1 cup ketchup (i actually still buy this from the store, because we hardly ever use it)
1 Tbsp horseradish, pureed in the food processor
1 tsp chili powder
1 Tbsp lemon or lime juice
1 tsp homemade Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp fresh black pepper
Mix all ingredients and keep in an airtight jar in the fridge. Keeps for 2-3 weeks. This also freezes very well. Rob loves his really spicy, so I usually purée a whole piece of horseradish, so he can add more to his plate.
To Prepare Horseradish
Wash and peel the root with a veggie peeler
Cut into chunks
Place in food processor and add 1 Tbsp of water. Puree (protect your eyes!) and add 1 Tbsp white vinegar and a dash of salt. Add more water if you like it thinner. This will keep for 30 days in the refrigerator. It also freezes very well.
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#2 Choice: Wild Caught off the coast of the Pacific Northwest or Northeast, using trawling methods (very wasteful, all the other fish caught in the net are thrown out)
#3 Choice: Organically farmed in the USA (strict regulations and pretty close nutritionally)
#4 Choice: Wild Caught off the Gulf of Mexico. They say the shrimp are safe to eat after the oil spills, but I’m still not comfortable with it.
Avoid at all costs: Any seafood farmed in Asia or Latin America. They have no regulations and use very complex chemical cocktails, containing many pesticides and antibiotics. They are also doing much harm to the surrounding environment using devastating farming practices. Unfortunately 90% of shrimp sold in the USA comes from these sub-standard shrimp farms. Red Lobster endless shrimp days anyone?
Shrimp season is from April through October, so buy high-quality shrimp in bulk during that time to save money.