Horseradish, scientific term Armoracia rusticana, is a plant of the Brassicaceae family. It is related to plants like mustard, broccoli and cabbage. Its root is usually shaped like a carrot and can grow up to 12 inches long.
In culinary language, horseradish is the term for the grated root of the horseradish mixed with vinegar. It is usually used as a sauce for roasts and as a condiment together with mustard and ketchup for chicken, seafood and beef.
Horseradish has become popular all over the world because of its strong, hot flavor. It is said that it's a lot hotter than Japanese wasabi. It looks harmless at first but by the time you peel it and grate it, it releases enzymes, which can irritate the eyes and nose. So be careful in preparing your homemade horseradish. It is advisable to wear gloves and avoid contact with eyes or even inhale the fumes that come out from it.
People usually just buy horseradish straight from the market in jars. Making your own fresh horseradish will change your mind about buying it directly from a store since bottled horseradish can sometimes taste different.
Harvesting it from your garden in late autumn can maximize its potential. After cutting the horseradish make sure that you prepare it immediately since exposure to air will discolor it quickly and it will lose its flavor. Don't cook horseradish too long as it will reduce its hotness. Just make sure to consume it soon because prolonged storage can cause it to become dry and develop an off flavor.
Just buy a couple of horseradish - enough for your use for a couple of weeks to make the most out of its flavor and hotness.
Selecting the right horseradish is also a fundamental part of preparing your own homemade horseradish. The root should not be limp or wrinkled. Try squeezing the root and you should see to it that it's firm, fresh, and with no spots.
It is very simple to prepare your own horseradish. You just need a couple of ingredients and tools to make it and it will only take around 5-8 minutes of your time.
Now to begin preparing your very own hot horseradish, prepare these few ingredients and tools.
Lemon Blender or Food processor
Salt and pepper
Steps in preparing and in making your own horseradish
Cut at least 2 inches off the end of the horseradish.
Peel the horseradish skin off.
Cut it into smaller pieces to fit your blender or food processor.
Place the pieces in the blender or food processor to cut it into even smaller pieces.
Add all the remaining ingredients in the blender (vinegar, oil, lemon, salt and pepper).
Blend it again. It should look a bit creamy and if you want it creamier just add more oil and vinegar.
Place in covered container and refrigerate for later use.
Serve and enjoy.
For added information, horseradish contains an average of 79.31 mg of Vitamin C per 100g. So you'renot only enjoying your horseradish but it's also helping you prevent or treat the common cold!