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Horseradish Cooking Tips

Cooking tips for the caring cook.

Horseradish Root

Don't forget the horseradish when you're cooking!

In one tablespoon of prepared horseradish, there is only 6 calories , 1.4 grams of carbohydrates, 14 milligrams of sodium, 44 milligrams of potassium, 9 milligrams of calcium, 5 milligrams of phosphorous and zero fat. Review the label of your favorite horseradish for its specific nutrition information. Following are many cooking tips to help you incorporate more horseradish into your cooking.

  • Horseradish is best used freshly grated and raw.
  • Scrub with a stiff brush and peel off the dark skin before using horseradish.
  • When roots are large, the core can be bitter. Remove and discard the core, along with any green spots.
  • The finer Horseradish is chopped or grated, the more pungent the flavor.
  • When grating horseradish, it is easiest to use a food processor. Cut the peeled root into cubes and pulse to the desired consistency. The fumes will be quite strong and can actually burn your nose and eyes. Be sure to open a window, remove the lid at arm's length, and turn your head away.
  • For homemade prepared horseradish, simply add white vinegar and salt to taste while processing. Store in a lidded glass jar in the refrigerator up to 6 weeks.
  • Fold 1 tablespoon fresh grated horseradish into stiffly whipped heavy cream and salt to taste for a classic horseradish sauce to accompany beef dishes.
  • Add 1 tablespoon fresh grated horseradish to 1 cup applesauce for a piquant condiment to pork dishes.
  • When serving horseradish, do not use silver. Horseradish will tarnish silver.
  • If you grow your horseradish, the young, tender green leaves are edible in salads and may also be cooked.
  • If you want to retain the spicy zing of horseradish in cooked dishes, add it at the end of the cooking process, after the dish has been removed from the heat.

Horseradish at its best:

  • Buy only the amount you will use in a reasonable time.
  • Keep in tightly covered jar in the refrigerator to protect freshness.
  • Serve the desired amount of horseradish in a glass or ceramic bowl (it tarnishes silver), returning the tightly closed jar to the refrigerator immediately. Horseradish that remains unrefrigerated gradually loses flavor.

Healthy horseradish snack idea

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