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"Since 1904, FRENCH'S Classic Yellow Mustard has been an American classic." There is nothing better on a proper American hotdog than a generous helping of this lovely yellow mustard. French's mustard is always my first choice for a lovely mustardy taste and obviously as it's been going since 1904 it's a favourite for many others too.
Being half American I love pretty much all American food and one of my favourite foods are hotdogs. At every barbecue, picnic, sporting event it would not be a hotdog without this mustard from French's.
According to an article I read, "As the story goes, French's Cream Salad Mustard debuted at the St. Louis World's Fair, where more than twenty million people--about a quarter of the population at the time--discovered French's natural flavor. And when paired with the hot dog--another American classic that came out of the World's Fair--French's mustard became an instant success!"
This mustard is very different to English mustard though and I find it quite funny to watch an American when they first try English mustard. As we all know, English mustard is very strong and you only need a very small amount to get a good kick of flavour. However, French's American mustard is quite mild and you can apply a big portion of it to your food without it blowing your head off. American people don't often understand that and when I see then slather English mustard over a dish it's interesting to watch their faces when they actually taste it.
So yes, this French's mustard is mild but that doesn't mean it still doesn't have a lovely strong, mustardy flavour. The mustard itself is quite creamy and has a very bright yellow colour to it. It's lovely and creamy tasting as well as being lovely and tangy. What's great about this mustard is that it is 100% natural as well as it is made of mustards Seeds with nothing artificial. There are also no calories, fat or gluten in it so it's almost a guilt free topping to your burgers and hot dogs.
Thankfully, this mustard is for sale in England and you can find it in the foreign foods section in big supermarkets for a couple of pounds. A great way to bring a little bit of American sauce to your life!
Whatever your politics or personal views, you've got to admit that our friends in America give us many great things - from cars to fizzy drinks and TV shows- and French's yellow mustard is no exception to this fine tradition. There are many reasons why I love it, as I will now attempt to explain...
The French's bottle stands out on the shelves in a pleasing shade of sunshine yellow, matching the colour of its delicious contents. Its ergonomic and curvaceous shape fits easily into your hand, allowing for a satisfying squeeze. The nozzle on top is well-designed and always proffers a nice dollop of the yellow stuff when squeezed.
French's has a really distinctive taste, which is bold and flavoursome without being spicy - it's a great alternative for those who find English mustard a little too fierce. It works well on many things, including sides like chips and salad, but it really proves its worth when squeezed onto meat. French's is great on BBQ favourites like burgers and sausages, I've also found that it's really tasty with other meats, such as pork and roast or fried chicken.
The mustard keeps really well - I store mine in the fridge and it lasts for weeks. The bottle doesn't state how long you should keep it once opened, but it seems to stay nice and fresh for a really long time.
One word of warning - ALWAYS shake the bottle well before using. If you don't, you may well find your food gets covered in a watery mustardy residue instead of lovely mustard, as the bulk of the product seems to settle at the bottom of the jar when stored.
I follow a low-carb eating plan and one of the best things about French's is that it's one of the lowest-carb mustards I've come across at only 1% net carbs. This is extremely low and is far better than other varieties like English or wholegrain, and also when compared to own-brand American mustards.
French's tends to retail at a slightly higher price than own-brand versions of yellow American mustard, but it's worth every penny. It's full in flavour but mild enough for all tastes, and is a welcome, versatile addition to a variety of meats, sides and savoury dishes.
We bought this mustard from Asda in a 397g squeezy bottle which seems to be the standard size, when it was on offer for £1 - it is usually £1.79. We have it with loads of our meals and absolutely love it. I first tried this type of mild American style mustard on hotdogs at Ikea and soon decided that this is the only sauce to have on a hotdog.
It has the tangy flavour of mustard but is much creamier than English mustard, making it an accessible option for anyone looking for an alternative relish with a slightly spicy flavour. It allows you the taste of mustard without being overpowering.
