mustard http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/6528/all en-US Save Money by Making Your Own Mustard? http://www.wisebread.com/save-money-by-making-your-own-mustard <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/save-money-by-making-your-own-mustard" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2815597393_8245b66ff7.jpg" alt="mustard corn dog" title="mustard corn dog" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I use a lot of mustard. Before embarking on this project, I took a jar count in the refrigerator. I already owned five different kinds. However, I can easily rationalize this. You need different types of mustard. I use Dijon in many sauces. Whole grain on a ham-and-Swiss panini is great. French's is a necessity on a hot dog. Well, you get the idea. This seemed like a perfect make-your-own condiment opportunity.</p> <p>To review, here are my criteria for make-it-yourself stuff:</p> <ol> <li>Is the product I make better?</li> <li>Is it cheaper?</li> <li>How much time did it take?</li> </ol> <p>When I first decided to try making mustard, I happened to be on a whole-grain mustard kick. I had found a recipe involving sausage and coleslaw that my husband was crazy about &mdash; but I needed whole-grain mustard. A 6-oz. jar was $5.50 (ouch) but it was perfect in the recipe.</p> <p>Once I recovered from the sticker shock, it seemed like a good idea to try making my own whole-grain mustard to save money. I found a recipe online and bought the mustard seed, as well as other ingredients. It looked quite a bit different from the stuff in the jar. It also tasted a lot different. It was awful. I made my daughter try it, just so I could have a second opinion. She said, &quot;Eewww.&quot; I chucked it.</p> <p>I went back to the drawing board. For my second attempt, I decided to try a more basic mustard. I bought some mustard powder ($4.50) and tried again. Even after a week of &quot;mellowing,&quot; it was inedible. I was beginning to get discouraged.</p> <p>For attempt number three, I decided to consult the <a href="http://www.penzeys.com/">Penzey's catalog</a> &mdash; a wise decision. Not only was mustard powder much more affordable, but they also had a handy recipe. I couldn't resist tasting it right after making it, even though the recipe said it would need to mellow. WHAM! It just about took my head off. I eat a lot of wasabi and wasabi has nothin' on fresh mustard. Whew! The flavor was better, though. I let it mellow a full three weeks before re-testing it. We made some corn dogs and got down to work. How was it? HOT.</p> <p>The results:</p> <ol> <li>Is it better? If you like the spicy type of mustard that comes with Chinese food, I think you'll like it. I like flavorful mustards, but I have a pretty low tolerance for spiciness.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Is it cheaper? I would say no, unless you can find really inexpensive powder or mustard seed in bulk. I now have a real appreciation for &quot;gourmet&quot; mustards and won't whine so much about the cost.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>How much time did it take? Ten minutes, tops, per recipe.</li> </ol> <p>I was happy with the quality of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cut-rate-condiments-homemade-mayo">homemade mayonnaise</a> and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-own-ketchup">ketchup</a>. However, that is where I would draw the line. Mustard will not be in my repertoire.</p> <p>Next post: I make my own salt! Just kidding.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-money-by-making-your-own-mustard">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-money-saving-healthy-homemade-salad-dressings">5 Best Money-Saving, Healthy, Homemade Salad Dressings</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-simple-kitchen-skills-every-frugal-person-should-master">16 Simple Kitchen Skills Every Frugal Person Should Master</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-delicious-ways-to-save-stale-bread">10 Delicious Ways to Save Stale Bread</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-delicious-and-frugal-power-bowls-you-want-right-now">10 Delicious and Frugal Power Bowls You Want Right Now</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-10-simple-swaps-will-make-your-baking-so-much-better">These 10 Simple Swaps Will Make Your Baking So Much Better</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink homemade condiments mustard recipes whole-grain mustard Tue, 12 Oct 2010 12:00:12 +0000 Marla Walters 260046 at http://www.wisebread.com Which store-bought stain remover works best? http://www.wisebread.com/which-store-bought-stain-remover-works-best <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/which-store-bought-stain-remover-works-best" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/laundry.jpg" alt="hanging laundry" title="hanging laundry" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="188" height="250" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>This is the first in what will be an ongoing series of blogs, subtitled &quot;Andrea shamelessly promotes cute guys who make videos about vaguely interesting topics.&quot; </p> <p>Now, I know that our Jessica O. did a <a href="/6-great-ways-to-remove-stains-with-household-products">fabulous blog post</a> about stain removal here at Wise Bread. One of my favorite posts ever. Jessica&#39;s post examined common household products that can be used to get stains out. <a href="http://slatev.com/business.html"><strong>This video</strong></a> (I can&#39;t embed it, sorry!), on the other hand, shows an adorably disheveled, slacker-ish guy testing out numerous commercial stain-removers. </p> <p>In case you don&#39;t care to watch, the winner is Zout. I&#39;m a little peeved that the Tide pen was thrown out so early in the competition, but as Dan points out, usability is a major issue, and the pen tip collapsed.</p> <object width="425" height="350"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/D3qFk8c1kQU" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/D3qFk8c1kQU" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350"></embed></object><p>What can I say? I have a weakness for Slate.com contributors, and for guys who play the air guitar professionally.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-store-bought-stain-remover-works-best">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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