Mustard. This small, humble seed is used in cuisines the world over, from the sharp spicy mustard served with dim sum to the rich, seedy variety applied to sandwiches. It's got pep and zest, comes in electric yellow and stoneground brown, and you might be surprised to learn that it's good for a whole lot more than sticking in your mouth.
Below, eight remarkable ways to use this incredibly flexible ingredient.
Mustard soothes sore throats and inflammation, and you can make a great gargle with a half cup of hot water and a tablespoon each of mustard, salt, lemon juice, and honey. It might not taste fantastic, but it will help your throat feel better! Those anti-inflammatory effects are also useful for sore muscles (make a mustard plaster applied directly to the site) and fresh burns (after rinsing with cool water, smear mustard on the site to slow swelling and blistering).
Mustard powder has some powerful cleaning chops. Sprinkle it on a greasy or dirty pan and use a damp sponge to make a paste you can use to lift the grease and grime. The mustard absorbs grease, while the powder acts as a scrubber to lift up crusted material on the surface of the pan.