Whole Grain Mustard

Mustard Flower

Making your own whole grain mustard takes only a few minutes.

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup Nash’s black mustard seeds (or mix 1/4 cup brown and 1/4 cup yellow mustard seeds)
1/4 cup beer (any kind)
1 tablespoon brown sugar or honey
1/2 teaspoon salt

Soak the mustard seeds in the vinegar and beer. Eight hours is the minimum recommended soak time, and overnight works great. Leave them at room temperature and cover them so nothing gets in the mustard. IMPORTANT: don’t soak them in a metal bowl. The vinegar will react a bit with the metal and you’ll end up with a slightly metallic-tasting mustard.

When you come back the next day, the mustard seeds will be plumped and soft. Add your brown sugar or honey and salt. Then pulse the mixture in a food processor until it is very smooth or just a little for a whole grain texture.

Add turmeric or cayenne for color, or a pinch of horseradish for taste, if desired.

We thank Macheesmo.com for this recipe.

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Pickled Eggs with Dill

Eggs

Have you ever pickled your own eggs before? Now’s your chance!

Pickled eggs are delicious! Serve them on a bed of spinach greens, and they make a perfect nutritious snack to grab when on the go.

12 large eggs
1 red onion, sliced
Small bundle of fresh dill
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 clove garlic, halved
1 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup water
2 teaspoons salt

Fill a large saucepan with water (enough to cover the dozen eggs that you will add). Bring the water to a simmer (not a boil!) and then gently add in the eggs by lowering them in with a spoon, one by one. Set your timer to 12 minutes and allow eggs to simmer. Then turn off heat, remove the eggs from the pot, and run them under cold water. You can gently pour the pot of eggs through a metal strainer and then run cold water over them. Peel the eggs once they are cool enough to handle.

In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, bring all other ingredients to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and allow to simmer for 5 to 7 minutes.

Pour mixture into a large jar (or two smaller jars), and add the hard-boiled eggs and allow to cool for several minutes. Once cool enough, refrigerate. Your eggs will need anywhere from 2 to 3 weeks to pickle. Once ready though, they will stay good for quite a long time.

Recipe adapted by Virginia Newman from PaleoLeap.

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About Mustard Seeds

mustard seed bowl

It’s so easy to make your own mustard!

Homemade mustard can offer you some of the same valuable nutritional benefits as kale and other leafy greens in the brassica family. Isothiocyanates are the phytochemical compounds studied in brassica family plants that may offer protection against gastrointestinal and colorectal cancers.

Mustard seeds are also high in the minerals selenium and magnesium. Selenium is therapeutic for people with asthma as it can help to reduce symptoms. It is also an important mineral for the health of your thyroid gland. Magnesium can help to lower high blood pressure. Mustard seeds are also a good source of vegetarian omega 3 fatty acids, great for decreasing inflammation in your body and supporting the health of your brain.

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Mustard Dill Sauce

dill, bunched

Try this sauce on salmon or other fish, or on chicken.

4 ounces silken tofu
1 tablespoons homemade mustard
4 tablespoons fresh dill chopped
1 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Place all ingredients except the extra virgin olive oil into a blender and blend on high for about 1 minute. While blending, slowly drizzle olive oil into blender. This sauce is a great topping for chicken or fish.

We thank Mustard Dill Sauce Recipe for this recipe.

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Pickled Chard Stems

rainbow chard stalks

Not sure what to do with chard stems? Pickle them!

Many people like to lightly steam chard greens for their health benefits. But don’t throw the stems away! Once pickled, they can be added to salads or sandwiches, or just munched as is.

1 pound chard stems (from about 4 bunches), cut into 4″ lengths
1 small shallot, thinly sliced
1/4 cup salt
2 tablespoons Nash’s black mustard seeds
1 tablespoon caraway seeds
1 cup unseasoned rice vinegar
1/2 cup sugar

Toss the chard stems and shallot slices in the salt and let them stand in a colander in a sink for 1 hour. Rinse and drain well.

Meanwhile, toast the mustard and caraway seeds in a small skillet over medium heat, stirring often, until mustard seeds begin to pop, about 2 minutes. Let cool.

Bring the vinegar, sugar, and 1 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan; let cool slightly. Pour brine into jars. Let cool slightly, add chard stems, shallots, and seeds, then cover and chill for 24 hours. They will last for a couple of weeks in the refrigerator.

We thank epicurious.com for this recipe.

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Nash’s Raw Slaw

red cabbage and green cabbage at farmer's market

Here’s a side dish that’s packed with nutrition and deliciousness!

1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup honey
1 tablespoon mustard (try making your own mustard!)
2 cups Nash’s cabbage, shredded
1 cup Nash’s apples, shredded
2 cup Nash’s carrots, shredded
1/3 cup Nash’s dill, chopped

Mix vinegar, honey and mustard together to make a sauce. Mix apple into the sauce as soon as soon as it is shredded. Then add rest of ingredients and mix well.

