On Growing Horseradish
Three years ago, my gardening friend and neighbor handed me a little brown bag. Inside that bag were two shriveled up horseradish roots. Not much to look at.
I had never grown horseradish before. Caryn assured me it was easy. Her only advise: grow it in a pot unless you want it to spread.
So I did.
In early spring, in a large pot filled with Miracle Grow potting soil, I placed the two 4" and 5" roots. The pot was placed in a area that received morning and early afternoon sun. I kept the soil moist. When the leaves started to die back, I dug out the roots. And THAT, is how you grow horseradish!
Gardening does not get any easier!
Be sure to save a couple of the smaller roots for planting next season. Remove the leaves and dirt. Store the roots in a brown paper bag in a cool, dry area.
Preparing the horseradish: Scrub and peel the outer root layer. Grate finely using a grater. Fresh horseradish is pungent so be prepared to tear up. Mix the grated root with white vinegar and a pinch of salt. For every 3 tablespoons of root, add 1 tablespoon of vinegar. Put mixture in a clean, sterile jar and store it in the refrigerator. I love horseradish on bratwurst. You can also add horseradish to mash potatoes. When added to mayonnaise, it makes a snappy condiment for roast beef sandwiches.
Posted by Noll's Nip at 29.8.10