Agave Nectar Mustard

Custom Mustard

Your imagination’s the limit when it comes to making flavored mustard. All you need are mustard seeds or dry mustard powder, and the seasonings are up to you.
Mustard seeds or mustard powder?
Either works.
Mustard seeds: Use when you want a whole-grain, crunchy texture. The three types are yellow, aka white (Sinapis alba), the mildest and used mainly in American-style mustards and for pickling; brown (Brassica juncea), zestier and used in European-style mustards (like Dijon), for pickling, and in Indian cooking; and black (B. nigra), also used in Indian food; they’re interchangeable with the brown. Seeds need to soften in liquid for 1 to 2 days before you make mustard with them.
Mustard powder: For silky smooth mustard. It’s nothing more than ground mustard seed; the most common brand is Colman’s, a blend of white and brown seeds. Mix the powder with liquid (like water or beer) and let it sit overnight to hydrate and develop flavor fully. Don’t let it sit longer, though, or it will taste harsh.

  • Author: Kim Nicholson



1/4 cup Colman’s dry mustard

1/2 cup white wine vinegar

1/4 cup agave nectar

2 teaspoons canola oil

2 tablespoons black or brown mustard seeds

1 large egg

1 teaspoon salt

2 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch


1. Stir together dry mustard, vinegar, 2 tbsp. water, and agave nectar in a medium metal bowl until smooth. Chill, covered, overnight.
2. Put oil and mustard seeds in a small frying pan and heat over medium heat, covered. As soon as mustard seeds start to pop, about 3 minutes, remove from heat. Let cool.
3. Bring a medium saucepan filled with 1 inch of water to a simmer. Add toasted mustard seeds in oil, egg, salt, and cornstarch to the mustard-vinegar mixture and whisk to blend. Set bowl over saucepan and cook, constantly whisking, until mustard thickens, 3 minutes.
Make ahead: 2 weeks, covered and chilled.


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