The Basics: Brown Mustard Seed


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Brown Mustard Seed 

Brown mustard seeds, Brassica nigra, are members of the mustard & cabbage families. The plant itself offers many uses in the kitchen as the leaves are often added to salads with the pungent seeds harvested for use in many different types of food applications. When crushed, spicy condiments such as mustards may be prepared while whole seeds are ideal for Corned Beef Pickling Spice Blend that can be added to brines for braising transforming brisket into corned beef, a wonderful spring dish. Brown mustard seeds are an annual native to Asia where often times they are warmed to release the oils for use in many curries. Culinary applications aside, they are included in many beauty care products, too. 

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How To Use Brown Mustard Seeds 

Brown mustard seeds that are left whole pair beautifully with other spices such as bay leaves, allspice, black peppercorns & dill seed when brining & classic pickling applications are desired while crushing them in turn release spicy oils perfect for stout mustards.


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 Spice blends that include brown mustard seeds may be created in advance so they are ready for use in recipes at a moments notice. The key to preserving the flavor is to be certain to store the combination in an airtight container so choose something with a tight fitting lid. Once the ingredients have been combined & transferred, place the container in a dark cool location. Use within a few months for the best flavor.

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