Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Homemade Horseradish Straight from the Garden

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So... when your neighbor drops off something as ugly as this...


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most people's first thought would be, "We're going to need a much bigger fence..."

But after a brief explanation...I got right to peeling!

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Peel, chop, then throw into a food processor with distilled white vinegar and pulse until you reach a desired consistency...

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and you're left with a perfectly fresh homemade horseradish that's ready to be enjoyed atop crackers, added to a mayonnaise for the perfect accompaniment to a roast beef sandwich or mixed together with ketchup and lemon for a seafood cocktail sauce straight from the garden!

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Just beware...like chopping onions...horseradish can be extremely irritating to the eyes...so take caution and keep a step back...

My mom tells me my Great Grandparents made homemade Horseradish all of the time... and that... made me smile. :)

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24 comments:

Velva said...

Horseradish is definitely pungent but, oh my, when it is fresh, it is best. I had no idea it was that easy to make.
Awesome.

Velva

Erin said...

My grandma made it fresh all the time too. I have never had it as good as how she made it. It knocked my socks off! Thanks for the memory!

Bo said...

My eyes are tearing up...just thinking about it...but I know it's delicious!

Santosh Bangar said...

i never heard of this thing may be like radish it looks like that

Santosh Bangar said...

i never heard of this thing may be like radish it looks like that

Santosh Bangar said...

i never heard of this thing may be like radish it looks like that

Santosh Bangar said...

i never heard of this thing may be like radish it looks like that

StephenC said...

I absolutely love horseradish, although I have to get mine from a jar in the supermarket. I like the plain kind that has, I think, only vinegar in it.

Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

See now I wouldn't have ever thought to add vinegar! its reasons like this that I love your blog :) Fresh horseradish is potent, enjoy!! And the cocktail sauce sounds perfect on a hot day like today. YUM!

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

I processed a fresh horseradish thirty something years ago and I can still remember the pungent smell and my eyes burning like you know what.

Sounds like you know the right way to do it.
Sam

Amy J. and Tiffanie A. said...

I love horseradish. The smell is intoxicating to me! I know that is so weird since people cant stand it but I love it!

jackiebell said...

Ohhh, don't forget to add it to some ordinary spicy brown mustard for dipping pretzels! Delicious...

Jenn said...

Fresh homemade horseradish?? I think I'd like to be your other neighbor. They bring you the root, you make the horseradish, you bring it to me. I love that idea :)

Nuts about food said...

It is really nice that you followed an old family tradition without even knowing it.

Karen said...

I would love to try REAL fresh horseradish...I bet it's so much better than the prepared stuff.
Never seen the whole root like that...that is one crazy looking food!

Clint said...

You rock!

Care's Kitchen said...

Thanks for all your comments guys!

I know so many people hate working with horseradish, but this one wasn't bad at all. I just never stuck my nose/face into it and I was fine the entire time... It's amazingly fresh and delicious! :) Thanks again XO

Jennifer @ MotherThyme said...

My husband loves horseradish especially with roast beef which I make often. I look forward to making this sometime!

Shu Han said...

brilliant! i never knew it was so simple to make!

Tien said...

I was lucky enough to get a plant from a friend. I hope that it will grow to have a root as big as yours. -Tien

Magic of Spice said...

Excellent!!! That is one brave and tough job :) Really it's worth it though...I have only peeled one of these bad boys in my life and did not really find it too harsh :)
Great post!

Lea Ann said...

I used to have a horseradish plant at my old house and loved making it fresh!

Nicole said...

I love horseradish. I didn't realize it was so easy to make! I bet in your great Grandparent's time it was a bit more time consuming and required more elbow grease, but then again folks were tougher back then :)

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Fresh horseradish can be stored in distilled white vinegar.