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Grinding fresh horseradish

deelicious Jan 9, 2006 10:45 PM

How do you grind fresh horseradish without it discoloring to an awful bluish gray color? I ground it in a cuisinart and when I took it out of the refrigerator to serve, it looked awful and I threw it out. Was it the refrigerator or the cuisinart blade that discolored it?

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    theSauce RE: deelicious Jan 9, 2006 11:08 PM

    Did you peel the horseradish? Also, adding a little vinegar will help with the discoloration. The sooner you add the vinegar the milder it will be. If you let the grated horseradish sit for a min. or so before adding the vinegar it will be hotter.

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      SteveT RE: theSauce Jan 9, 2006 11:12 PM

      I use a ginger grater...ceramic with all the teeth.

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        heidipie RE: theSauce Jan 9, 2006 11:24 PM

        The vinegar also works to preserve the sting and heat--ground and left to its devices, the plain horseradish will get drier and milder over time.

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          LBQT RE: theSauce Jan 9, 2006 11:26 PM

          I agree with adding the vinegar. I also add a pinch - literally, a small pinch - of sugar. Somehow I think it enahnces the flavor.

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          PollyG RE: deelicious Jan 10, 2006 09:50 AM

          I've always used a little vinegar and my blender for horseradish. The trick is to take the blender outside before opening the cover because the fumes are ferocious.

          We also grate the horseradish at the table using a plane grater and a napkin around the root, much like some restaurants will grate cheese.

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