How to Grow Horseradish… Forever

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Momma Plant – growing in June

You know the expression, strawberry fields forever?  It’s the same thing for horseradish. Plant it and two years later you’ll need a machete to get out of your house, there’s so much growing!  Horseradish is a root crop that is very popular in the spring and is used in Passover dinners as the bitter herb. It’s also terrific in Bloody Mary’s (as we all know!).

Right now it is growing lushly and it’s starting to take over my little patch of herbs. You notice the momma plant and the baby plant. How did I start growing it?

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Baby plant

I bought horseradish in the spring, cut the top off and stuck it in the ground.

The next year, I had a horseradish plant ready for making horseradish.

Continue to propagate your plant. From the winter, the top foliage dies back to the ground.  Pull the plant up, root and all. Cut off the top and replant it.

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Pulled up roots

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With the root, you will need to wash it thoroughly with a small nail brush or rough cloth to get all the dirt off.  Peel it but be careful not to touch your eyes or face, the odor is very pungent and irritating.  I tried to grate the root but I was overcome by the smell.  You think you cry when you cut up onions?  This stuff is 1,000% more powerful.  Instead, I cut it up and put it in the chopper with a little bit of white vinegar.  A couple of spins in the chopper and it’s got the consistency of the bottled stuff. It stays good a long time in the refrigerator.

Newly Fed: The Introduction

Years ago I had this thought that I should develop a show called Newly Fed, the premise would be my journey with food and how I really got into eating when I met Bill and cooking when I married Bill. One story that comes to mind was when I first started dating Bill and he asked me why I didn’t like seafood. The answer was that I didn’t really eat it growing up, to which Bill replied “Well, don’t you think you should try it again?”. Bill took me to Blue Water Grill for my ‘first’ seafood experience and it was amazing. (good idea to take me to one of NYC’s best seafood restaurants to convince me!)

Since Food Network and Cooking Channel haven’t made offers on the Newly Fed concept, we decided to give it a go here on The Glorified Tomato. I hope you guys enjoy the episodes and the recipes, its been fun to make them. The best part of researching these recipes is the time I get gathering my friends and family around the table. I hope you enjoy!

Take a peek  at the intro episode below, and tune in Tuesdays for a new Newly Fed episode.

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There are many ways to enjoy Rockaway….

Extraordinary, no other commentary necessary.

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The Pay Off – Rockaway Beach

This is why we deal with the commute and the harsh winters, and all the other bullshit!

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