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What Can You Use in Place of Prepared Mustard?

by Aya Pauli

It’s not the end of your dish if you discover you’re out of prepared mustard. Prepared mustard is a combination of powdered mustard seed and a liquid, such as water. Creating your own prepared mustard is simple, as long as you have some form of mustard seed in your cupboard. You can also substitute horseradish for mustard if you need.

Homemade Mustard

Grind mustard seeds with a mortar and pestle to make homemade mustard. The seeds should be ground enough that they make some powder, although they don’t have to be ground so finely if you want flecks of extra fire in your mustard. Mix the seeds with mayonnaise for a creamy mustard. Combine the seeds with oil and vinegar for a tangy mustard or mix them with water and honey for a sweet option. The ratio of seeds to liquid all depends on how thick you want the mustard.

Prepared Horseradish

Prepared horseradish is a mixture of ground horseradish root and liquid, such as vinegar. Like mustard seeds, horseradish adds bite to any dish. You can blend the minced root with water, vinegar, oil, mayonnaise or honey to produce different flavors of prepared horseradish. However, freshly prepared horseradish tends to be slightly stronger in flavor than prepared mustard, so it’s best to use less horseradish than the amount of prepared mustard called for in the recipe.

About the Author

A writer since 2000, Aya Pauli has covered a variety of topics including food, fashion, beauty, health, parenting, education, decor and crafts. Her award-winning recipes have been published in food magazines such as "Taste of Home," and she is also the author of a salad cookbook. Pauli's craft projects appear in major manufacturer websites, including Dow Styrofoam. She also holds a CDA in early childhood education and works as a preschool teacher in Wyoming.

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