Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Horseradish Harvest

We planted two clumps of horseradish in the potager last spring. They seemed to really like the spot and have grown quite a bit. Since we love horseradish we decided to harvest some this fall.

Horseradish in the fall

A bunch of roots waiting to be cleaned

The food processor made short work of the roots.
You want to do this in a very well ventilated space. The smell is pretty strong.

Packing the shredded horseradish into jars. Gloves are a must in this whole process. It really burns your hands if you don't wear them.

We topped the bottles up, and canned them. We tried a bit after canning and it was great. The only thing I would change is the texture. Our food processor shredded the roots into a bit bigger pieces than I want for some things. Still, it was a success.


our friend Ben said...

Yum, Alan, your horseradish looks beautiful!!! We grow it here, too, but I've been trying to work up the nerve to harvest some after reading endlessly about the mustardgas-like fumes and etc. Goggles and gloves sound like essentials! So is that cider vinegar? I assume you water-bath-canned it, but for how long? Maybe I'll get brave and give it a try!

Alan said...

We used the baby leaves all summer for a horshradish kick in what ever dish needed them, even salad. Especially liked them on sandwiches.

We pressure canned ours 10 min at 15 lbs. From what I've read you could water-bath can them too, but I'd let them pickle overnight at least before bottling them. Looks like the time is 15 min. We pressure canned because that was what was out, and it's faster. Be brave! (and let us know how it goes.)

Farmgirl_dk: said...

Hi Alan!!!
So nice to hear from you again. Thanks for your sweet thoughts about Chester (and Franny)...I'm totally game if you are. LOL Think about the fun road trip *that* would be!! :-)

And how funny that you posted on horseradish - I just received 2 small roots from a friend in Pennsylvania last week so that I could try planting some for the first time. By next year at this time, I should have some of my own homegrown horseradish to try!

I will be back to read all that I've missed.

jack-of-all-thumbs said...

I'll try harvesting and re-planting in the coming weeks.

Thanks for the 'leaves' tip.

Wayne Stratz said...

the processing always seemed a bit daunting, but would be an adventure..


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