National Mustard Day takes place on August 04, 2024. It takes place on the first sunday in August each year. Mustard is a condiment made from the seeds of a mustard plant. The whole, ground, cracked, or bruised mustard seeds are mixed with water, salt, lemon juice, or other liquids, and sometimes other flavorings and spices, to create a paste or sauce ranging in color from bright yellow to dark brown. A strong mustard can cause the eyes to water, sting the palate, and inflame the nasal passages and throat. Homemade mustards are often far hotter and more intensely flavored than commercial preparations.
Commonly paired with meats and cheeses, mustard is a popular addition to sandwiches, salads, hamburgers, and hot dogs. It is also used as an ingredient in many dressings, glazes, sauces, soups, and marinades; as a cream or a seed, mustard is used in the cuisine of India, the Mediterranean, northern and southeastern Europe, Asia, the Americas, and Africa, making it one of the most popular and widely used spices and condiments in the world.
Prepared mustard is sold at retail in glass jars, plastic bottles, or metal squeeze tubes.] Because of its antibacterial properties, mustard does not require refrigeration; it will not grow mold, mildew, or harmful bacteria. Unrefrigerated mustard will lose pungency more quickly, and should be stored in a tightly sealed, sterilized container in a cool, dark place. Mustard can last indefinitely, though it may dry out, lose flavor, or brown from oxidation. Mixing in a small amount of wine or vinegar will often revitalize dried out mustard. (With material from: Wikipedia)