Of course you can buy mustard—but it’s so much fun to make your own, and it makes a special gift. Look for ground mustard in the spice aisle of the supermarket.
- Measuring cups
- Measuring spoons
- Small pot
- Wooden spoon or heatproof spatula
- Pot holders
- Clean, lidded jars
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1/2 cup ground (dry) mustard
- 1/3 cup white vinegar
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons honey
- Put the water, mustard, vinegar, and salt in the pot and mix well. Put the pot on the stove and turn the heat to medium-high. Bring just to a boil, then lower the heat to very low.
- Cook, stirring from time to time, until the mixture thickens to the consistency of runny mustard or yogurt, about 40 minutes, then stir in the honey. Set aside to cool.
- Cover and refrigerate at least 3 days, so the mustard can mellow and thicken further. (Like store-bought mustard, it will last a long time in the refrigerator.)