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It lasts a lot longer then that, just looses a bit of heat. I only do the home grown horseradish and vinegar in small food processor. The big one doesn’t like to do a small amount.
Dug up today 6 Oct in little old England great recipe great flavor daughter great fan of horseradish really impressed many thanks.
Love horseradish. And fresh from the garden is the best. A mention of the spreading nature of the beast might be helpful. Love to see this year’s picture of your horseradish crop…my guess is that it is eclipsing your woodpile! Mine is happily taking over my herb bed….oops.
1. If possible wait to harvest until you have a hard freeze.
2. Do not soak the root for more than a hour when cleaning the root.
3. When peeling and cleaning the root make sure to get rid of all pieces which are discolored. Leave only white pieces, otherwise you will get a “woody” taste.
4. Advise to use hand and eye protection for the whole process, the act of peeling 4 lbs of just 4 lbs left my hands in pain.
5. Adding water while grinding will diminish the “heat.” If the root is especially dry that is a sign that it has been harvested for an extended time and the oils will have been evaporating and much less “heat.”
6. After grinding the root wait for 10 to 20 minutes before adding vinegar, this will make for a stronger flavor. Using sugar will give a milder taste, but it is not a required component for the recipe.
7. Refrigeration instead of canning is best. Air and horseradish will cause rust, use glass, crramic, or “dedicated” plastic containers.
Excellent recipe and very understandable.
My dad used to make this, he’d dig up the root across the road from our house and spend all day with his nose dripping, grating it up. He then bottle it up and add ordinary brown vinegar. It would last him a year, it was lovely and firery. Goes with any thing.
Turned out fantastic! I just harvested some horseradish roots because when I was cleaning up the plants, removing leaves the stalks were really juicy. Just as I thought the root was also much less woody than when I’ve harvested before and the prepared the root with this recipe. The vinegar balances the spiciness resulting in a nice balance. Now I just need to find a great roast.
When we lived on Long Island a restaurant served a horseradish that had been (roasted/dried) on top of steak. Anyone have an idea how to do this I tried it with a prepared horseradish and it did not work. Thank you
Penny, here is a good article with several methods of preserving horseradish. Good luck!
I make it every year and I just took a jar out of the fridge 2 days ago from last year It is fine after a year in a glass canning jar with a canning lid and ring but did not process Just screwed the lid down tight.Works for me every time
There was a restaurant in Seattle that served a shredded horseradish with a roast beef dinner.. the horseradish was not real hot and had a lot of flavor it was very fresh. It had the texture of finely shredded carrots . How could make this and the ability to tone down the heat ?
I tone down the heat by mixingthe horseradish with creme fraiche.
I have had that very same meal and rave about the horseradish. that was so awesome , I don’t know the name of the restaurant. But the Horseradish is imprinted on my brain.
Fascinating, my grandfather used to grow&make it ,but I forgot all about the rules till I read this thank you all for bringing me back some fond memories of a happy childhood waiting patiently at the back door whilst grandfather used a meat grinder outside in the garden,fresh horseradish he’d say gl”good for what aills you” so am also interested in the immune system comments above please share recipe
Your grandfather was a wise man. I always recommend doing this outside, but if not your eyes will water, and your nose will run profusely.
Can you buy horseradish root locally (Sacramento/Carmichael)?
Hi Sarah, I often find it at the Whole Foods at Arden and Eastern.
Thanks Elise! :)
Usually available at any supermarket like Albertsons
Harvesting horseradish should only be done in months that have an “r” in them. Interestingly, these are all the colder months in North America. I believe it’s due to not exposing the roots to heat that would potentially allow fungus to grow but you’d have to research that. I also process and freeze in ice cube trays and it works great.
I thought the rule was to only harvest during months with the letter “O”. For October and November.
It may depend on where you live. The only real difference is how cold it gets in September.
Thank you for this , I just dug my first horseradish on my homestead an hour ago and found your article . My plants are huge and wild behind my house and were planted by the original owner in the 1930’s !
My mother’s neighbor swears that horseradish is best if dug after Sept. 1st. I don’t know why but I got some this year from her and it was strong I got enough to can but can’t find a canning method for it .
I just made a fresh batch and had to run an extention cord outside for my food processor. For some reason this year its very stong. We love horseradish on everything plus whats a bloodymary with out horseradish.
