I dug a few Horseradish roots
yesterday. Not an easy task, sometimes the roots can go down many feet and it is impossible to remove if you don't want it. Like many root vegetables they don't do well in my hard London clay.. but all you need is a relatively small amount.
Scrub and peel the root thoroughly
Nowadays this is just so easy... my Mother tells me that in the 1930s she had to sit on the kitchen step with a hand grater... and grate the horseradish root
. The pain must have been awful.. think how you feel when you stand over onions when you chop them? then multiply it by 10.. PHEW!
We have it much easier now.. if you want to experience some of the pain, then just take a sniff after it is chopped when you take the lid off!
There is absolutely no comparison with the weedy, watery, mild horseradish sauce you buy in jars from the shop. This is the real McCoy!! Just add either cream or evaporated milk, a couple of spoons of vinegar and some salt and pepper.