This article is mainly as a result of the success we have seen for encouraging you guys to grow your own horseradish, so now what to do with it all?
Fresh horseradish is for more than just a condiment as a sauce. Perfect in stews, with roast vegetables, as a dressing for coleslaw, mixed in with mash or grated over soups.
With so many options to using your fresh horseradish let’s look at recipes and health benefits.
How To Use Fresh Horseradish
Once you have harvested and washed your horseradish root you are ready to prepare it for your given recipe.
Cut your outer peel from the horseradish root. It is brown and will need to be sliced off with a sharp knife. Use a grater to shred the fresh horseradish, use it almost immediately as it will turn brown and slimy with a bitter taste after around an hour.
Used to make sauces, mayonnaise, fresh with roast beef or in dumplings. Fresh horseradish has a range of uses.
How To Store Fresh Horseradish
If you have harvested more than you can use immediately then you will need to know how to store horseradish.
- Store fresh horseradish root in the refrigerator, as you would do other root vegetables. The longer you store the root the less heat you will find. 2 weeks is a good length of time to still retain the flavor. Do not prepare your root at all as once you have grated it, it will dry out and be harder to work with.
- It is easy to freeze prepared fresh horseradish. Peel and grate the root and then add to ice cube trays. Add a little water and freeze. Then pop the horseradish ice cubes into a larger zip lock bag. Fresh horseradish will lose a little of it’s heat, but still be more powerful than store bought.
- It is possible to dry fresh horseradish then use in meat rubs or on salads with lemon zest for a real fresh punch of heat! Peel the horseradish root, grate and place on to a tray in your dehydrator. Low and slow is the key. Set the timer for 3 hours and check to see if the horseradish snaps when you try to bend it.
- A zingy and ultimately simple way to preserve fresh horseradish is by fermenting. I love the acidic flavor with the strength of horseradish and you will find that a little goes a long way! This recipe will allow you to store your fermented horseradish for 6 months in the refrigerator.
Health Benefits of Horseradish
Horseradish is rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium, folates, Vitamin C and zinc. However it is important to remember that you will not be eating horseradish in vast quantities.
Horseradish is often used as a supplement and used for Urinary tract infections, coughs, bronchitis, fluid retention, achy joints (rheumatism), sciatic nerve pain, goat, colic, kidney stones, gallbladder disorders, and intestinal worms in children.
Recipes & Uses For Horseradish
- This Horseradish Sauce Recipe is perfect for a method of storage in your home as it uses sour cream and apple cider vinegar. Meaning you can make it up and store in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Perfect with sushi instead of wasabi, in steak sandwiches and as a condiment to steaks and roast beef.
- Beef stew works very well with the intensity of fresh horseradish. Mary Berry has a fantastic beef stew recipe with celeriac, ginger and horseradish. The celeriac provides an anise flavor and the striking heat of horseradish and ginger help elevate the beef.
- Carrot and Swede Mash with horseradish and crème fraiche is a great option for low carb mash. It is both sweet and hot and really works very well with a rich gravy poured over roast beef.
- Roasted Root Vegetables With Horseradish. This recipe makes so much sense as this is all fresh, seasonal food that you can grow in your own garden. You will find that the harvest times all coincide with one another and will go very well with beef or a lighter fish dish.
- Horseradish Coleslaw. What I love about this recipe is how easy it is to transform your usual slaw by the addition of a horseradish dressing. There is a rea l nod to the fact that fresh horseradish you grow will be much more potent in flavor that store bought. Changing the ingredients from 1 tablespoon of fresh for 2 of store bought.
- Beetroot and Horseradish Sauce is a real dinner party spectacular. The vibrant color and richness of flavor adds a zing to any rib eye steak or beef dish. Also the root vegetable element of it works very well as you will harvest the main ingredients at the same time.
- Horseradish Vodka Bloody Mary is a very grown up cocktail. You can make the horseradish vodka in advance and use for a variety of cocktails that require a very lively kick.
- Horseradish Hash Browns are a great brunch food. This recipe is not vegetarian but you can omit the bacon and add a pinch of salt to make up for it.
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