Fermented Horseradish | Horseradish Recipe

An easy fermented horseradish root recipe consists of fresh horseradish root, salt, water, and a little patience. Lacto-fermented horseradish is the base ingredient for many amazing recipes. Including a creamy homemade horseradish recipe.

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Nothing Beats Fresh Horseradish Root

Nothing, absolutely nothing, beats the ability to grow, harvest, and prepare horseradish root. The flavor found in a homemade horseradish sauce cannot be beat. And the process for making it quite simple.

Serving homemade horseradish sauce is popular during the time of Passover. However, the great flavor has now reached beyond this sacred time. The creamy sauce is a condiment and often served with prime rib or other red meat options. The tangy spice of the fermented root elevates the flavor of the red meat.

Growing and Harvesting

The horseradish plant is an invasive weed, and growing horseradish does not take much skill. In truth, it will grow anywhere. Even in the shade. This perennial plant requires no special care, and will thrive in the corner of the garden or under a tree.

Much like harvesting dandelion root, horseradish root is harvested in the Fall. It is best to harvest the root in the plant’s 3rd year. This allows time for the root to mature. A mature, larger root is much easier to work with than smaller ones.

To harvest, simply move away the soil and gently pulling at the root until it is free. Also, any remaining root fragments left behind will produce a new plant.

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Cooking with Lacto-Fermented Horseradish

Homemade horseradish sauce and red meat partner extremely well together. Much like how Lucy and Ricky, or Lavern and Shirley did. Anyway, what I’m trying to say is this, add lacto-fermented horseradish to anything, and everything, your heart desires.

Fermented Horseradish Root Recipe – Ingredients

Not growing horseradish? That’s okay! Many local markets sell the root. Select roots which are in fresh, firm, and not bruised. Prior to being chopped, the root will not have a strong, potent smell.

  • 8 ounces Fresh Horseradish Root, peeled and chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp Fine Sea Salt
  • 2 tbsp water

Fermented Horseradish Root Recipe – Equipment
  • Food Processor
  • Vegetable Peeler
  • Mason Jar, quart size
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Silicone Spatula
Fermented Horseradish Root Recipe – Instructions

Be warned, once the horseradish root is chopped will burn the eyes and nose.

  1. Begin by washing the freshly harvested horseradish root.
  2. Remove the exterior skin of the root with the help of a vegetable peeler. Next, cut the root into 1-inch pieces, and add to the food processor.
  3. Add the sea salt, and pulse for 2 minutes.
  4. Using the silicone spatula scrape the sides of the food processor. Add the water and continue to pulse until the desired texture is achieved.
  5. Place the chopped horseradish root into a clean mason. Fill the jar with spring water leaving a 1/2-inch headspace.
  6. Cover the jar with the lid and ring. Allow to horseradish to ferment for at least 3 days, or up to 1 week.
  7. Once the fermenting process is complete, store the jars in the refrigerator.

Creamy Homemade Horseradish Recipe – Ingredients

Fermenting the horseradish root is the first step. The next step is to create a rich and creamy sauce.

  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream
  • 2 tbsp Fermented Horseradish Root, more if a spicier homemade horseradish sauce is desired
  • 1/4 tsp Lemon Juice, freshly squeezed or bottle
  • 2 tsp Chives, finely chopped

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Creamy Homemade Horse Radish Recipe – Equipment
  • Serving Bowl with Lid, or a 1/2-pint wide mouth Mason jar
Creamy Homemade Horseradish Recipe – Instructions 
  1. In a bowl, mix fermented horseradish root, sour cream, lemon juice, and chives.
  2. Once mixed add the lid to the bowl, and allow the sauce to rest refrigerated for 2 hours prior to serving.

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Fermented Horseradish Root with Creamy Homemade Horseradish Recipe

Course: condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Fermented Horseradish Root Recipe

Equipment

  • Food Processor
  • Vegetable Peeler
  • Mason Jar, quart size
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Silicone Spatula
  • Bowl

Ingredients

Fermented Horseradish Root

  • 8 ounces Fresh Horseradish Root peeled and chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp Fine Sea Salt
  • 2 tbsp water

Creamy Homemade Horseradish Recipe

  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream
  • 2 tbsp Fermented Horseradish Root, more for a spicier sauce
  • 1/4 tsp Lemon Juice, fresh or bottle
  • 2 tsp fresh Chives, finely chopped

Instructions

Fermented Horseradish Root

  • Wash fresh horseradish root very well
  • Peel root using a vegetable peeler. Next, cut horseradish into 1-inch pieces and place into food processor
  • Add sea salt, and pulse for 2 minutes. until the root is chopped small.
  • Using the silicone spatula scrape the sides of the food processor. Add water and continue to pulse until the desired texture is achieved.
  • Place chopped horseradish root into a clean mason. Fill jar with water leaving a 1/2-inch headspace.
  • Cover with lid, and allow to ferment at least 3 days, or up to 1 week.
  • Once done fermenting, store jars in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Creamy Homemade Horseradish Recipe

  • In a bowl, mix sour cream, fermented horseradish root, lemon juice, chives
  • Cover bowl, place into refrigerator and allow to rest for 2 hours prior to serving

Notes

This recipe can easily be adjusted according to your liking. 

fermented horseradish

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