It’s rhubarb season. Yay!
The markets and grocery stores are abundant with it right now. Stock up to make your favourite dishes and freeze it for future use. Take advantage of it now because in our area it’s short and sweet, well tart, but sweet.
There are so many things you can do with rhubarb. My favourites are pies, tarts, jams, and upside down cake. Some even use it in savoury dishes and you can even pickle it. It pairs well with fruits such as strawberries, apples, peaches, pears, and citrus. I personally like it stewed and on a sweet and silky homemade vanilla pudding. This was our dessert taco in the truck for the past couple of weeks and it was a big hit.
I had an excess of it so I wanted to make something where I could preserve it to enjoy later and wasn’t too time consuming at the time because these days we are just go, go, go. I decided on rhubarb citrus jam, only because I had lots of lemons, limes, and oranges around. The thing about jams and jellies, you can have fun and get creative and make them your own.
This article is more about ideas than an actual recipe. Use your favourite jam recipe or follow the directions on your pectin package. I happened to have a bag of pectin combined with sweetener in the pantry so that is what I used.
This is what I did, I cut up about six cups of rhubarb and combined it in a saucepan with the zest and juice of half of each a lemon, lime, and orange, as well as about two cups of my pectin/sugar combination. I boiled it for about five minutes until it was soft and then put into hot sterilized jars, leaving about ¼” room from the top. Let cool and seal. It made about two one-cup jars. It didn’t stay that way for long, I had to open a jar and taste it right away on a piece of toast. The rhubarb and citrus paired really well, it definitely won’t last long in my house.
Other things you could pair with the rhubarb to have some fun with it is the usual yet delicious strawberries, chunky apples or pears, apricots, and I have even seen a chutney with rhubarb, raisins, orange rind, and apples. Whatever you decide, have fun and enjoy!