How to prepare horseradish

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How to prepare horseradish
Freshly grown horseradish can be used to make grated horseradish, horseradish sauce or horseradish oil. (Horseradish image by Billy from Fotolia.com)

Horseradish is a popular flavouring used to dress up beef, make cocktail sauces and add a spicy bite to appetizers. There are several ways to prepare the horseradish root. The most common ways are grated horseradish, horseradish sauce and horseradish oil. Horseradish sauce is most often made with sour cream and mayonnaise. When making horseradish from the fresh root, timing is important because when you add a preserving liquid will determine how hot your final product is.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Horseradish root
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Paring knife
  • Blender
  • Vinegar
  • Salt
  • 3 tbsp of grated horseradish
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp.Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp chopped chives
  • Food processor
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Jar with lid
  • Strainer
  • Cheesecloth

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Wear rubber gloves when working with horseradish root. This will protect your skin from the chemicals in the root. You are less likely to get skin irritations if you wear gloves.

    How to prepare horseradish
    Wearing gloves will keep your skin from getting irritated when you work with horseradish. (cleaning and sanitation products studio isolated image by dinostock from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

    Peel the horseradish root. Use a vegetable peeler or a sharp paring knife. Remove the skin so that the fleshy root below is exposed.

    How to prepare horseradish
    Standard vegetable peelers can be used when peeling the skin off of horseradish roots. (vegetable peeler image by leafy from Fotolia.com)
  3. 3

    Chop the horseradish root. Using a paring knife, cut the root into smaller pieces that will be easy to grind. Remove any knobs.

    How to prepare horseradish
    A paring knife will help you cube the horseradish root into manageable pieces. (knife image by apeschi from Fotolia.com)
  4. 4

    Grind the root in a blender. Add ice cubes or water to help the blade turn smoothly. Grind until shredded.

    How to prepare horseradish
    The blender will grind the root to the correct consistency. (blender image by Nikolay Okhitin from Fotolia.com)
  5. 5

    Add the vinegar and salt -- this helps lock in the flavour -- to the blender and mix. If you want mild horseradish, add immediately after grating. If you want a hotter horseradish, wait a few minutes for the pungency to reach its height.

    How to prepare horseradish
    Vinegar and salt will create a chemical reaction that will stop the root from losing its pungency. (Gewürze image by Yvonne Bogdanski from Fotolia.com)
  6. 6

    Store the horseradish. Put the grated horseradish into an airtight container. Store in either the refrigerator or freezer.

  1. 1

    Gather the following ingredients: 3 tbsp of grated horseradish, 1/4 cup sour cream, 1 tsp. Dijon mustard, 1 tbsp mayonnaise and 1 tsp chopped chives.

  2. 2

    Mix the ingredients in a small bowl. Make sure it is well-blended.

  3. 3

    Store the horseradish sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

    How to prepare horseradish
    Horseradish sauce is served with beef, pork or fish. (Corned beef tongue with horseradish sauce on white plate image by Elzbieta Sekowska from Fotolia.com)
  1. 1

    Peel the horseradish root. Use a vegetable peeler or a sharp paring knife. Remove the skin so that the fleshy root below is exposed.

    How to prepare horseradish
    Use a vegetable peeler to remove the skin from the horseradish root. (white peeler image by timur1970 from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

    Chop the horseradish root. Using a paring knife, cut the root into smaller pieces that will be easy to grind. Remove any knobs.

  3. 3

    Feed the horseradish root into a food processor. Process it until it has been evenly ground. Add the vegetable oil, olive oil, lemon juice and salt. Continue to run the food processor until everything has combined.

    How to prepare horseradish
    A food processor will finely shred the horseradish and combine the oils. (Food processor on a kitchen work surface image by Jeff Dalton from Fotolia.com)
  4. 4

    Pour the contents of the food processor into a jar and close the lid tightly. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours.

  5. 5

    Dampen the cheesecloth and use it to line a strainer. Place the strainer over a bowl and pour the oil into the strainer. Put the bowl and strainer in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours. Put the strained oil into a container, and tightly cover the oil for up to 2 weeks. Bring to room temperature before using.

Tips and warnings

  • Horseradish root can irritate the skin and eyes. Make sure the room is well-ventilated when you are working with it, and always wear gloves.

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