Thursday, March 31, 2011

Recipe: Homemade Oktoberfest Style Mustard

No! I won’t buy your mustard just because you stop carrying the competition! – my personal view

Munich Oktoberfest. Photo: kloppster, Flickr ccl
I’m posting this recipe in response to the Atlantic Superstores in Halifax pulling Schnieder's Oktoberfest mustard from their shelves when they introduced their President's Choice branded mustards. It’s part of their ever increasing drive to have the shelves filled with nothing but Superstore branded products, or so I believe. 

Photo: paulhami, Flickr ccl
We've been checking for the Schneider's periodically for months, and it's been a no-show. The weird thing is, Superstore doesn't even offer an Oktoberfest mustard. 

Their hot and sweet just doesn’t cut it. It’s not even close atop an Oktoberfest or Knackwurst sausage (try to find those there too...) to the Schneider’s they “exiled.”

Many Superstore products are superior and at better price points than the competition. My main problem with their product line is that the Superstore is not in it for the long haul. If a product doesn’t sell…poof, it’s gone. 

At least I don’t have to worry about becoming addicted to any of their mustard products. Obviously someone was asleep at the switch when they approved them. So what does the home chef do? Make their own, of course.

I would cite where I found the bones of this recipe, but it’s in so many places who know’s where it originated. I believe it is an older recipe, so if longevity counts for anything, this one is good. I’ll be making more this Sunday. And probably making sausages as well.

One of the posts even said this was better than Schneider’s Oktoberfest, so I really can’t wait!

Note November 2012: Schneider's is back, and several of their mustards are no longer offered. Lesson learned? Of course not. You can also get Oktoberfest and Knackwurst sausages regularly now too.

Photo: Sebastian Mary, Flickr ccl
Oktoberfest Style Mustard
1/4 cup yellow mustard seeds, whole
3/4 cup beer
2 tbsp honey
2 garlic cloves
1/4 tsp cloves, ground
5 tbsp dry mustard
1 cup cider vinegar (important - it’s less strong than white)
1 small onion, chopped
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon, ground
1/4 tsp allspice, ground
1/4 tsp tarragon, dried & crumbled
1/4 tsp dill seed
3 tbsp light corn syrup

In a saucepan, combine the mustard seeds, 1/2 cup beer, dry mustard and 1/2 cup cider vinegar. Bring to a simmer, remove from the heat and let sit for3 hours on the counter.

In another saucepan, combine the remaining vinegar and beer, onion, honey, salt, garlic, cinnamon, allspice, dill seeds, tarragon and cloves. Bring to a boil, and let boil for one minute. Remove from the heat and let stand, covered, for at least 1 hour. Strain, pressing the solids to get out as much moisture as you can.

Photo: Fotoos Van Robin, Flickr ccl
Put the soaked mustard mixture and spiced liquid into a blender. Purée the mustard. If you like smooth mustard purée well, or stop at your desired graininess.

Pour the mustard into the top of a double boiler set over simmering water, or a mixing bowl over a pot. Cook for 10 minutes, whisking often, until the mixture is noticeably thicker. 

Remove from heat, add the corn syrup and pour into a storage jar. Do not cap.

Let cool, uncovered, then cap and refrigerate. Makes about 1 1/2 cups.


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  1. Hi: trying this out today ... how much dill seed? 1/4 tsp? not listed in ingredients list, but told to add to saucepan in instructions.

    1. Whoops. 1/4 tsp. I've fixed the recipe. Thanks for the head-up!

  2. Planning to make this this weekend. However, cannot get my hands on Dill Seed. I have Dill Weed and Celery Seed. Thinking of substituting one of them for the Dill Seed. What do you think? Thanks

  3. I'd go for the dill weed. At least it has some of the same flavour...

  4. hi there
    if i wanted to make more and then can the mustard , like making jams etc, so it would last longer and i could sell it or give as gifts , how would i do that . id like to do that for ketchup as well. thank you...........kari

    1. Hi Karin, Sorry for the tardy reply. As far as longevity I would check other sources. I could say my thoughts but they wouldn't necessarily be correct and food contamination isn't a good thing. I would be extremely careful about selling as well, for the same reason. I have given as gifts, but have refrigerated right up until giving (still chilled).