August 6 – National Mustard Day

Posted on August 6, 2016

Is today the first Saturday of August?

It is??? must be...Today is National Mustard Day!!!

Yeah, yeah, you've probably never heard of such a thing, but it's a real holiday being promoted each year by the National Mustard Museum (which you have probably also never heard of) of Middleton, Wisconsin. 

What do you do on Mustard Day? The usual: music, games, entertainment, food. In this case, food is key – there are hot dogs and brats to eat with a variety of mustards. Mustard tasting (or sampling) isn't something I've ever heard of before...

...But on Mustard Day, it's a thing!

I'm not sure about this Mustard Day activity...

Maybe all I should say about this is, "Don't try this at home!"

Mustard is a popular condiment (sauce) made from the seeds of one of the mustard plants. Did you know that there are several mustard plants used to make this food: white or yellow mustard, brown or Indian mustard, and black mustard.

What is done to the seeds varies with the mustard: they are typically ground, but sometimes they are mixed with other ingredients whole, cracked, or even just bruised. The seeds are mixed with water, salt, lemon juice or other liquids, and sometimes flavorings or spices. The resulting condiment is sometimes one smooth color (typically bright yellow to dark brown) or a mottled, speckly color.

Here are just a few of the kinds of mustard people in the U.S. can easily buy in grocery stores:

Yellow mustard – classic, sweet, or spicy

Dijon mustard

Old-style mustard

Honey mustard

Super hot sriracha mustard

Horseradish mustard

Of course, there are also many more unusual flavors of mustards, including beer mustard, apple mustard, or cherry mustard.

Mustard is often used in sandwiches, including hot dogs and hamburgers. It is used for dipping sauce, particularly for corn dogs. It is used to spice up salad dressing or in glazes, sauces, soups, and marinades. It is popular in many different cuisines, all over the world.

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