Dab it on oysters, stir it into Bloody Marys, or try adding a little zip to dips, marinades, and DIY pickles.

The most common way you’ll find this woody, eye-watering root is in a jar—a good thing. While freshly grated horseradish is extremely spicy, prepared contains vinegar, which counteracts the heat. Look for it in the refrigerated section of the supermarket (ingredients are often just horseradish, vinegar, and salt), as shelf-stable options are typically full of preservatives.

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