We thank Nash’s very own Mary Wong for this recipe.

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Pickled Mixed Vegetables

Makes 5-6 quarts

Prolific cucumbers

Pickling isn’t just for cucumbers anymore.

1 large head cauliflower
4 ribs celery
1 dozen small pickling cucumbers
8 small carrots
1 medium green bell pepper
1 medium red bell pepper
8 small pearl onions
16 cloves garlic
1 pound green beans
10 cup vinegar
6 cup water
1 cup salt
2 teaspoons celery seed
4 teaspoons dill seed
4 teaspoons mustard seed

Sterilize jars. Break cauliflower into small florets; cook in boiling water 5 minutes; drain. Cut remaining vegetables into bite-sized pieces and mix in a big bowl. Mix the vinegar, water, salt, celery, dill and mustard seed to make brine and heat over medium. Pack hot jars with random vegetables, bring brine to a boil and fill to 1/2” head space. Follow the USDA recommendation for processing pickled mixed vegetables.

We thank Stocking Up for this recipe.

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Pork-and-potato meatballs

1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons milk
1/4 cup dry breadcrumbs
1 cup shredded peeled raw potato
1 tablespoon onion flakes
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
(Try making your own mustard with Nash’s mustard seeds)
2 tablespoons shortening
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 chicken bouillon cube
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons Nash’s soft white flour
1 pound Nash’s ground pork
1 1/3 cups water, divided

Mix egg, milk, bread crumbs, potato, onion, mustard, salt, and pepper together. Add pork; mix well. Make into 24 meatballs. Heat shortening in skillet, add meatballs and brown. Drain fat and remove meatballs from pan.

Dissolve bouillon cube in 1 cup of boiling water and return meatballs to pan. Cover and cook on low for 20 minutes, turning occasionally. Remove meatballs from pan again; reserve drippings. Mix flour with 1/3 cup of water; stir into drippings. Cook until thickened. Serve with meatballs.

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Pork Chops with Mustard Sauce

mustardseed

Add a bit of mustard spice to your Nash’s pork chops!

2 Nash’s pork chops, about 1 pound total weight
2 teaspoons oil
1/2 cup hard cider
1 tablespoon fresh-ground mustard (see our Whole Grain Mustard recipe)
1/3 cup heavy cream

Cut the fat or rind off the chops, then pound them with a rolling pin or meat mallet to make them thinner. Heat the oil in a pan, then cook the chops over a moderately high heat for about 5 minutes a side. Remove them to a warmed plate.

Pour the cider into the pan, still over the heat, to deglaze the pan. Let it bubble away for a minute or so, then add the mustard and stir in the cream. Let the sauce continue cooking for a few minutes before pouring over each plated pork chop. Gnocchi (potato dumplings) make a great accompaniment. Make sure you turn them in the pan to absorb any spare juices.

We thank Nigella Lawson of The Food Network for this delicious recipe.

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Traditional Beef Brisket and Vegetables

Irish shamrock

Here’s your St. Paddy’s Day dinner: brisket and veggies, mmm.

Looking for an Irish entree for Saint Paddy’s Day? Try a traditional beef brisket.

3 1/2 pounds beef brisket
20 peppercorns
10 whole cloves
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon Nash’s mustard seeds
3 cinnamon sticks
1 tablespoon salt
3 turnips, peeled and quartered
6 red potatoes, peeled and quartered
6 medium carrots, cut into thirds
1 small head green cabbage, cut into 6 wedges
Prepared horseradish to taste

Place brisket in a large Dutch oven and cover brisket with an inch of water. Add peppercorns, cloves, bay leaf, mustard seeds, cinnamon sticks, and salt to the pot.

Turn burner on high and bring liquid to a low boil. Reduce heat until liquid is at a low simmer. Cover tightly and cook for 4 hours or until you can easily insert a fork into the beef.

Carefully transfer meat to a large plate and cover with foil to keep the meat warm.

Add the turnips, potatoes, carrots and cabbage to the pot. Increase the heat to medium-high and bring the liquid to a high simmer. Cook, adjusting heat down if water starts to boil, until vegetables are tender.

Slice brisket against the grain into thin slices and plate with vegetables and some of the broth. Serve with horseradish sauce.

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Crock Pot Pork and Apples

Apple

Imagine coming home to the scent of pork chops in a sweet apple sauce.

1 1/2 pounds pork chops
3 apples, sliced
1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon spicy mustard (make your own from Nash’s mustard seed!)
Salt and pepper to taste

Place the pork chops at the bottom of your crock pot. Cover with the remaining ingredients, place the top on and cook on low for about 6 hours. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste, right before serving. Easy and delicious!

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