I have a lot of yellow mustard (think French's brand, nothing fancy here) and am looking for ways to quickly use a lot of it. One thought that came to mind was to somehow use it along with some other ingredients to make a soup. I found some recipes for Dutch mustard soup, and something like that sounds perfect, but of course those recipes call for higher-quality stone ground or perhaps Dijon mustards. My guess is that the main difference is my yellow mustard tastes less of mustard and more of vinegar and salt than higher-quality mustards.

Could I use my mustard as a direct substitute for better mustards called for in something like Dutch mustard soup; or, would I need to make adjustments or pre-process the yellow mustard first to get something similar; or is using something like French's mustard as a significant component of a soup base just an idea that is not worth pursuing?

  • ...don't know about soup, but: foodandwine.com/condiments/10-ways-use-mustard
    – moscafj
    Aug 21, 2021 at 15:06
  • If you are happy with the taste of your mustard , give it a try. Only consider tast mustard should be added at the end of the cooking — or enhanced with a fresh spoonful if added it earlier.
    – jmk
    Aug 21, 2021 at 17:16
  • There is a style of BBQ that uses yellow mustard. It’s not a soup but might help you use up some of it
    – Joe
    Sep 24, 2021 at 18:44

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You can, I did, but it probably isn't authentic.

The first recipe I found specifically cautioned against yellow mustard. Other recipes call for wholegrain, Dijon, or something rarer. The first recipe also only used 3tbsp to serve 4, which wouldn't use your mustard up very quickly. On the other hand yellow mustard is far less mustardy than Dijon. Wholegrain mustard can be quite vinegary, so that may not be too much of a worry.

The recipe didn't give a reason for avoiding yellow mustard; I suspect it wouldn't be strong enough. I'd try it, with the following changes:

  • don't add any salt until the very end
  • choose a low salt stock
  • use more mustard than called for. I'd start with double, possibly adding more towards the end.

I gave it a try, following the recipe at the 2nd link above (which treats ham/bacon as optional; I opted against).

Having never had the original I can't speak for the authenticity, but mine was quite enjoyable. I got a tasty soup that I enjoyed and would make again. The yellow mustard I have is a little hotter than French's, but still mild enough that I would happily lick it off a spoon. I started with about as much mustard as the recipe calls for, and didn't find the need to add more as the mustard flavour was strong enough, though without heat.

Mustard freezes, by the way, divided into small portions.

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