Originally Posted by letscook
Sorry if this is in the wrong spot didn't know where to post it
My Dad always grew his horseradish and grated it in a food processor.
You could always tell he was making it or just made it by how quick your sinus cleared when walking into the house. He generally did it outside.
Now I am in the need of more and he past 2 weeks ago after 87 years of a great life. He was always planting and growing all sorts of items.
I have a horseradish root that I purchased at the grocery store
I know he put some vinegar in it but Cider or white vinegar ? I don't know
also I think he added a little water.
Anyone make that their own could give me a clue
Talk about coincidence! Just before I logged on I was looking fro a recipe in "The Complete" Farmhouse Kitchen" (publ 1984) and I came across this
"Long Keeping Horseradish Sauce
This will keep 12 months or more
For the syrup
300ml (10 fl ounces) white vinegar
225g (8oz)white sugar and a little salt
1. Dig horseradish root in mid-summer
2. Wash well and peel under water (to avoid severe eye-watering)
3. Cut the root up roughly and put through finest cutters of mincer
4. In the meantime make syrup by dissolving sugar and salt in vinegar over a low heat. Allow to go cold
5. Use a wide necked jar with a vinegar-proof lid. Hack in a little horseradish then a little syrup and fill the jar in this manner. Make sure it is tightly packed and no air spaces are left.
To a tablespoon of horseradish add same quantity of thick cream and extra vinegar to taste.
Use with roast beef or beef dishes. Also very good with cold ham."
You may need more or less syrup, depending on the amount of horseradish you have but keep to these proportions.
Be careful with the white vinegar that you don't get the stuff they use for cleaning as it isn't suitable for food use. Cider vinegar would be ideal but make sure it is minimum 5% acidity (6% is better if you can find it).
Please note a "mincer" in the UK is what you call a "grinder" - ie what you use for grinding meat for hamburgers, etc. Personally I think you'd be better going with the food processor as you said your Dad used. In any case wear goggles or at least spectacles while doing it because horseradish is lethal
I hope this helps.
(BTW If you are thinking of planting your own - horseradish can take over your garden and colonise the neighbourhood if you aren't careful so plant it where it can't spread! My mother had hers confined to a big bucket and the bucket sunk into the ground and it STILL escaped!)