Homemade horseradish is really quite easy if you have a food processor--and are careful. While this looks like something from the grocery store, the flavor is incomparable. Intensely hot and aromatic, this is the real deal.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
additional:
10 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
48
Yield:
3 cups
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Ingredients

48
Original recipe yields 48 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place diced horseradish in a food processor; add a splash of cold water. Pulse on and off until mixture begins to blend. Scrape down sides of food processor container (the fumes are very strong, so keep your face away from the bowl and the room well ventilated).

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  • Continue blending, adding a bit more water if mixture seems too dry. Process until horseradish is finely ground. Wait 2 minutes before adding the vinegar and salt; supposedly this makes the horseradish hotter. After 2 or 3 minutes, add vinegar and salt. Continue processing until mixture is smooth and creamy or to your desired consistency, adding more water if necessary. Transfer to airtight storage containers. Refrigerate.

Chef's Notes:

The fumes produced by this process are very intense and will cause burning eyes and runny noses if you're not in a well-ventilated space.

If you don't have a food processor, you can use a heavy-duty blender but you'll need to add a bit more water for the initial blending step.

Nutrition Facts

6 calories; protein 0.3g 1% DV; carbohydrates 1.2g; fat 0g; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 61mg 2% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
05/11/2017
This is the best horseradish I have ever had!! My sinuses were the clearest they have ever been. My nose ran my eyes cried but my palate was quite happy. Thanks Chef John finally a horseradish recipe I will forever use. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/10/2017
This is the best horseradish I have ever had!! My sinuses were the clearest they have ever been. My nose ran my eyes cried but my palate was quite happy. Thanks Chef John finally a horseradish recipe I will forever use. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/01/2017
I had my first horseradish harvest and used this recipe to prepare it. It was so easy! I was able to get it to the perfect consistency. I also liked that there wasn't a ton of vinegar in it--that let the flavor and hotness of the horseradish come through. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/27/2018
This is very similar to my Dad's recipe he made to go with the kielbasa on Easter. Ventilation is key as a child checking out what was in the big bowl on the counter I inhaled and completely lost my breath. Learned that lesson very quickly. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2019
LOL... I seriously made this outside on my porch just in case and I m glad I did. Sooo hot. Sooo easy. Tastes delicious to me though the test will be tonight at a Christmas Party. I will update with comments from the peanut gallery when I have a chance. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/29/2020
Hot! But oh so good. No additional ingredients like sugar, etc. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/26/2019
This is just like my grandmothers. All the wonderful memories came back with the first taste. The perfect recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/04/2019
This was awesome! Made some extra and gave it to my neighbor who immediately asked me for the recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/21/2016
Finally! Real prepared horseradish that has the kick and heat I desire. I didn't have a whole pound of horse radish but was able to scale it down to what I had no problem. Make sure you are working in a ventilated area or the tears will be flowing for sure! This will certainly clear out your sinuses! I had.25 prod and it made a little less than a cup. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/14/2019
Super easy way to use my homegrown horseradish. Put some of this in the freezer as it was a large amount. Tasted great very strong! Might cut it with a little mayo if we need to but we like it hot so I think it will be great. Worked easier in my small food processor to chop the pieces pretty small to start with. Read More
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