How to Make Grainy Apricot Mustard
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Make a budget-friendly batch of Grainy Apricot Mustard for Christmas gifts — a welcome change from cookies and candies. Sweet dried apricots team up with mustard seeds to create this homemade mustard. Try this palate-pleaser in everything from sandwiches to salads.
You can divide the recipe into half-pint or pint jars depending on how many gifts you need. And don’t forget to make a nice label for your jars. The label is a great place to let recipients know that the mustard must be refrigerated.
Grainy Apricot Mustard
Preparation time: 20 minutes, plus 30 minutes for the apricots to soften and 48 hours sitting
Cooking time: 5 minutes
Yield: 4 cups
1-2/3 cups chopped dried apricots
2-1/4 cups water
2/3 cup mustard seeds
3/4 cup cider vinegar
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (preferably freshly grated)
1/4 teaspoon salt
Simmer the apricots and water in a medium saucepan over low heat for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let soften for 30 minutes.
Blend the mustard seeds in a blender until coarsely chopped. Add the apricots, vinegar, brown sugar, nutmeg, and salt. Puree until the apricots are smooth. The mustard seeds will remain coarse. Add a little water if the puree is too thick, although the mustard should be a thick consistency.
Spoon the mustard into jars that have been thoroughly washed with hot, soapy water. Cover with clean lids.
Store in the refrigerator. Allow the flavors to develop for 2 days before using. The mustard keeps for 1 month or longer.
Thin the mustard with a healthy splash of a vinaigrette salad dressing and use it as a basting sauce for grilling or as a tangy dressing for salad.