Does anyone grow horseradish?

@peavey (16300)
United States
October 5, 2008 2:33am CST
If you do, when do you harvest it? Does it grow hotter or milder if you keep the root in the refrigerator for awhile before grating it? And one more question... what's your favorite way to prepare it? I think I like it mixed with mayonnaise best, but I'm sure there are ways that I haven't tried yet.
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@villageanne (8555)
• United States
6 Oct 08
It has been years since we raised horseradish and I cannot remember all the rules of raising it. Sorry to be of no help.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
5 Oct 08
My Mother used to grow it and prepare it. She would pull it up and wash the outside root, peel it with a potato peeler and run it through a grinder. We saw a special on a horseradish factory once, people wear gasmasks. Why? Burns the inner lining of your nose down through to your lungs, esp. at factory levels. So she always picked a windy day, opened every window in the house, wore plastic gloves over her hands,and a scarf over her nose and mouth to try to protect herself. She also tried to line up all her equipment and go as fast as humanly possible. After grinding, She would add a little vinegar and put it into the fridge. We mixed the tiniest bit of the just ground stuff into catsup(ketchup) and we had it on fish or any seafood that has been deep fried or fried. That's still our favorite way to have fresh cleaned shrimp. Most people know it as cocktail sauce and spend a lot more money for it than if they just bought or grew horseradish and added bought or homemade ketchup(catsup). Great topic Peavey! Brings back memories. I've tried to grow horseradish on my property, but we've had a few years in a row of really really wet soil and all my root crops, except the toughest onions and this year I did like 5 different plantings of garlic so a few of them finally took. Hard to grow root crops in a swamp Peavey, now jewel weed, and other weeds, no problem! Swamp weeds are my specialty.
@peavey (16300)
• United States
5 Oct 08
Thanks, writersedge! I have some in the backyard, but this is the first year I've decided to do something with it. I brought in a small root yesterday and tried to grate it, but it plugged up the hand grater I was using. I guess it needs to be done in a food mill. Just that little bit cleared my sinuses, though! I probably won't process very much, but I'll be careful with it. Is that all there is in cocktail sauce? All this time I've thought it was some secret recipe! I like it on roast beef and hotdogs, but if it was on hand, (as opposed to having to buy it) I'd probably eat more of it . I think that raised bed gardens drain better, have you thought about trying that?
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
5 Oct 08
Mom used an old-fashioned hand grinder. Grater, try a little oil (vegetable of some type)first on the grater. Also if you have one that is 4-sided, you might be able to find the ideal size. These new single graters never seem to have the size I need and you need so many of them. But probably a food mill would be better. I'm just trying to clear land and plant right now. Raised beds, by the time I got those in unless I did them in the fall, summer would be over unless we had a really, really early spring. Plus I need lumber or brick. I don't know, maybe in the future, but it is something to think about. Yes, ketchup and horse radish-that's all there is to cocktail sauce. Try it. Go light on the horse radish, you can always add more, but it's hard to take it out. The stuff at stores is way weaker than the stuff you make.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
5 Oct 08
Wouldn't I need a lot of soil for a raised bed, too? One project at a time, we'll see. Eating weeds is soundling like less work all the time. Just pick and dry or can or something. Take care and thanks.
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@Hatley (164757)
• Garden Grove, California
6 Oct 08
hi peavey we used to grow horseradish on the farm when I was a child back In S.D. mymom would peel it then cut it in chunks, put it in a grinder, and mix a little vinegar with the ground horseradish. I dont remember her ever having to wear a mask or anything. she just ground it and mixed vinegar with it. then refrigerated the same. we used it a lot on roast beef.
@peavey (16300)
• United States
7 Oct 08
Thanks, I'm going to try it with vinegar, too. I love it on roast beef!