Podcast Minisode: National Mustard Day (Annotated)
Hi, I’m Craig The Intern, and they make me transcribe these every week. Everything’s going great so far! This minisode is all about mustard, so don’t be YELLOW…listen to some SPICY thoughts! (I just made that up. Good, right?)
Did you ever think you’d hear a podcast begin with the word “mustard”? Well, it’s national mustard day, and we’re celebrating! Matt bets the mustard-growers of America invented this holiday, because it’s a national day but not an international day. It’s celebrated annually at the national mustard museum in Middleton, Wisconsin.
Mack is a mustard guy, because in France bread and beef tends to come with mustard, and that is as winning as Charlie Sheen. Matt is a ketchup guy, but also learned in Europe to be a mayo guy, and years later found the gateway that was honey mustard. Mack has a butcher in new York where he buys ham, and the guy makes in-house mustard that’s horseradish-y. He hooked Mack with a free sample he sneaked into his bag one time, and the mustard seeds are hand-ground.
Is mustard Mack’s favorite condiment? He thinks yes. There are no varieties of ketchup like there are with mustard. Though there was purple ketchup once, and this leads into a discussion of what foods are naturally purple. Eggplant, grapes…The Grimace? Is he food? Can we find out?
We decide burgers need ketchup and hot dogs need mustard. Eggs are up for debate. Mack reveals his omelet technique, low and slow. Matt discusses a Gordon Ramsay technique about taking the eggs on and off the stove, but this is all a diversion from mustard in the end.
Ham, corned beef…what else requires mustard? The guys speculate. They do both like A1 sauce still, but you don’t use it to marinate. Worcestershire sauce can be used for that, but do you really know what’s in it? (Fermented fish, according to Mack.) Mortar and pestles are cool.
But the ingredients in mustard? Just mustard! (Not entirely true.)
2:48-3:44 How Europe is the condiment gateway to the world.
5:14-6:04 Green and purple ketchup: which color was least food-like?
Here are the ingredients of mustard: https://www.drgourmet.com/ingredients/mustard.shtml
Here are the ingredients of Worcestershire Sauce: https://www.livestrong.com/article/301819-ingredients-of-lea-perrins-worcestershire-sauce/
Here is an auto-tuned Charlie Sheen singing about winning:
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