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Homemade mustard

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I've been meaning to make my own mustard condiment for years, but never got around to it for one reason or another. If I had realised how easy it is to get a really tasty result, I would have done it years ago, instead of prevaricating. The only (mildly) difficult part is sourcing the mustard seed. You can buy one of three mustard seed types: white/yellow, brown and black. The three seed types are increasingly hot in that order. If you live in a city you probably have access to a wholefoods supplier, and for everyone else you can probably get mustard seeds fairly cheaply via the Internet. Now that we have the difficult part out of the way, we can proceed to the easy part: making the mustard condiment (sometimes called prepared mustard).

Equipment used for grinding the mustard seeds

Equipment used for grinding the mustard seeds

Introduction

To release the fiery taste in mustard seeds you need to grind them and add a liquid, usually cold water. However, once this liquid has been added, the fieriness starts diminishing, within minutes. To arrest the decline in the fiery flavour you need to add an acid, usually vinegar or you could use something like lemon juice. Using warm water also reduces the fieriness of the mustard. That is all you need for a mustard condiment, everything else is optional flavourings.

Many mustard condiment recipes include a sweetener such as sugar. I prefer not to have sugar added and I really think it isn't needed.

Ingredients

Ingredients Quantity
Mustard seeds, yellow 50 g
Cold water 65 ml
Cider vinegar 3 tbsp
Salt 2 tsp
Turmeric, ground 1 tsp

Equipment required

  • Spice mill, coffee grinder or mortar & pestle
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Jam jar (approx 250 ml size), sterilised

Method

This particular recipe worked for me, but if you fancy something different you can vary the seeds used, try a different vinegar or use warm water instead of cold.

  1. Grind the mustard seed. You can grind coarsely for a country style mustard or to a powder if you want something more refined.
  2. Place the ground mustard into the mixing bowl and mix in the water.
  3. If you want a hot mustard add the vinegar straight away to arrest the decline in fieriness. If you want a more mellow mustard wait for 10 minutes, or even 20 minutes, before adding the vinegar.
  4. At this stage the mustard mixture will seem thin. Don't worry, the ground mustard seeds will soak up some of the liquid and the wholemixture will become thicker.
  5. Sprinkle on the salt and turmeric, mix well.
  6. Spoon your prepared mustard into the jar, screw on the lid and place it in the refrigerator.
  7. Leave the mustard in the jar to mature, for at least 8-10 hours.

Equipment used for grinding the mustard seeds

The finished mustard in a re-purposed jam jar.

Nasty bacteria don't like the combination of mustard seed and vinegar, so your jar will probably keep for many months, even once you have opened and used some. Though, I am certain you will find it so tasty it won't last anything like that long.

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Snow Comes to an End, Leaves Behind Some Impressive Totals

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Well, it wouldn't be a good old fashioned forecast bust without also busting in our back yard as well. We were sitting comfortably at 4" (top of forecast range) as of 6am this morning before a rogue band of moderate snowfall moved through and pushed us over the edge.

Radar image at 7:35am Monday morning showing moderate to heavy snowfall along and east of I-25 in Denver

This morning's band added about 1.5" of fluff on top of yesterday's snow, bringing our total to 5.5" at the Weather5280 south of downtown Denver. Of course we mentioned the likelihood of some additional snowfall last night/this morning padding totals a bit in Saturday's post, but regardless, it didn't really help an already pretty rough forecast.

Models struggled with this whole system start to finish. Many (reluctantly) picked up on the higher-end totals by Saturday evening, but even this morning we saw the high resolution models completely miss on the snow. Here's the composite reflectivity forecast from the HRRRs 3am forecast run for 7am this morning. Now compare that to the radar image above.

From what I have found, nowhere did we have a greater bust than in Boulder. As we showed with the gambler charts on Saturday, Boulder certainly presented as having the greatest odds at far exceeding forecast expectations... but those odds weren't overwhelming by any means. As of 7am this morning Boulder had recorded 13.4" of snow (!!!!!!!!!!!!!) not even close to our 3 - 6" forecast. 🙈

Meanwhile, as of 6am Denver International Airport had recorded just 2" of snow, easily within our 1 - 4" range. This morning's band added another 0.6" to that total, bring the storm total to 2.6". Likely our best forecast across the entire region, thankfully it's the official one for Denver!

In chatting with Matt Makens this morning he looked at radar accumulation and it was generally 0.2-0.5” around the area and that is within acceptable range of the QPF forecast by the modeling. However, the eyesore was the 0.7" liquid that fell on Boulder which was only forecast once. Boulder melted down to 0.68" so definitely greater moisture than many models had... though 0z 3km NAM from Saturday night nailed it. Ratios of greater than 20:1 helped produce higher snowfall totals than we anticipated. Matt: "The only guidance we had to suggest the event was the gamblers high end probabilities. Maybe we need to have greater faith in those but when nam and SREF and HRRR didn’t really get the message it was hard for me to see any reason we'd get dumped on." He’s been working on those Gamblers for years... have some faith in them, Matt, 🤪!

Kudus to the National Weather Service for jumping on the higher totals Saturday. While we did too, it's clear we could have gone even higher. Rather remarkable that as of early Saturday morning most forecasts where somewhere in the 1 - 4" range for all cities along the Front Range... and in the end many 5 - 14" totals have been logged. Below is a look at snowfall totals as of early Monday morning from across the region. For Denver/Aurora and points south it's safe to add another 1 - 2" to these totals with this morning's snow band.

Interactive map of totals: https://www.weather.gov/source/crh/snowmap.html?sid=bou

This system has ended up being one of the biggest snows in two seasons for many climate stations across the region –– and a heck of a way to do it. In fact, the last time Boulder saw more than 12" of snow in a two day period was way back in January of 2017, when 13.8" of snow fell on the city. For Denver, the greatest two-day total over the last two years is 5.7" (January 2018), a number beat by this system across most of the metro area, though again, well below the 2.6" we saw at DIA.

We hope everyone enjoyed the snow (we did!) and if you're lucky enough to have the day off today enjoy that as well. A warming trend is still set to kick in tomorrow, with highs near 60 possible by Wednesday.

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