Mustard sauce properties

Health properties of mustard sauce


What effects mustard sauce has?

  • Mustard sauce is a strong seasoning that should be consumed in small quantities.
  • It has a high potassium content, which makes it a slightly diuretic sauce.
  • Mustard seeds are rich in selenium and aromatic substances, which have antioxidant properties.
  • The aromatic components of mustard stimulate gastric secretions, so this sauce is an excellent snack. Also for this reason it has been used to combine with dishes difficult to digest, especially to accompany game meats.

Its spicy and intense flavor is a warning for delicate stomachs: indeed, mustard is mildly irritating to the digestive mucosa, so those who suffer from heartburn, dyspepsia or digestive ulcers should avoid consuming it.


Old style mustard sauceImage: Old style mustard sauce, Dijon

Ingredients of old style mustard sauce

Preparation of old style mustard sauce

  • Soak mustard seeds overnight with wine. Allow seeds to be hydrated for 12 hours in a refrigerator.
  • Grind the above mixture until all the grains split without being crushed completely. Let stand 1 hour in refrigerator.
  • Cook the mixture over low or medium heat, uncovered, so the spirit of the wine vinegar evaporates. Add 1 tablespoon of salt, and add more vinegar if necessary. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Mustard contains a type of fiber called mucilage, with emollient effect, that, combined with vinegar, forms a gel. The gel provides the ideal solution for this sauce texture.
  • Remove from heat and let it cool. Add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice when the mixture is cool.
  • Grind the seeds of the above mixture to form a thick sauce, then, mix with whole seeds. So we get a sauce with more flavor.
  • Mix the crushed mustard with whole mustard seeds in vinegar and salt at will.
  • Do not add water to the recipe because it would shorten its shelf life. If desired, you can add oil.

Black mustard is very irritating. We do not recommend it in condiments, although it can be used. If using black mustard, take it in small quantities or mixed with (the less spicy) white mustard.

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This article was endorsed by Elisenda Carballido - Dietitian nutritionist. Postgraduate in Phytotherapy and master in Nutrition and Metabolism.
Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

28 March, 2022

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