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January 31, 2010 in condiments, vegan, vegetarian5 comments

how to make horseradish, plus a horseradish giveaway

half-pint jar of horseradish. mmm.

That funny looking thing that looked like a cross between a post-nuclear-holocaust carrot and an anime tentacle monster?

cleaned horseradish in pail

Horseradish. It grows in the front of my yard near the ditch, and in Mom and Dad’s in a little “patch” near the field. All I know is it grows on its own and it’s nearly impossible to kill.

horseradish plant

Photo credit: Ruslan V. Albitsky via Wiki Commons. Because someone dug up all the horseradish around here.

Every year before Christmas, Dad digs up the horseradish roots and makes the condiment we call horseradish. Not to be confused with the plant itself. Except for the whole sharing-a-name thing.

two clumps of horseradish

It starts out like this, a pile of gnarled, muddy roots.

muddy horseradish roots, just dug up

Dad puts them on the low screened table I use to cure onions.

the power washer

Then, hook up the power washer!

dad powerwashing horseradish

Go to town on the horseradish roots.

spike's not sure about this

Cats and other small animals may choose to avoid the spraying mist of ice cold water.

look ma, no mud!

Eventually the mud washes down the drain (you do have a power washer-equipped shop with a drain in the floor, right?).

cleaned horseradish

And you have clean horseradish roots, ready to make horseradish with.

win a jar of homemade horseradish

Dad’s horseradish, while simple to make (see recipe below), earns raves. He makes it every Christmas and gives it away as gifts. One year Uncle Rich spread horseradish on a sandwich and took a bite. Immediately his eyes began to water and his voice left him, and he croaked out, “That’s good horseradish.”

To win a jar of your own good horseradish, just leave a comment below describing what you like to put horseradish on or in. Deadline is Thursday, February 4 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Winner will be announced Friday. Be sure to leave an e-mail so I can contact you. Good luck!

In the meantime, if you can find some horseradish root, you could always make up some of your own while you wait.


    2 cups peeled and cubed horseradish root
    ¾ cup white vinegar
    ¼ teaspoon salt
    ½ teaspoon sugar

Add all ingredients to blender or food processor. Process until the mixture is of spreadable consistency. Spoon into half-pint jars and refrigerate.

Horseradish will keep, refrigerated, for several months.

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  1. Soma says:

    This is one of our favorite condiments. never thought of preparing this at home. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  2. Mandalynn says:

    He actually gifts it? Umm, hello, news to me! And I am freaking family! I will get mom to scam some from him.

  3. Robin Thibou says:

    Thank you for the information. Gave a plant to my sister and it got so big she can’t get rid of it. Oh, well. We love it. Thanks so much.

  4. Rich says:

    Might seem stange, off the spoon is pretty good. Same results, watering eyes no voice for a while, but, second spoon is still needed. If I had to go proper I’d use plain crackers so not to distract from the real flavor or the main dish.

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