The bottle suggests serving the mustard with hotdogs, burgers, ribs and steaks as well as salads, sandwiches and bagels. My partner also has it with pork chops and sausages, and it's great for dipping chips in as an alternative to ketchup or mayo. We started buying this mustard to take on camping trips - it's become a ritual that we have hot dogs (mine are veggie) with French's mustard on the first night of every camping weekend. It's a great size bottle to take away and it keeps really well in a cool box to take back home with us - it does need to be refrigerated after opening, although we didn't realise this with our first couple of bottles and left them in the cupboard. They seemed to keep perfectly fine, though now I know they need to be refrigerated, I do stick to this.
It is free from any artificial colours and preservatives, yet the colour is a rich shade of yellow as you'd expect from mustard. The texture is nice and thick and creamy and the mustard squeezes out of the bottle in a nice steady stream - without squirting out too fast!
It has 73 kcal/100g, which is less than tomato ketchup or mayonnaise so is a more healthy option too.
Through most of my life, I have never been a fan of mustard, I just never liked it and never bothered to eat it. I recently went to a meal out at a local Frankie and Bennys and my partner had some French's Classic Yellow American Mustard on his food. I caught a whiff of it, and it actually smelt quite nice, so I decided to try a dab by stealing one of his french fries that he covered with this mustard.
I was surprised to find that I actually really liked it, and I immediatley put some of the mustard on my plate so I could dip my own food in it. I really liked the taste of this mustard, and I wondered why I had been so against mustard all these years! I now have a permanent bottle of this in my fridge, and I always make sure I am not low on it! I put it on almost anything I eat!!
The mustard comes in a plastic bottle, which has a pop off cap so you can squeeze some out through the spout after tipping the bottle upside down. The bottles come in a few different sizes, but most supermarkets only stock the one size, which is quite a decent size and usually lasts me and my partner about a month, which is pretty good seeing as we put it on almost every dinner we have!!
Once you have opened the mustard for the first use, you must store it in the fridge. This helps to keep the mustard fresh and it means it will have a longer shelf life. When you first use it, you will need to peel the plastic and foil seal off the top of the bottle underneath the spout. This comes off nice and easily, so no need to worry about opening it.
THe mustard inside the bottle is a lovely yellow colour, and it is a good consitency for a mustard. It is not so thick that it is gloopy, but there is no wateriness either. It is easy to get a decent amount of this mustard on your food either by dipping or spreading. I love the taste of this mustard, there is not a lot of spicy taste to this mustard, and it has a nice fresh and light taste.
This almost reminds me of the mustard that is inside the burgers at McDonalds, but not quite the same. I really do love this mustard, and I think that anyone who likes mustard will like it too. Even those who do not like mustard may well like this, heck, I do not like other mustards, but this one gets my approval.
I normally buy this mustard in Tesco for £1.29 for a bottle. This is quite a bit bottle, and like I said earlier, it lasts me and my partner around a month, so it is great value for the price. You can also buy this in most other supermarkets like Morrisons and Asda, although I do not know how much it would cost in these supermarkets.
If you do not wish to buy a whole bottle just to try this mustard, have a taste next time you are in a resturant that has it, as this is what I did, and I was amazed by it.
I give this mustard a 5 out of 5 stars and I totally recommend it 100%.
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I no longer eat meat but even in my carnivorous days, I was never a fan of Macdonalds, although I always really enjoyed the relish which was dolloped on top of a Big Mac and gently oozed out of the bun. When the conversation at work turned recently to Macdonalds (we have some very odd conversations), I mentioned how I missed the relish and one of my colleagues brought in a book the following day called 'The Takeaway Secret' which not only included a recipe for making a very close approximation of a Big Mac, it also had a recipe for the relish. Whoopee!! I couldn't wait to get home and serve it up on a Quorn Burger.
Unfortunately, when I got home and looked properly at the recipe, one of the ingredients was missing from my cupboards and it was the one which the author of the book explained was absolutely vital in achieving that authentic Macdonalds relish flavour: French's Classic American Yellow Mustard. I admit, I'd never heard of the stuff before but set about tracking it down.
The search wasn't anywhere near as difficult as I'd anticipated and I found the French's sitting happily on the shelf at Sainsburys alongside the Colman's English, Whole Grain, Dijon and German mustards and clutching my prize, I headed home.
