How to Make Mustard

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Inspired by Miyoko Schinner’s book The Homemade Vegan Pantry, I decided that I needed to make my own condiments. Mayo! Mustard! Ketchup! Oh my!

I know what you are thinking, “There is no way I could make my own condiments.” But I am here to tell you that it is easier than making almost anything else I have ever made.

Mayo – check. Mustard – check. Ketchup? Not so much…but I am not giving up yet.

Anyway, before you say, “that’s not me,” check out how ridiculously easy it is to make mustard. This alcohol-free recipe is kid (and everyone) friendly. It is simply a matter of soaking mustard seeds – did you know they absorb liquid and puff up? I had no idea! I found little packets of organic mustard seeds at Whole Foods – both yellow and brown. Use all yellow (pictured above) or a half and half combo as shown below. It doesn’t taste exactly like the store bought kind – I think it is actually better – so it might take some getting used to. Also, the spiciness of the mustard will decrease over time so don’t worry if at first it burns your nose hairs!

Note: if you are going to make your own stuff like this at home, it might help to order a box of 8 oz. canning jars. They are great for nut butters, jam, and condiments!

Makes about 1 cup

1/4 cup organic mustard seeds
1/4 cup vinegar (white wine or apple cider vinegar are my two favorites!)
1/4 cup filtered water
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Place the ingredients in a jar (that is at least 8oz.) and seal the lid tightly. Shake it up and let it sit for 24 hours. Blend in the Vitamix or blender until it is nice and smooth. Transfer back into the jar, place in the refrigerator and use at will!

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Note: this is a few hours into soaking. After 24 hours, the mustard seeds will be almost to the top of the liquid line!

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Homemade Deoderant

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I am so proud of myself for this one! I knew it was time to DIY outside of the kitchen and I decided to start with deodorant. This summer whatever I was buying, albeit the most natural deodorant on the market, wasn’t working. So I stopped wearing it all together. But then after a few weeks, I decided that I needed…something. I searched the internets for a recipe and this is the version that works best for me.

The base for the deodorant is coconut oil which melts in warm temps so after some experimenting, I decided it was best to get empty containers, make sticks and keep them in the refrigerator. It takes time to get used to (a) going to the kitchen and (b) putting on cold deodorant. But it is totally worth it!

Or, if you prefer, you can use empty, clean containers or small Ball jars. Keep it solid in the refrigerator and use a popsicle stick to scrape some out or keep it in the bathroom in the melted form and just mix it a little before taking some out. And, be careful, because it leaves white marks on clothing so it is best to put it on after you get dressed.

Makes about 4 ounces

6 tablespoons melted coconut oil
6 tablespoons arrowroot powder
2 tablespoons baking soda *
Essential oils (e.g., lavender, sandalwood)

Whisk together the coconut oil, arrowroot powder and baking soda until smooth. Add a few drops of essential oil at a time, until it smells good. Pour into container of choice and use at will!

*Baking soda is irritating for some people. You can decrease it to 1 tablespoon and add more arrowroot or go all arrowroot.

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