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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 = 1 teaspoons dry mustard.
 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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