Sweet, tart, and tangy, this brilliantly-hued mustard would be a delicious accompaniment to a cheese plate. Of course, it would also be fantastic spread on turkey or ham sandwiches made with holiday leftovers.
Very loosely adapted (more like inspired by!) the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving.
- Yield:Makes seven 4-ounce jars
- Active time: 1 hour
- Total time:8 hours
- 1 cup apple cider vinegar
- 2/3 cup mustard seeds
- 2 3/4 cups fresh cranberries
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
- Freshly grated zest of one small orange
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup dry mustard
- 1 teaspoon allspice
Place seven 4-ounce jars on rack in large pot. Add enough water to cover jars, and bring to boil over high heat. Boil for 10 minutes, then turn off heat and allow jars to rest in hot water. Meanwhile, put rims and lids in small saucepan and cover with water. Heat over medium heat until water is simmering, then remove pan from heat and allow rims and lids to rest in hot water.
Bring vinegar to boil in small pot over high heat. Remove pot from heat and add mustard seeds. Cover pot and let stand until mustard seeds have absorbed most of the liquid, about one hour.
Transfer seeds and any remaining liquid into blender. Add one cup water and blend until mixture is smooth and most of mustard seeds are chopped. Add cranberries and blend until chopped, stopping to scrape down sides and stir contents as necessary.
Pour contents of the blender into large pot. Add orange juice and orange zest and bring to boil. Stir in sugar, dry mustard, and allspice. Continue to boil mixture, stirring constantly, until thickened and reduced a bit, about twelve minutes.
Ladle hot mustard into hot sterilized jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Wipe rims of jars, cover with lids, and screw bands on until they are just barely tight. Place jars on the rack in pot and cover completely with water. Cover pot and bring it to a boil over high heat. Boil for 10 minutes. Turn off theheat, uncover pot, and allow jars to rest in water for five minutes. Remove jars from pot and allow to rest undisturbed on countertop for six hours or overnight.