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  • babyfork Apr 12, 2002 12:49 PM
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I like to use horseradish that is extra hot in my recipes. I've had trouble finding good brands that really deliver that extra hot, sinus-clearing flavor. Even some I've tried that are labeled "Extra Hot" have been disappointing such as Noyo Harbor Reserve and another I can't remember the name of. So far the only one that was really good was Beaver brand, but I can't always get it at every market. Does anybody have any recommendations for really good Extra Hot bottled horseradish? Thanks! PS I've even tried grating my own fresh horseradish, but for some reason it gave me a belly ache, so I don't feel like trying that again (plus, it wasn't super hot anyway).

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  1. Horseradish loses its kick as it sits on the shelf. Find a local restaurant supply house that turns the stuff over quickly. I buy the Beaver stuff (it is great) by the gallon --about $10--and split it with other devotees. If I have more than I need in my cut, I put it in plastic bags and freeze it. Usually I have a dozen "individual servings" in the freezer--this prevents thawing and re-freezing, of course.

    Anyway, check with a restaurant that has really good, "where are my eyeballs" horseradish and ask where they get it.

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    1. re: Hazelhurst

      Thanks! I guess I'll just stick with the Beaver stuff and freeze it when I find it. Do you recommend a good restaurant supply place to purchase it at?

      1. re: babyfork

        I'm on the other side of the Mississippi from you so you'll need someone else. My best guess would be to find a seafood joint that has clams and oysters & such. Ask them where they get their stuff. If the supplier won't sell directly to you, ask the restaurant to sell you some, You will be amazed at the difference

    2. If color isn't an issue, you could always add a little wasabi to the mix.

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      1. re: Tom Hilton

        That's exactly what I did last night!! It was OK for what I happened to be making (a dip for artichokes), but that isn't always going to work. (I don't want to have to add wasabi to my cocktail sauce)

      2. The only good bottled horseradish is really fresh refrigerated horseradish like Silver Spring or Tule Lake (I like Silver Spring the best.) This is available in the refrigerated section of the supermarket -- sometimes near the smoked fish, sometimes near the pickles. Make sure you don't buy the creamed style -- that is much milder than the straight stuff. These bottles are dated, so you can see how fresh they are -- often (but not always) the freshest ones are in the rear of the case.

        Also, some Jewish delis grind and sell their own horseradish -- Shenson's (no longer there) used to make the best.

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        1. re: Nancy Berry

          Yeah, I always bought the refrigerated stuff when I lived in NJ. I tried that here, but found the Tule Lake stuff very mild even though I bought their extra hot version. Maybe I got an old bottle.

          1. re: babyfork

            Nancy's reference to Shenson's (RIP) fresh-ground horseradish brings up another idea: what about just buying fresh and grating it yourself? Or have you tried that?

          2. re: Nancy Berry

            Yeah, I always bought the refrigerated stuff when I lived in NJ. I tried that here, but found the Tule Lake stuff very mild even though I bought their extra hot version. Maybe I got an old bottle.

          3. The only good bottled horseradish is really fresh refrigerated horseradish like Silver Spring or Tule Lake (I like Silver Spring the best.) This is available in the refrigerated section of the supermarket -- sometimes near the smoked fish, sometimes near the pickles. Make sure you don't buy the creamed style -- that is much milder than the straight stuff. These bottles are dated, so you can see how fresh they are -- often (but not always) the freshest ones are in the rear of the case.

            Also, some Jewish delis grind and sell their own horseradish -- Shenson's (no longer there) used to make the best.

            1. In a similar vein, where can I find fresh wasabi root (not powder)? I'm trying to recreate a apple-wasabi sorbet from Masa's,and the recipe called for 1 tsp. of freshly grated wasabi. Would the supermarkets in Japantown sell it? thanks!

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              1. re: dixieday

                i've seen it in the tiny supermarkets in SF japantown. it's expensive though.

                1. re: dixieday

                  check out www.wasabifarm.com........$7.50 per plant and grow your own..

                  Link: http://www.wasabifarm.com

                2. Fred's horseradish is excellent and quite hot. It can be difficult to find, but recently has been stocked at Whole Foods and Rainbow Grocery. It's pricey, but IMHO worth it.

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                  1. re: gini dunlap

                    I second the recommendation of Fred's. It is the hottest comercial horseradish I've tried.

                    1. re: jaweino

                      my husband didn't think it was so hot... but it's also at Tower Market.

                    2. re: gini dunlap

                      I also saw Fred's at Berkeley Bowl. Berkeley Bowl also has its own label horseradish, in "extra hot."

                    3. Try grating your own again, adding white vinegar and a small pinch (literally, just a few grains) of sugar. I've done this when I haven't been able to get to the one place down here that grinds fresh, year round --Magees in Los Angeles' Farmer's Market. BTW, many of the commercial bottled horseradishes contain mustard oil, which tends to make the product bitter. Avoid those if possible.

                      1. Go to some Middle Eastern grocery store that has foods from the former Yugoslavian countries. Buy something called "Hren" on the shelf. Once opened, keep refrigerated.

                        1. Fred's Horseradish is by far the best. I have tried all kinds and Fred's is fresh and hot. He also makes mustards. It is sold by Corti's and Taylor's here in Sacramento. Nugget Market does not carry, which is a shame. You will not (or should not) find it on the shelves, but it should be sold from the refrigerator section of the grocery store. It comes in a squat plastic cube with photograph of Fred on the label...cowboy hat and all.

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