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How to Make Fresh Rhubarb Jam

Updated on September 9, 2012

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This easy to make jam has a very smooth, spreadable consistency kind of like apple butter. It keeps well and will freeze if you want to make a large batch. This is a great way to use your fresh rhubarb harvest or try out a new fruit.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: 2 pints of jam


  • 2.5 lbs or 7.5 cups fresh rhubarb, chopped
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 tsp orange peel, grated
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  1. Sterilize canning jars and set out with their rings and lids on your work surface.
  2. In a large sauce pan, combine all ingredients, bring to a boil. Once a rolling boil is achieved, reduce heat to medium-high and continue to cook for 30-45 minutes. Watch it carefully as to not over cook. You can add a few drops of red food coloring if you want a rich color.
  3. Stir mixture occassionally, watch for the mixture to begin to thicken. Once it is thick, turn off the heat and ladle the jam into your sterile canning jars. Seal the jars with lids and rings.
  4. Store jam in the refrigerator and transfer to the freezer once the jars have cooled.


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