Can dry mustard be substituted for mustard seed when canning pickles? How much is used?
Yes, dry mustard can safely be used as a substitute for mustard seed. However, it may make the brine cloudier than mustard seed and may alter the flavor.
1 teaspoon mustard seeds = 1½ teaspoons dry
This substitution is most likely for use in foods and
in making mustard vs. being used to flavor a brine. You
will have to decide what sort of mustard flavor you want
in what kind of pickles (i.e.: bread and butter or sweet
slices). And since even mustard pickles (which use dry
mustard) vary from 1/4 t to 2 T dry mustard for 2-6
pints of pickles, there is a lot of individual
preferences in recipes. So the exact amount of dry
mustard needed will vary; you'll have to experiment!
Source: Elizabeth L. Andress, Ph.D, Professor and
Extension Food Safety Specialist, Director, National
Center for Home Food Preservation, Department of Foods
and Nutrition, The University of Georgia
Answered by Jessica Kovarik, RD, LD, Extension Associate, College of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri Extension
Last update: Friday, February 06, 2009