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horseradish - losing its bite

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rudeboy Apr 22, 2005 04:19 PM

I made a horseradish cream veloute once and it was excellent. The last two times I've made it, there wasn't the "bite" that I was looking for from the sauce. Once thing that I might have done differently was that I simmerred the horseradish (prepared hot, and then fresh grated the second time) in the sauce for a while before serving. I'm starting to think that I should just make the veloute, then add the horseradish at the end. It seems to lose its flavor after simmering. Any similar experiences? I'm not sure what chemical gives the horseradish its flavor.

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    Torty RE: rudeboy Apr 22, 2005 06:10 PM

    Heat definately affects the "hotness" of horseradish. When we did the "company" version of horseradish sauce for the Viennese boiled beef meal the grannies always simmered it with some water, vinegar & sugar to take the edge off. For the chowhounds on their own, we just mixed it straight with no heat.

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      rudeboy RE: Torty Apr 22, 2005 08:52 PM

      Good to know - I will never serve bland horseradish veloute again!!!

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