Gardening with CiscoeHomemade mustard as a holiday gift

Original air date: 11/27/2010

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Homemade Mustards

Do the mustards need to be refrigerated? How long do they last in the canning jar without going bad? And finally, does PCC sell mustard seed in bulk, or do you buy them by the package? Thanks! I am looking forward to making and gifting this!!

Gifting Mustard!

Hi Glynis!

Thanks so much for your excellent questions! So, let's see. In the recipe it says to put the mustard in sterilized jars and keep in your refrigerator for up to 2 months. That's the quick method. If you would like to actually "can" or preseve the mustard, here is a general guideline:

Wash and rinse the canning jars; bring to a boil in a large pot, turn down heat and let stand in hot water. In a smaller pot, bring lids and rings to boil; turn down heat; let stand in hot water.
Fill jars to 1/4" of top. Wipe rims clean. Screw on 2-piece lids. Put filled jars in boiling water to cover. Boil 5 min. (add 1 min. more for every 1,000 ft. above sea level). Remove from water. Let jars cool. Check seals–lids should be sucked down.

With this method the mustard will be shelf stable until it is opened. Then it will need to be refrigerated and will last about 2 months.

And we definitely sell the mustard seeds in bulk. You'll find them in our bulk spice section.

Happy Holidays! Lynne


Hi there, How much Allspice does the recipe call for? And does PCC sell the jars for this recipe?

Thank you!


allspice and such

Hi Kimberdee!

The recipe calls for 1 teaspoon of allspice. As far as the jars are concerned, many of the PCC stores carry canning size jars and also smaller spice jars, (which make nice gift size mustard jars!) However the inventory varies from store to store and season to season. The best thing to do is to call your local neighborhood PCC and ask them what they have in stock. The jars are easy for us to order in a case pack, so if a store doesn't have them they can get them for you.


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