Know your Mustards – Yellow vs Brown Mustard Seed

Jul 31, 2023Aeran Schmid

Mustard is one of those condiments that have been around for many, many years. To make mustard, it is fairly simple to make by taking mustard seeds, vinegar, water, oil, sugar and other spices, depending on your desired flavour.  When creating your own mustard, it all comes down to the mustard seed...brown or yellow.

There is a difference between the yellow and brown mustard seeds.  The level of heat in these seeds definitely differ, so you want to make sure if you are making your own mustard, keep this in mind. Yellow mustard seeds are more mild than the brown seeds, where as the brown seeds much more spicier.

The yellow mustard seeds also have more of a tangy flavour than the brown seeds. When it comes to substituting one for the other, the brown mustard is more pungent, therefore, you aren't having to use as much as you would with yellow seeds.

Here's a wonderful recipe for a Homemade Spicy Mustard. For a less spicy Mustard recipe, click here for details!


Homemade Spicy Mustard



First, you will want to grind the mustard seeds. You can grind them by hand, using a mortar and pestle, or use a spice grinder to make the process faster. Once ground, pour into a glass, sealable jar and add in the rest of the ingredients. Stir well to mix.
For best results, I like to let the mustard to sit at room temperature for up to 8 hours before storing in the fridge.
If the mustard has a little too much heat, you can try adding a bit of honey or sugar to balance the flavor. The mustard flavor will get better with time, so it's best to make homemade mustard a few days before you plan on serving it.
Store in the fridge, and use it to make your favorite sandwiches, salad dressings and marinades!

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