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What's your favorite dijon mustard and where do you buy it locally?

I have been using more dijon than ever in cooking etc. and am looking for a new source. I just finished a pint of the Bornier from Cardullos. It was good, but I wouldn't mind something with slightly more kick. I have enjoyed Roland in the past, but have not seen it around here lately. I find the hot Maille can be a bit strong for some cooking uses.

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  1. I'm a Grey Poupon fan and just recently discovered Trader Joe's has a good coarse grain Dijon - bigger bottle for less money. Have you checked out the Mt. Horeb Mustard Museum? I order online from them frequently - they have such great variety and have never been disappointed.

    http://mustardmuseum.com/

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    1. re: pasuga

      Kudos to you. I'm a Grey Poupon fan, too!

    2. I love Fallot Dijon... the last family mustard producer in the Dijon region. Sadly, I can no longer get it locally and now order it from www.FrenchSelections.com. If you order a case, 12 bottles of mustard, the shipping charges are very reasonable.

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      1. re: smtucker

        I had recently picked up two jars of Edmond Fallot mustard at Formaggio Kitchen. They usually have it in stock.

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        Formaggio Kitchen
        244 Huron Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

        1. re: smtucker

          Thanks for the link, I may try this one. Are you using the regular Fallot dijon, or the Burgandy dijon? From the description it seems that the burgandy is stronger in taste. I am looking for something with bite, but not overwhelmingly so as I use it a lot in cooking so I may go with the regular. I think I have seen this one at Cardullos which is close to me. I can try it from there and order from French Selections if it is what I am looking for.

          I have tried TJs, but it is a bit stronger than what I am looking for.

          Mustard Museum looks right up my alley. I will check it out.

          1. re: Gabatta

            I have not cared for the burgundy mustard.... just not to my taste. [I have an unopened jar if you want it. Just send me a message to the email address in profile.]

            I do like their country mustard however. Sounds like you can buy a jar at Formaggio according to jj, and see if it is to your tastes. [I suspect that mail order is a much better price if you know you like it.]

            1. re: smtucker

              I appreciate the generous offer. I am going to buy their regular dijon and see if that does the trick. Thanks though.

          2. re: smtucker

            They have several varieties of Fallot at Fairway Supermarkets (all in the NY area and one in ParamusNJ and Stamford CT

            1. re: smtucker

              I just discovered this mustard, and adore it. I buy it at Ma France, in Lexington.

              To address the concerns of the poster who brought this thread back to life today, it does say "Product of France" on the jar. I imagine there are pretty strict rules in France about not mislabelling products made in China as being products made in France, but I could be wrong.

              And to go totally off topic, I love it in Dijon Vinaigrette a la Le Relais de l'Entrecôte:

              One part mustard
              one part vinegar (recommend tarragon vinegar)
              two parts oil (try walnut oil!)
              salt
              pepper

              Toss with arugula and rare steak and you have the perfect steak salad.

              1. re: Chris VR

                Note above my joking about China did not illicit response.

                I was specifically told, and repeatedly, and near the last once-operative factory (next to which the Maille mustard boutique is still located in downtown Dijon), is that Dijon mustard is no longer manufactured *in Dijon*. That's all.

                If the product says "Made in France" I feel confident that both the mustard seed and the preparation is indeed France.

                The Grey Poupon that I scarf endlessly is made in the US, I assume, by Kraft, who now owns the name. I love it nonetheless.

                1. re: Blabber

                  Fallot is indeed made in France. I have been to the building, and the smell of vinegar is quite distinct.

                  1. re: Blabber

                    I was always happy enough with Grey Poupon, and I liked Maille well enough until I tried the Faillot. So much for my "mustard is mustard" theory. There's a remarkable difference... unfortunately one that's also reflected in price. But so worth it!

              2. Yes TJ's Dijon is awesome... hot... great for salad dressings and sandwiches!

                1. IIRC Pace in the North End carries a lot of Roland products. You could give them all call to see if they have your mustard there or in one of the other Pace locations.

