Your Guide To Wholegrain Mustard

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Wholegrain Mustard 101

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If there is one that we absolutely love adding to our food, it’s wholegrain mustard.

Wholegrain mustard has a variety of flavours that pair perfectly with sandwiches, snacks and different kinds of meat.

It is prepared mustard with mustard seeds. It has a slightly bitter flavour, but it can be spicy and sweet. It is more than just a flavour as it is rich in minerals, vitamins and other nutrients that provide you with plenty of health benefits.

Read on to learn more about wholegrain mustard.

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What is Wholegrain Mustard?

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It is a prepared condiment with visible mustard seeds, but some seeds are partially blended. The partially blended and partially visible mustard seeds create a pasty texture and overall coarse.

Wholegrain mustard is sometimes difficult to find. So, if you don’t have any wholegrain mustard, you can use stone-ground or coarse ground mustard.

How Is Wholegrain Mustard Made?

Follow the below steps to make wholegrain mustard:

Step 1:

Mix the seeds and vinegar in a bowl and let it sit for one day at room temperature. Don’t fret; they won’t go bad. Let them sit for a while. So they can get soft and nice for their pureeing.

Step 2:

After 24 hours, place this mixture in a chopper and pulse a few times to get your desired consistency.

Step 3:

Now, add some olive oil and water to thin this it out. You can also add anything in it at that point such as hot sauce, fresh or dried herbs, beer, wine and spices.

Step 4:

You can store it in your refrigerator in a container for about 3 months.

What is Wholegrain Mustard used for?

If we had our way, absolutely everything! 

No wholegrain mustard is primarily used for salad dressings and meat dishes to add some flavour.

If you are a fan of a pastrami sandwich, adding whole-grain beer mustard can be the perfect condiment that gives you the depth of flavour. Moreover, it helps to reduce the saltiness of the meat.

It can also enhance the flavour of bratwurst and hot links. For a milder flavour, use the pale ale to make wholegrain mustard.

Storing Wholegrain Mustard

You can store the wholegrain mustard just like you store mayo.

Homemade mustard or an opened container of wholegrain mustard should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for extreme freshness.

Basically, It should just sit in a dark and cool place. It should be kept away from sunlight and other heat sources.

You can store an unopened jar at room temperature. Your kitchen cabinet and pantry can be great choices to store this delicacy at room temperature.

Substitute for Wholegrain Mustard

There are a lot of substitutes that can be a great option for wholegrain mustard.

Yellow mustard

Chances are you have yellow mustard in your fridge. You can spice it up by adding wasabi, cayenne pepper or horseradish.

Dijon mustard

Dijon Mustard is also a great alternative to wholegrain mustard. It is considered a smooth version of wholegrain mustard in many cases.

Honey mustard

As its name suggests, it is regular mustard with some added honey. You can use it as a substitute of whole-grain mustard, but it is sweeter.

Spicy mustard

You can make spicy mustard a good substitute with an extra kick. It can be brown mustard or regular mustard you get with the Asian food take out.

Health Benefits of Mustard

Mustard has anti-oxidants and other compounds that help to protect your body against diseases. It is also a rich source of glucosinolates which is a sulfur compound and found in mustard, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and broccoli.

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Improve Cardiovascular Health

Wholegrain mustard is refined into mustard oil that contains sodium, omega-3 fatty acids, which can improve your cardiovascular health.

According to one study that was published in the Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy that mustard oil is similar to fish oil which helps to prevent heart attack and protect cardiac patients.

Increase Bone Strength

Mustard contains calcium and selenium that can strengthen your teeth, hair, nails and bones. It can remove free radicals because of its antioxidant properties. If you take fours tbsp. of selenium per day, your daily dose of selenium will be fulfilled. 

Improve Sleep Quality

wholegrain mustard also contains magnesium which can help people who have trouble getting a good sleep at night. Magnesium also helps lower blood pressure and regulate your metabolism and other problems that can be the reason behind your poor sleep quality.

Anti-Inflammatory Effects

Magnesium and Selenium have anti-inflammatory effects that decrease the severity of asthma and other allergies

FAQ's on Wholegrain Mustard

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Is wholegrain mustard healthy?

Yes! It provides loads of health benefits such as it may help manage the symptoms of migraines, arthritis, and high blood pressure. It may also alleviate symptoms of asthma.

Wholegrain mustard is a great source of magnesium and trace minerals selenium that helps with cancer prevention.

Is wholegrain mustard Gluten-Free?

In theory, mustard seeds are indeed gluten-free. Unfortunately,  like a lot of theories, everything doesn’t seem to be as simple.

Whilst Mustard seeds do not naturally have gluten, the way in which they have been farmed could mean they have been contained with sources of gluten. 

The best way to check is to read the label before you get to spreading!

Can I substitute Dijon mustard for wholegrain mustard?

Dijon is a smoother version of wholegrain mustard, so it can be used as wholegrain mustard’s substitute. But Dijon is slightly more flavorful, but it won’t give you a mouthfeel taste. Most versions of Dijon mustard are just like yellow mustard.

What goes well with wholegrain mustard?


Put specifically, we’d recommend pairing this wonderful mustard with a potato salad. The grainy texture pairs perfectly with the smooth, soft potatoes. 

What does wholegrain mustard taste like?

The taste of whole-grain mustard has a significant difference when you compare its taste with yellow mustard. Its taste is usually stronger than smooth yellow mustard. 

Is wholegrain mustard spicy?

When you crush the mustard seeds, then it can change their strength and taste. The pungency of mustard is due to the allyl isothiocyanate. As wholegrain mustard seeds are not ground, there is not noticeably more pungency and therefore, the level of spice is not so high.

Is Mustard anti-inflammatory?

Mustard has anti-inflammatory substances that reduce blood sugar levels and reduce inflammation. Moreover, it may protect against cancerous cells, fungi and bacteria.

Andy Canter


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