National Mustard Day - The Focus Foundation

National Mustard Day

Celebrate National mustard Day on August 7th!

Ground from the seeds of a mustard plant, mustard is one of America’s favorite condiments. Food lovers can celebrate this topping on National Mustard Day, August 7! So many mustards to choose from!

National Mustard Day - The Focus Foundation
National Mustard Day - The Focus Foundation

The National Mustard Museum, located in Middleton, Wisconsin has more than 6,000 jars, bottles, and tubes of mustards from all 50 states and more than 70 countries!



National Mustard Day - The Focus Foundation

Be sure to try out as many mustards as possible: the standard yellow American style, French Dijon mustard, Bavarian sweet mustard and tangy, beer mustard!

Can you come up with 10 ways to use mustard?

How many different mustards can you find in your grocery store?

Note: Maybe make this a contest?


National Mustard Day - The Focus Foundation

Mustard is the favorite topping for hot dogs.

A National Hot Dog and Sausage Council survey found that 71% of people say that mustard is their favorite hot dog condiment. It’s a staple at baseball games and other sporting events, always at the concession stand. Just make sure you pick up an extra napkin so you don’t spill any on your shirt!

Cities are actually known for their hot dogs and mustard recipes. In New York, the simple dog is supreme. A hot dog in the Big Apple is traditionally topped with spicy brown mustard and either sauerkraut or onions sautéed with tomato paste. Arizona’s most well-known cities are home to the Sonoran, a hot dog that’s first wrapped in smoky bacon, then topped with pinto beans, onion, mustard, mayo, and chopped tomatoes, onions, and jalapeños. The Milwaukee dog may not look like the typical hot dog, but they’re the real deal. Ask a Wisconsin purist—tradition demands that these sausages be served on a toasted hard roll (not a hot dog bun), with butter, spicy mustard (not ketchup), sweet pickles (not lettuce), and sauerkraut.

Did you know? It’s good for you.

Mustard is used as a remedy for muscle pains and certain types of skin disorders. Mustard seeds come with high levels of calcium, magnesium, and potassium. As a great addition to some of your favorite foods, mustard is a low-calorie, low-sugar alternative to other toppings.

You can put it on almost anything.

Mustard isn’t just for hot dogs. With all the varieties, get creative: if you can dream it, you can achieve it! Try out a breakfast casserole infused with honey Dijon. Bake up some mustard-roasted potatoes. Glaze a ham with honey mustard. If you can’t let go of your traditional roots, have a Chicago-style hot dog with yellow mustard, chopped onions, relish, a pickle spear, and tomato slices.

Host a family mustard-tasting event.

Serve pretzels, hot dog bites, and pita bread to test out as many types of mustard, as possible. Go to your local store to try out several of their mustard varieties. Place the different kinds in small serving dishes and let everyone try out all the combinations of snacks and toppings.

National Mustard Day - The Focus Foundation

Make your own mustard!

Who says that French’s and Grey Poupon should have the monopoly on good mustard? Try out your own recipe on National Mustard Day. Soak mustard seeds for a full day in your liquid of choice: vinegar, water, wine, or even beer. Then, grind up the seeds in a food processor. Make the mustard to your liking by adding your favorite flavors, like brown sugar, honey, or tarragon.

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