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For a long time, making horseradish seemed like a mystery to me. I grew a small horseradish patch for eight years before I finally decided to figure out how to make that famously hot condiment out of the roots. When I finally did, it turned out to be like a lot of other "how to make" projects that I put off doing - It was easy.
If you grow horseradish you can make horseradish sauce too. Just be prepared to have your sinuses opened up during the process!!!
The first thing you have to do is dig some horseradish roots. It doesn't take much. The roots in these pictures made nearly a pint. With horseradish, a pint is a lot for personal use. Giving it away is another story - make more.I usually wash the soil off of the roots outdoors first, then bring them in the house for a final cleaning in the kitchen sink.
Cut the tops off leaving about 1/2 an inch of root attached. Set the tops aside, because you can replant them and nearly every one will re-grow new plants.
Using a potato peeler, peel the skin from the roots - just like you would peel a carrot.
At this point you will probably begin experiencing the effects of the roots! Make sue you have a handkerchief or tissues handy!
Cut the roots into pieces about 1 to 2 inches long. Very thick roots should be split lengthwise.
Place the roots in a blender or food processor.
Mix a 50%-50% blend of cider vinegar and water and pour enough into the blender to just cover the roots.
Blend on medium setting until all pieces have been chopped to a fine consistency.
Pour this mixture into a strainer and allow the excess liquid to drain off into a pan or bowl.
What's left in the strainer is your first batch of horseradish!
Transfer to a glass jar with a lid that seals well. A glass canning jar works very well.
If your horseradish seems TOO dry, stir back in a bit of the liquid that you strained off, until you're happy with the consistency.
I would have never imagined that making horseradish sauce was so easy. I spent several years growing the plants, but missing out on the flavor of home made horseradish with my dinner!
If you like cocktail sauce, mix ketchup and horseradish together.
Start with a 50/50 mix, have a taste, and add ketchup or horseradish to
the mix until you're happy. Using homemade ketchup makes it all the better!
I have read that people who eat
horseradish regularly, hardly ever get colds. I'm not sure if this is
true, but there's no harm in trying it out yourself to see!