My grandmother( died at age 95 in 1984) had a very long horseradish row along the edge of her garden. Her rule was….. Never harvest horseradish in months with an “R” in the name.
A quick comment about your Grandmother’s rule: “Never harvest horseradish in months with an R in the month.” I planted a bunch of roots this spring and the rule I was given was: “Harvest horseradish only in months that have the letter R in them.” That makes September through December, then February through April. Have you had anyone comment about your Grandmother’s rule? I just dug some today, 9/2/16 and gave it all to my son because he has been waiting for the first “R” month like I told him. I read this post after giving him the freshly dug horseradish today. Guess I can wait to hear back from him or someone that reads my comment to this post. I too have been patiently waiting for my horseradish to be “ready to dig and process.”
10-4. Not the first time I remembered something incorrectly
LOL, happens to me too!
Yep, I’ve been told the same thing. Only harvest horseradish in months with an R. BTW, January has an R in it too. So basically harvest Sept through April. Depending on where you live. You want to harvest when it’s relatively cool. Here in Sacramento September is still a hot month. Better to harvest here Nov through February.
I always heard months that end in R, not just with an R… Which is basically fall. I think also depends on where you live.
We have always dug it up in the fall after a good hard frost (makes it a bit hotter).
We have a very large bed of horseradish. If you want more next year, just put a small piece back in but really should have ‘feelers’ on it. We do this with roots that formed this year they are very thin and not useful for trying to use. We try to use only roots that are over two seasons old.
You can keep some of a root that you want to use in the fridge in paper for quite awhile and I also will stick a piece in the freezer.
It depends which hemisphere you live.
In the northern hemisphere, months containing an “r”, are going to be cooler, however, in the southern hemisphere, they are the warmer/hotter months. So we harvest our horseradish in May, June, July or August, all months without an “r”; late autumn and winter.
how do you get it keep more than a few weeks
Don’t prepare it until need it or plan on using it. The tubers ahould last a year in the fridge. Then you can plant extras or ones that don’t look so good for the new crop.
I freeze it in jars
Lasts forever in the freezer
Then good for a month or 2 when you thaw it and keep in refrig
I have never had fresh horseradish except from a restaurant. A friend of mine came to see me last year and gave me secret her father used, and it really work, with jarred horseradish from store to keep it fresh. Put lid back on after use and the upside down making sure the horseradish is up against the lid and it will not turn brown. Stays fresh.
So no one seems to be able to answer the direct question, or not that I have seen it anyway… Is it possible to pressure or hot-water can horseradish after it has been prepared so it can be stored? I do not wish to keep unused canned horseradish in the fridge or freezer. thanks!! -Brian
I would google that question.
Brian I just pinned a recipe for canning horseradish – do a search on pinterest. From what I have learned a lot of potency will be lost but you will still have the flavour, just not the same bite. When I was a kid (50 years ago) it was my job to help my grandfather dig & grind the horseradish every spring so after he passed I did it myself. We would do it with a hand-grinder & leave all the windows & doors open. We still had to take turns running outside to breathe & stop eyes & noses burning lol I haven’t done any for years but after buying a bottle of that insipid stuff from a grocery store I’ve decided to try grinding it myself again. I think I will try freezing the root but I have a large deep-freeze. I can only suggest that you process small batches each time & wait for a few minutes before you add vinegar so you will have the potency.
I put the prepared horseradish into ice cube trays, freeze then put cubes into ziplock bags in freezer. Thaws in seconds in microwave. Lasts ages.
Great idea. Thanks!
I made horseradish today, I can it (glass jar, ring and lid) my grandma did so as well! Just make a big batch and make sure your jars are filled to the top with a little airspace, hand tight your jars, put into a canner and fill canner with water to 2 inches above the top of the jar, and bring to a hard boil, time it for 15 minutes. Carefully remove jars and let them cool!! Lasts years!
Heat used to process horseradish killed all the spice heat in the stuff I processed
Thx for this great preparation idea! Now I´m curious to read what you actually do with your prepared horseraddish? I have several plants in my garden, but all I ever come up with, is making a dipp :D
Hi Marianne, I dollop it over steak. It’s the best!
Love it on hard boiled eggs, especially at Easter :-)