[Sca-cooks] Mustard - Can you cut it?

Suey lordhunt at gmail.com
Fri Nov 23 16:02:40 PST 2007

Euriol wrote:

> After investing in a Cuisinart food
> processor, I found that it broke down the mustard seeds far better. 
    Years ago a former boss speaking about poor work performance said 
he/she "could not cut the mustard." I have a hunch that phrase can be 
traced back to the medieval era.
    I am wondering to what extend the mustard was "cut" during that era. 
It would seem to me that fancy food processors are out of bounds. What 
we are after is: to what point could man breakdown mustard seeds for 
medieval sauces/flavoring?
    We are not after Durham mustard, later Coleman's which began to be 
developed in 1720 by a  Mrs. Clements of Durham, England who discovered 
how to grind the seed in a flour mill to obtain the more flavor. 

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