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Greenly: Make Your Own Mustard

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Whether you're a dipper or a slatherer, making a simple, homemade mustard is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Even though condiments like mayo, salsa and mustard often come in recyclable glass or plastic containers, I like trying to take a step closer to zero waste by whipping up my own sauces in bulk. This not only gives more control over the ingredients, but also saves money on grocery bills, too!


Believe it or not, making a simple, homemade mustard is easy as 1, 2, 3.

What you’ll need:

  • 5 tbs. mustard seeds
  • 2 tbs. horseradish
  • 2 tbs. salt
  • ½ cup mustard powder
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tbs. apple cider vinegar
  • Reusable container
  1. Grind the mustard seeds.
  2. Pour the seeds into a bowl and stir in the mustard powder, salt and horseradish. Then add in the vinegar and water and mix well.
  3. Transfer mixture into a container and refrigerate before serving.


Then, taste and enjoy! Try slathering your freshly made mustard on your sandwich this weekend.

By making your own mustard, the only waste you’ll produce from this recipe is the recyclable glass or plastic packaging for ingredients you probably already have in your cupboard: The mustard seeds, powder and vinegar. That means there’s nothing left for the trash can — and even more so if you compost your horseradish scraps, too!

Have you ever whipped up your own condiments? Share your favorites with me in the comments, below!

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About the Author
Natalie Ghio
Natalie Ghio

Besides composting, I love traveling, yoga, exploring new flavors, supporting local farms, and cooking for friends at my home in Brooklyn.

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  • Elizabeth R. 3 years ago
    i'll try this!
  • james and Ella Mae j. 3 years ago
    i use a lot of mustard and i will sure try this recipe. Thanks
  • Debra M. 3 years ago
    I make my own 1000 island dressing. Mayonaise kechup pickle relish are the basics.

    Also tartar sauce, Mayonaise, pickle relish, lemon juice.
  • Patricia G. 3 years ago
    This sounds like a project for me to do with my grand-kids as a present to their Mom. She loves mustard and this recipe is so simple, we can all do it and they can decorate the container. Thanks!
  • Cecelia S. 3 years ago
    Mustard sure keep in the fridge six months to a year, just like the store-bought kind. also try adding some honey or paperica, even a few chilis or other peppers.
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