Rhubarb

StorageRhubarb Place the stalks in an open plastic bag to retain moisture and store for 1 week in the refrigerator; can also add damp paper towel to help keep from drying out

Freeze: Cut the rhubarb stalks into 1-inch chunks and seal in an airtight bag. Frozen rhubarb will keep up to a year

Best Uses:  Rhubarb is tart and is generally sweetened with other sweet fruit and/or sugar.  It pairs well with apple, strawberry, ginger, raspberry, maple syrup, nutmeg, vanilla, yogurt, orange, lemon and honey.  It is typically known for pies and stewed sauce; however, as you can see here there are more rhubarb recipes than you can imagine – http://www.rhubarbinfo.com/recipes   

500g / 1 pound rhubarb stalks (leaves trimmed away) = 4 large or 8 small stalks = 4 cups (1 US quart) chopped into 2 cm (1 inch) pieces = 2 cups cut and cooked.

On the farm we have made variations of rhubarb bread, muffins, sorbet, pickles, sauce with biscuits, crumble, & crisp.  There are many different ways to use rhubarb; sweet, savory, and even alcoholic drinks. If you find a favorite let us know.

Basic Rhubarb Sauce:
4 C. rhubarb chopped
3/4 C. Sugar
1/4 C. Water
Place all in sauce pan; cover, and simmer over medium heat until all 
the rhubarb has softened. Pour over ice cream, plain yogurt, or biscuits
(variations: add tsp. of cinnamon or a slice of fresh ginger 
when simmering)

RECIPE LINKS:

CSA Pinterest

Savory Rhubarb dishes

Rhubarb for Dinner : Savory

HOW WE GROW IT: This plant is a perennial and we have continued to divide and grow our rhubarb patch. We have several rows on top of landscape fabric to help with weed and moisture control. The outer stalks are pulled from the base of the plant, leaves are trimmed then sent home unwashed.

Rhubarb Bars

Rhubarb Bars

Course: Dessert
Keyword: rhubarb, spring
Servings: 24 bars
Author: Martha Holmberg

Equipment

  • 9×13 baking dish
  • food processor

Ingredients

For the crust and topping

  • cups rolled oats
  • cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • cups packed brown sugar
  • sticks butter (vegan butter)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

For the filling

  • 3 cups chopped rhubarb
  • 1 cup sugar may add up to 1 ½ cups depending on tartness
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Put the oats, flour, baking soda, salt, and brown sugar in a food processor and pulse a few ties to blend
  • Add the butter and about half of the nuts and process until the mixture starts to clump together
  • Put half of the mixture nto a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  • Add the remaining nuts to the rest of the oatmeal mixture, pulse onece just to blend, and reserve in the refrigerator for the crumb topping
  • Press the crust mixture into the baking dish to form an even layer over the bottom. Chill while you make the rhubarb filling

Make the filling

  • Heat the oven to 375 degrees
  • Put the chopped rhubarb, sugar, cornstarch, vanilla, and ¼ cup of water into a medium saucepan over medioum-high hea, bring to a boil, stirring constantly, and then reduce the heat to a simmer
  • Continue cooking and stirring until the filling is thick and jam-like, 15 to 25 minues. Let the filling cool and then pour it over the bottom crust.
  • Crumble the remaining topping mixture over the top as evenly as possible; it's okay if the rhubarb peeks through
  • Bake until the bottom crust and topping are nicely golden and the filling is bubbling just a bit around the edges, 25-35 minutes.
  • Cool completely before cutting into approximately 2-inch squares
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