                  I think I've seen it in some of the places I shop. I'll report back if I spot it.

                  Penny
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                  1. This is one condiment I never gave much thought to. Poupon has always been my easy-to-find standby. I suspect 90% of my usage goes into vinaigrettes. How do the various brands differ?

                    http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                    1. re: MC Slim JB

                      Different brands of Dijon mustard use different aromatics. The dijon mustards I like contain really high quality white wine, shallots, and of course really good mustard seeds. The reason I love the Fallot is that it hits more flavor notes. I find Maillot too bitter and Gray Poupon just seems flat.

                      I do notice the difference in a vinaigrette. My uses often include as a condiment for leftover, cold ribeye or NY strip steak, various mustard sauces for chicken, as part of a sandwich. For dishes where the mustard is just one of many ingredients, like Potato salad, I find that the Gray Poupon extra bite works best.

                      1. re: MC Slim JB

                        I thought all Dijons were the same after trying Grey Poupon and Maille, but after a few visits to France realized most non-mass-produced local Dijon mustards are usually much stronger, i.e., spicier. I don't know too much about the differences in aromatics, but for the ones available here I've had Fallot and this other brand called Beaufor (also available at SE Formaggio), both of which are significantly spicier than Grey Poupon and Maille. I've grown to like these spicier ones for most applications. The one time I prefer a milder Dijon is with pate when I don't want it to drown everything else out with heat.

                      2. Grey Poupon is ":Dijon style" mustard, it is made in Connecticut. Maille Provencale is not quite as strong as the plain, it is tempered with red bell peppers. Available on line. Made in Dijon, France.

                        1. I buy my mustard at Marty's in Newton. They regularly stock Maille, Bornier, Pommery and some varieties of Faillot.

                          1. Not very exciting, but Maille has always been my favorite throughout the (many!) years. (Usually pick it up at any local grocery store, such as Stop & Shop - although I haven't set foot in one in ages). Love a spoon added to salad dressing & although I haven't done this lately - used to use in w/tuna sandwiches. I like the kick that Maille has, although I tend to not use too much of it when I *do* use it.

                            Guess it's time for me to try some others!

                            1. Not to be the perpetual DIY nerd/advocate, and I like many prepared mustards including Maille, the one in the crock, and even Grey Poupon, but mustard is insanely easy to make.

                              Grind mustard in spice mill (I mix spicey black and milder yellow) add vinegar, you're done. Mustard seeds can be bot super cheap at Indian Groceries.

                              Then you can spend a lifetime tuning the recipe with different recipes a little white wines, spices, etc.

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                              1. re: StriperGuy

                                Another possibility is to use Coleman's mustard powder and skip the grinding step. You won't get the benefit of Indian grocery prices though.

                                One benefit to the DIY route is the ability to dial in the amount of heat you want. If you want to clear your sinuses, it's not too hard to do.

                                1. re: StriperGuy

                                  My favorite home made mustard (although it has a shorter shelf life) is an emulsion of poached eggs, a wine and spice reduction and both mustard (Laxmi brand) and grapeseed oils.

                                  1. re: StriperGuy

                                    holy cow, stripie, i was just coming on to WARN people about indian groc store mustard seeds. but now that i think of it, i bought ground mustard powder (not seeds)- and it was the hottest thing i could ever imagine. OMG! did i learn that lesson fast. the powder was yellow too!

                                  2. To be a real Dijon mustard it must be grown around and prepared in Dijon, France. The others are all "Dijon style" imposters. Grey Poupon USA is owned by Heublein Co. There is a Grey Poupon made in France, but it is unavailable in the US. Something like the Godiva chocolate story.

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                                    1. re: menton1

                                      We went to Dijon to sample mustard among many other culinary treats, in Fall of 2011. We were told at the cute little Maillard boutique downtown, and by the hosts at our hotel, that there is NO MUSTARD commercially manufactured in Dijon any more. Zero. Zip. Bupkis.

