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Pickled Mustard Seeds

5 minutes prep (plus 1 hour rest)
30 minutes active cooking (plus 1 hour rest)
35 minutes total

Makes 20oz
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These are a favorite unexpected condiment of mine...

that adds a fun sweet-tart bitter crunch. I love topping dishes like deviled eggs, rice bowls, breakfast toasts, meat & potatoes, or mixed in salad dressing.

~ Nicole Sakai, Factory North Creative Director and Wellspent Consultant

What you'll need


For the shopping list

1 tablespoon of

shallots, thinly sliced or diced (optional)

From our shop

$6 - Gaston - Oregon

$11 - Mantova - Italy

White Wine Vinegar

(or 1 1/2 cups vinegar + 1/2 cup water depending on how tart you want them)

$9 - Gossen Island - Norway

Kosher Sea Salt

$10 - Philomath - Oregon

Oregon Blackberry Honey

$12 - Vijayawada - Andra Pradesh

Pragati Turmeric


From the kitchen


Fine Mesh Strainer


Stainless Steel Saucepan


Wooden or Stainless Steel Spoon (So the turmeric doesn't stain your utensil!)

measuring cups

What you'll have to do

Step 1 Rinse 1 cup mustard seeds in a fine strainer under your faucet. Combine 2 cups vinegar and 1 teaspoon salt in a medium stainless saucepan, add rinsed mustard seeds. Allow to soak at room temperature for at least 1 hour, up to overnight. This step is optional but makes for plumper more flavor seeds in the end.

Step 2 Mix in 3 tablespoons honey (or sugar) and 1 teaspoon turmeric to the saucepan ingredients. If you have shallots, this is when you would add those to the pan.

Step 3 Heat on the stove on medium until simmering. Stir frequently and keep at a simmer. Cook it for about 20 minutes. You will notice that the mustard seeds have plumped up and the consistency has thickened a bit similar to cooking grits.

Step 4 Remove from the heat and allow it to cool to room temperature, uncovered, for about 1 hour. The mixture will become thicker as it cools.

Step 5 Store in a lidded glass jar in the refrigerator.

Note — This recipe can easily be cut in half.

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Salt, Herbs, & Spices

Gaston Mustard Seed

Ayers CreekGaston - Oregon
White Wine Vinegar

White Wine Vinegar

MengazolliMantova - Italy
Kosher Sea Salt
Salt, Herbs, & Spices

Kosher Sea Salt

North Sea Salt WorksGossen Island - Norway
Oregon Blackberry Honey

Oregon Blackberry Honey

Oso Honey FarmPhilomath - Oregon
Pragati Turmeric
Salt, Herbs, & Spices

Pragati Turmeric

Diaspora Co.Vijayawada - Andra Pradesh

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