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Looking to Buy Good Quality Mustard

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I'm somewhat of a mustard novice and looking to explore different high quality brands and types. Can't be any more specific than that, sorry! I've only ever tried mustard that you can find at any local grocery store, i.e. quite generic. Because I don't have a car, I'd appreciate TTC-accessible shops located preferrably in the GTA area. Thanks in advance.

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  1. You should go to Kozlik's at St. Lawrence Market. They have everything from basic dijon to super spicy mustards. They'll let you taste before you buy. My favourites are the Daily Dijon, Italian Mostarda, the Double C and Amazing Maple.

    http://www.mustardmaker.com/

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    St. Lawrence Market
    92 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E, CA

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      1. re: TorontoJo

        I really enjoy Kozlik's too, but bear in mind that they use no preservatives in their mustards, so I find that they lose their punch over time. When you buy, make sure it is the freshest they have available and don't buy too much at once. I bought the XXX at the food and wine show over a year ago. For the first month, it was incendiary. The second month it was good, but not as fiery. After that, the heat completely died and it took on that pasty, chalky, flat taste of stale mustard. The woman at the show had warned me that my batch was bottled only a week prior and would be super hot. It was. I'm thrilled that they use no preservatives, but clearly I should have been using it a lot more frequently, to get through it before it went stale on me.

        1. re: 1sweetpea

          Thanks, 1sweetpea. I'll keep that in mind and remember to purchase the smallest size bottle as I'm not a huge mustard eater to begin with. I'm very excited to check out Kozlik's!

          Thanks for the speedy responses, everyone! Anyone know when Kozlik's is open at SLM?

          1. re: LTL

            When you visit Kozlik's, ask them about the product code on the label (or maybe the jar lid). It actually tells you exactly when that jar was produced. It's something simple, but I can't recall the details -- I think the number on the jar is 6 weeks (months?) from when that batch was made.

            They always have pretzels out for tasting the mustard, but if you get there on a good day/time, they are often frying up peameal bacon for you to use for your samples. Yum.

            BTW, I like the grainy creole. Try the hot garlic if you like a really strong nasal kick.

            1. re: TorontoJo

              I recommend Kozlik's as well. Whenever I've gone, the woman who works there makes sure to give me the newest batch.

            2. re: LTL

              I think my Sobey's (Ossington/Dupont) stocks Kozliks

      2. Caplansky's Deli also sold some crazy good mustard there, the last time I was in for a smoked meat sandwich. I think he makes it himself. They are at College & Brunswick.

        I'm also a fan of Kozlik's.

        Lisa - The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide @ http://www.hipurbangirl.com

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        1. re: FoodieGirl29

          Thanks for the rec, Lisa, but I actually am not a fan of Caplansky's homemade variety at all. Seems like Kozlik's very popular and offers a great variety so I'll check that out.

        2. Hopefully you're novice enough to accept Loblaw or Sobey's as a suggestion and not be insulted. One of the first high quality mustards I enjoyed was Pommery Moutarde de Meaux. It's in the earthenware containers, available at most downtown Loblaws. About $14 or so. I still love it. It's grainy mustard. Good with meats, added to sauces. I even like it straight from the spoon. At Sobey's you can get your hands on some Kozliks also some not too refined but quite good inglehoffer. I love the creamy dill version. Great on sandwiches and in vinaigrettes.

          Generally speaking, you can't go wrong at an eastern european deli. You'll find several varieties from the Ukraine, Poland or Germany. Flavours vary from mild to hot. Try some of the stuff in the tubes (i.e. like toothpaste). Can't think of any specific places off the top of my head. I'm sure some people that live in West Bloor Village area might have some good suggestions. SLM is more convenient for me. There ar ea couple places in there with some interesting mustard choices.

          One place I'd like to check out is Starksy in Mississauga, but I don't get out there much.

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          1. re: grandgourmand

            Totally agree on the Pommery de Meaux. Its a staple in my house.

            I also like many of the Kozlik's flavours.

            I'm partial to a Finnish brand, the spicy and sweet versions of Turun Sinappia, but this may not be to everyone's taste. Its great with smoked meat sandwiches and Polish or other Eastern European sausages.

            SWS

            1. re: grandgourmand

              Loblaws is actually more convenient than SLM for me to visit so I may end up getting some Pommery Moutard de Meaux for immediate use and then making my way to Kozlik's when convenient. Thanks!

              1. re: LTL

                Whereabouts in the city are you, LTL? Maybe not the whole range of flavours but you can find Kozlik's at lots of different outlets now.

                Oh, and I'm a fan too, love the Amazing Maple.
                http://www.mustardmaker.com

                1. re: JamieK

                  Yes, I've seen it in several stores around town. Royal Beef stocks a few varieties in my neighbourhood. Nothing like going to SLM and going sample crazy, though!

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                  Royal Beef
                  1968 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4C, CA

                  1. re: munchieHK

                    Yes, I've seen Kozlik's at Royal Beef as well but also at Rowe Farms and Alex Farm Cheese in the Beach, GrillTime Meats on Laird and Bruno's. GrillTime in fact has a pretty good selection (including Amazing Maple!). Those mustards are great for slathering on meats for grilling. The Amazing Maple tastes great on pork.

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                    Royal Beef
                    1968 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4C, CA

                    Rowe Farms
                    912 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

                  2. re: JamieK

                    High Park area, but I work downtown. I did notice that Kolzik's is available at shops throughout the city but I prefer to visit SLM for my first purchase because it gives me the opportunity to sample and perhaps the product there will be fresher which will help increase its shelf-time. I have planned a trip to SLM for next week. I'm assuming that since Kolzik's is in the South Market it will be open on a Tuesday(?)
                    That way, I can explore the other shops too. I'll report back after I've bought some!

                  3. re: LTL

                    I get my Kozlik's at Sobey's on Broadview. Maybe not as much fun as going to SLM, but you could try some in the meantime. I bet other Sobey's carry it as well.

                    1. re: pescatarian

                      Try a Polish deli in Bloor West Village and ask for "Mother In-Law" mustard (I don't know the Polish name). It's fierce and has flecks of red pepper.

                    1. re: chalenegirl

                      Have you seen it in Toronto? Loblaws at Bathurst/St. Clair used to carrry it but no longer does. Where else?

                      1. re: acd123

                        ayn of the specialty food stores have it at SLM. Schefflers, Lively Life, etc.

                  4. I find Kozlik's way overpriced and raw tasting.

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                    1. re: jayt90

                      I suspect you would be in a very exclusive club there. I'm a mustard fanatic and have tried both commercial and artisanal products all over the world, including France and Germany, surely the spiritual homes of the sacred condiment. In my opinion Kozlik's best concoctions are at least the equal and often the superior of anything I have tried anywhere. They are not uniformly great. I would certainly take issue with the BBQ mustard and similar atrocities, but their dill, triple crunch and daily dijon, to name a few, are simply superb. As for the price, what do you suggest would be reasonable for an an artisanal product made without preservatives in small batches? Most commercial mustards in the supermarkets, such as Maille are already in the $4 to $5 range. Is a dollar more per jar really extortionate considering the quality? Since moving to Toronto and discovering Kozlik's, I buy nothing else, because there is nothing better available, IMHO.

                      1. re: munchieHK

                        I couldn't agree with you more munchieHK!

                    2. Yes on the Kozliks - from mild to the hottest of hot, delicous!. A 'mustard' that is great with ham sandwiches is "Honeycup" Mustard. I don't know where you can buy it in Toronto, however.

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                      1. re: MeMeMe

                        You can get that at Reither's on Church.