Homemade Produce Cleaner and Hot and Spicy Mustard

Hey, it’s January. If I have a hankering (who in the heck says that?) for fresh produce that I have to buy at a store, I use a homemade produce cleaner. It’s super easy and lots cheaper than a store-bought version.

Homemade Produce Cleaner

Here’s how you do this. Fill a spray bottle with 1 cup of water and 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar. Spray the fruits and vegetables with this mixture and then rinse them thoroughly with water. Voila! Your fruits and vegetables will be cleaner! Also, consider a fruit and vegetable brush.

Be Blessed!

Hot and Spicy Beer Mustard

Today’s Old School recipe also features cider vinegar AND beer!  Hot and Spicy Beer Mustard. It is HOT and SPICY! This is something you could make for gifts. You could put them in little jars with lids. While you’re at it, put a little string around the lid, so your friends will think you really like them. Ball makes these jar labels that are kind of cute and not that expensive. I’ve included a link to Amazon, but honestly, you can get them anywhere canning items are sold. You can also get the  Anchor Hocking ½ pint jars featured in the photo. You can find them anywhere. This recipe fills four ½ pint jars.

Lettering the labels makes them look fancy! Calligraphy is something I’ve done for decades. I went to art school before personal computers were invented and when calligraphy and hand lettering were important skills. Now it’s just fun for labels and wedding envelopes. Or tattoos.

So, now you’re thinking “Why didn’t she feature this recipe in November or December?” Partly because I forgot, but partly because it’s fun to get a gift when it’s not a holiday! Being as artsy as I am, you would think I go all out for holiday gift giving. Not so much. I like to give gifts randomly, when you least expect them. So, Happy January!

Did I mention this mustard is hot AND spicy!

Hot and Spicy Beer Mustard

Tools You’ll Need:

  • Small bowl
  • Larger bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Double boiler (or nest 2 saucepans)
  • Blender or immersion blender
  • Small jars


  • 1 ½ C dry mustard powder
  • ¼ C yellow or brown mustard seed
  • 12 oz strong-flavored beer or ale
  • ¾ C cider vinegar
  • ½ C minced onion
  • 1 T molasses
  • 2 t salt

Combine mustard powder, mustard seed and beer. Let stand 30 minutes. Stir in the rest of the ingredients. Put mixture on top of double boiler and cook, stirring occasionally over boiling water until mixture thickens slightly, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. This mixture thickens more after cooling.

Put the concoction in a blender or food processor and purée about 15 seconds. Spoon into clean jars, cover and store in refrigerator. Mustard can keep up to 2 years! Makes about 2 ½ cups. This recipe can be doubled, but adjust cooking time.