About the manufacturer:
French's Mustard made its debut in 1904 under the name of French's Cream Salad Mustard and was first sold at the St Louis Trade Fair and as it went so well with the Hot Dog, also introduced at the Trade Fair, French's success was virtually guaranteed. At that time the company was owned by Francis and George French, sons of the original owner, and they continued to own and run the company until they sold out in 1926 to no other than J & J Colman, the UK's own mustard magnates, although through various mergers, the company now trades under the name of Reckitt Benckiser.
Being American mustard, this inevitably comes in a squeezy plastic bottle and just in case anybody wasn't sure of the contents, the bottle is bright mustard yellow. French's name is emblazoned upon an equally bright red flag and underneath the words "since 1904". It seems that even a century ago, the American's decided they didn't like proper mustard, ie English, and needed to rebrand it as their own.
The bottle has a conical flip top lid, which looks slightly like a Mexican hat and the bottle has been given a waistline which makes it a great shape for holding, though it's necessary to change your hold before squeezing.
Price and availability:
This product normally retails at £1.79 for a 379g bottle but is currently on offer at £1 in Sainsburys.
Ingredients and nutritional values:
Well, the label promises this mustard is free from artificial colours and preservatives and in fact, all the ingredients are natural. They are spirit vinegar, water, mustard seed, salt, turmeric, paprika, spice, flavouring and garlic powder. All that translates into quite a healthy little condiment at only 73 calories per 100 grams, which would be a heck of a lot of mustard to eat in one go! The mustard is also pretty low fat, low carb and low sodium, too.
The all important taste test:
As beefburgers and hot dogs are off my menu these days, for my first time I tried it with a Quorn burger and made into the special "Macdonalds" recipe. However, I've since enjoyed this mustard in its virgin state and have to say American mustard is just about as different from its English equivalent as it's possible to get. Whereas the English version nearly blows your head off if you have too much in one mouthful, whereas the American just has a gentle yet sharp and slightly vinegary tang to it and it's very mild. I can certainly understand why it was such an instant hit at the St Louis Trade Fair because it really would be the ideal accompaniment to a hot dog. It would also be a great way to introduce children to mustard as I'm sure it would be much more appealing to their less mature taste buds.
The down side:
It's only a little down side and there is a mention about this on the bottle, advising that it should be shaken before use but, be warned, if you don't shake first you end up with a rather unappealing squirt of yellowish watery liquid adorning your burger or hot dog. Not nice!
This is a deliciously tangy mustard without the 'bite' of English mustard, and is ideally suited to American fast food but also versatile enough to go with lots of other dishes too. It's great added to stir fries or mayonnaise to give an added kick and I've also added it to soup before now to give it an extra zing. I'm probably preaching to the converted as I daresay many of you have already discovered this tasty condiment but if not, I highly recommend it as a great addition to your store cupboard.
I don't like proper mustard because its too hot for me but this one from French's is a nice mild one and goes wicked on a burger with some ketchup or mayo.
Its hard to say what it tastes like but it's a proper mild mustard that has got a bit of a kick but is smooth and proper tasty.
It's a thick mustard and you squeeze it out of the bottle through the pointy nozzle at the top. This is a bit of a bad design because the nozzle gets clogged sometimes and that's bad for your health because the mustard goes all crusty on the top of the nozzle.
I think the mustard has got a bit of a sweet taste and you wouldn't think this goes good with burgers but it goes just right. It isn't hot at all and is a bit salty so that's probably why it goes so good with the meat.
I sometimes put a bit on pork chops as well because I think it makes the pork more interesting because pork is proper boring on its own but usually we just use it when we're having a bbq. Its ok on hotdogs as well but I prefer just red sauce on my hot dogs and a few onions if I'm in the mood for them.
The mustard costs about £1.39 and its worth buying a bottle even if you don't like proper mustard because it's not hot at all and is proper tasty.
French's Classic Yellow American Mustard or "the squeezy mustard" as it's known in my household, is not amazing mustard. It will not complete the perfect sunday roast or be the best thing on sandwiches but it will do what it was meant to do. French's will squeeze out in a nice line down a hotdog or get you just the right amount of mustard on a burger. For this, it's perfect.
The mustard has a sharper flavour than your usual english mustard but is =nothing like as hot. This means it is perfect when you want to give something a mustardy taste in slightly larger quantities or if you just want a cooler baguette. The squeezy tub has a nice little hole at the top so you don't too much and get less congealed mustard around the top. French's also has that wonderful unique taste when mixed with ketchup on a hotdog. This is worth the price alone.
