Easter to you and yours!

  2. That looks just like the mustard that I make every year - except for your addition of tumeric. I'm going to add some to the mustard this year just for a change.

  3. My Rhubarb has almost caught up!
    OH that mustard sauce looks ever so yummy. We enjoy mustard sauce with our ham too. I need to make that tomorrow.

  4. Oh, wow! I got a gift of homemade mustard last Christmas and I've been wanting to make some ever since. Yours looks fabulous! Have a wonderful Easter~

  5. Your mustard looks so yummy! I think hubby would be very happy if I mixed up a batch...tomorrow. I must go see how the rhubarb is coming along.


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