                                      So much for "real Dijon".

                                      In asking where it was now the "Dijon" products were actually made, one person said "outside of Dijon proper". I asked "how far" outside. They laughed and said "a very long way". When I asked "China?", they gave me no more information.

                                    2. Gabatta, it looks like you're in the Boston area but if you are ever in the vicinity of NYC we have a supermarket chain called Fairway that stocks several amazing dijon mustards and most of them are available for tasting before you buy. I forget the name of the one I sampled this week-end but it was in an eartnware jar with a cork and it was wonderful. I'll make notes next time I go, but here's a link to give you an idea.
                                      http://www.fairwaymarket.com/pages.ph...

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                                      1. re: Sloth

                                        Not that they are the authorities on the subject but I think that Consumer Reports did a "blind" taste test of supermarket dijon mustards and TJ's was the favorite of the tasters. Interesting, as TJ's doesn't make any of their own products, maybe it's being made by Grey Poupon???

                                        1. re: bakerboyz

                                          Grey and Poupon merged their company with Ricard's Maille. they were then bought by Heublein, which was acquired by RJ Reynolds, which merged with Nabisco, but was later sold off to Kraft.

                                          The wiki page indicates that Dijon mustard is still being manufactured in the cute shop in Dijon. They apparently don't know that, as they told me they were not. I was told by a number of folks, also, that *mustard* is not being grown in the area. I can't prove any of this, but that's the hearsay I encountered in Dijon, and was proffered with mild embarrassment.

                                          1. re: bakerboyz

                                            I saw that article too in Consumer Reports. I am a fan of the Trader Joe's Dijon mustard which does say that it is made in France. It is good for sandwiches and not too watery.

                                            Trader Joe's had a gift pack of four flavored mustards at the holidays last year that they said was made exclusively for them in Dijon, France. It looked like a nice set or a neat gift. I didn't try it though:

                                            http://www.traderjoes.com/fearless-fl...

                                            I usually buy Maille Dijon mustard as I use it for salad dressing. I'm also a fan of the Maille Old Style Whole Grain mustard to make potato salad:

                                            http://maille.us/products/maille-old-...

                                            These last two are usually in most stores, and at the Farmland in Wakefield, Mass.

                                        2. We brought back a supply of simple Amora dijon after our last trip to France. Unfortunately that has run out and we have taken to ordering it from Amazon or the Frenchy Bee site for 4X the price. It would still be nice to find a local source.

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                                          1. re: Gabatta

                                            Gabatta, a few things that i hope might be useful:
                                            --I stock 2 flavored dijons that i love. One is a Walnut dijon that i bought long ago at Marty's but that they didn't stock last time i checked. I think it was a Corcellet product; i really like that co. I got my current jar from ? but i don't like it at all.Beaufor. Now I'm going to check other sources, mentioned above, for other versions of it.

                                            -the second is "Truffle Honey Mustard" (misnomer ;it's really just dijon w/ high quality truffle oil) from Far West Funghi in CA(they mailorder but also have a store in SF's Ferry Bldg.)

                                            Lastly, w/o going into a long story, with the post 9/11 fascistic airport regulations that have given baggage checkers a reason to live- remember to NOT put mustard jars in your carry-on luggage. They deem it liquid and rationality will not dissuade them.

                                            1. re: Gabatta

                                              The nice people at Ma France have a catalog they've checked when I've asked them if they can get something specific (no Patrick Roger chocolate in there, sigh). It's worth an ask. They have a Facebook page too at https://www.facebook.com/pages/MA-Fra...

                                              I don't know that you'd see any better prices from them, though.

                                            2. I found a little gem while wandering through the gourmet food section at TX Maxx/Marshalls that has become the current fave of the many in my fridge ("I put that s*** on everything"), especially for vinaigrettes lately: Beaufor Moutarde aux herbes de Provence.