Hubby did the shopping this week so I was a little disappointed when he came back with wafer-thin 'plasticy' ham rather than the real thing.
However, rather than say anything, I decided that I would use some in a sandwich & searched my shelves to find something that would add a bit more flavour/ excitement.
I remembered I'd bought some Young's Classic American Mustard & made a really nice tasty buttie which I've just finished.
Apparently this make is an American family favourite & has been since it's introduction at the St Louis World's Fair in 1904.
I do love English mustard but sometimes I go for the more mild American as it's great with many dishes such as burgers, hot dogs, ribs, steaks & bagels.
The Youngs won cost me £1.70 for 397g from Tesco & it comes in a handy plastic squeezy container which is easy to use as you can gauge the correct amount.
It has a top which unscrews but doesn't come off so you can just twist to pour & twist back to close (as shown in photo).
However, I'd suggest always wiping any mustard away before closing as the top has been known to clog up & it's a devil to unclog!
The colour is a lovely yellow mustardy one & the consistency, for me, is perfect because it's not too thick or thin.
It's a very tasty condiment as well - mild but still with that American mustard taste which helps 'lift' the taste of an otherwise bland meal.
It doesn't go clumpy & the bottle lasts a long time as it's quite economical to use as it dispenses just the amount you need.
- great tasting American mustard.
- good price as it lasts a fair while.
- livens up tasteless/ bland foods.
- mild but has nice flavour.
- a change from ketchups/ brown sauces.
Nothing makes a sandwich, hot dog, or a burger more than its toppings. I am a big fan of having the right condiments to go with each creation.This is one of the delights in my refrigerator's arsenal towards striving for the perfect balance of flavours for maximum yumminess. You might be forgiven for thinking mustard is mustard, but I won't. Each type of preapred mustard has its own signature aroma and taste, lending a different taste experience.
Take your English mustard. English mustard is firey and smoothly pungent. Add some of this to your sarnie and you won't need rocket to add bite!French mustard on the other hand, varies by region. It can be Poupon style, for instance, which is smooth, pale and fiery, but with a vinegary tang to it. Then you have the brown French mustards, such as the Dijon, which is darker, and sweet yet vinegary. German mustard tends to be milder, sweeter, and with subtle hints of various spices added. American mustard is a completely different animal.
It's smooth, bright yellow, and tart, but not bitterly so. It
has just enough vinegar to add a small tang, and just enough sugar to take away the bitterness. It's mild, and unlike its European cousins, is more of a condiment for sandwiches and on top of burgers and hot dogs than an accompanient or ingredient in good quailty cooked meat dishes. It's made to enhance the other flavours with subtlety, rather than make a bold statement, and this makes it important to buy a quality mustard that knows how to strike that perfect balance.
This is one such mustard. French's have produced a fine example of an American mustard. Indeed, French's is THE gold standard in America when talking American mustard. Mixed with a bit of mayo and slathered onto bread with a slice of ham and some cheese, it brings out the flavour of the cold cut while accenting the cheese so that the flavours marry together for a delightful experience. Added to a hot dog with ketchup and a sweet hamburger relish, you get a taste that screams in harmony for you to wash it down and grab another. It's very smoothness is what takes these seperate condiments, and creates a single taste experience that one associates with the ultimate hot dog experience.
French's mustard comes in a squeezy bottle. The top unscrews partially without coming all the way off, so that when you tip the bottle upside down and give it a gentle squeeze, a line of mustard comes out of the bottle without fuss, and when done, you simple twizzle it closed. No jars, no knives, no mislaid lids. This of course makes it not only desirable tastewise at your BBQ, but very convenient too. The bottles used to be round and rather barrel shaped, but now have an ergonomic look to them. Be very careful! This makes them VERY easy to oversqueeze, and too much will come squirting out. I also recommend rinsing the nozzle on the cap before putting it away to minimise risk of some drying in the tiny aperture, making it difficult to get anything at all out. Think bottle of white PVA glue and you will get the picture of what I mean.
69 percent of American households purchase French's Classic Yellow Mustard in any given year.