How To Freeze Rhubarb
Harvesting And Preserving Your Rhubarb
Rhubarb is a large leafed plant with edible stalks that grows like a bad weed anywhere that it gets the opportunity to be planted. It is a very hardy perennial.
Unfortunately rhubarb is a vegetable that often gets neglected when it shouldn't. Rather than being harvested along with the rest of the gardens riches rhubarb is often just left in the garden to decompose.
Your rhubarb really does not have to be left behind from the harvest. It is so very easy to harvest and to store.
Preparing your rhubarb for the freezer is quite easy.
Preparing Rhubarb For The Freezer
1. You can either chop your rhubarb stalks low to the ground or you can pull the stalk out at their base up from the ground and out of the main rhubarb plant.
2. Remove the rhubarb leaf as these are actually toxic and should never be eaten.
3. Wash the rhubarb stems thoroughly.
4. Remove any woody or damaged stems.
You can freeze your stalks whole or you can dice your rhubarb into bite sized pieces.
Packaging Your Rhubarb For Freezing.
There are a number of methods for freezing rhubarb. Rhubarb can be put in airtight plastic bags, or within plastic storage containers for freezing.
It can be frozen as whole stalks within either freezer bags or bread bags. It can be chopped and frozen in it's natural state, frozen with added sugar, or frozen within a syrup mixture.
I generally freeze my rhubarb plain as this is the easiest and quickest method to freeze this vegetable. I simply chop my rhubarb, pop it into the bags, and then into the freezer.
I do however place my rhubarb into a variety of different sized containers so I have an ample variety of sizes to select from. This insures that no matter how large a batch it is that I am choosing to cook that day I'll be sure to have the correct package in the freezer for my needs.
You can leave it whole or chop it up. It's your choice.
Bake a bird in your pie. They release the steam from your pie.
Pie birds are a small ceramic venting system for helping the steam escape from your pie. These little birds are also an attractive accent to your baking.
Note: A variety of size packages in the freezer makes for future cooking convenience.
Adding sugar to your packages
If you are adding sugar in with your rhubarb, generally use about one part sugar for every four parts of rhubarb. You can stir your sugar and rhubarb within a bowl before bagging it, or just dump the sugar into the bag over top of the rhubarb, and then shake to coat.
Anyone who has ever eaten rhubarb plain knows that it is a very tart vegetable. Rhubarb is therefore best when it is combined with other fruits to give it a little more natural sweetness. For a more tasty treat in your recipes, combine apples along with the rhubarb, apples tend to compliment the flavor of rhubarb very nicely.
Don't forget to put the date on your packages before you put them in the freezer.
Rhubarb is often just left in the garden. Do you harvest yours?
Do you neglect to harvest your rhubarb?
Pie birds come in a variety of colors and styles
Little pie birds are a cute accent to your pie and bring to life the old fairy rhyme of black birds being baked within a pie. They serve a practical purpose in releasing the steam from your pie as it bakes.
Rhubarb is a delicious and nutritious food.
Fortunately rhubarb is now being recognized more often as a tasty and nutritious food source. Rhubarb is also such an easy vegetable to preserve that it takes just minutes to prepare it for freezing, and once frozen, it will maintain it's nutritional value for up to nine months.
Rhubarb has long been known for its health merits. The stem of the rhubarb plant is rich in anthraquinones. These substances are known for their laxative and cathartic or body cleansing abilities.The stems of the Rhubarb plant provide for a natural body cleansing when ingested.
Rhubarb can be added into all kinds of tasty treats to add that little extra nutritional value to your deserts.
Recycling makes Sense: recycle your plastics.
The containers that you use to freeze your rhubarb can be recycled ones. Margarine or yogurt containers work perfect for storing your gardens bounty.
In addition to being an economical option and saving more plastics from being created or thrown into a local landfill, reusing your plastic containers also gives you a wider range of various sized containers to choose from.
When freezing your rhubarb, as with all fruit or vegetables, try to put a variety of sized packages in your freezer for later use. Having a number of size options in your freezer will help prevent waste when baking.
Apple - Rhubarb Crisp Recipe
2 cups flour
1 cup quick oats
1 cup old fashioned oats
2 cups lightly packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cup non-hydrogenated margarine
2 cups diced rhubarb
2 cups diced apples
1/4 cup white sugar
Prepare the crumb mixture by creaming the margarine into the brown sugar. Add the next four ingredients and mix till crumbly.
Dice the fruit into small squares and mix with the white sugar.
Combine one quarter of the crumb mixture with the diced fruit in a baking pan. Pour the remaining crumb mixture atop the rhubarb, apple and crumb mixture.
Bake at 350 degrees for thirty five to forty five minutes. Top with ice cream, whipping cream or serve with a small amount of milk.
You can lessen the brown sugar to one cup if you like your crisp less sweet.
This crisp can also be prepared without the apples. Just replace apples with two cups of additional rhubarb.
Use a combination of rhubarb and apple to naturally cleanse your body.
I've already let you know that rhubarb is a natural cleanser for your body but did you know that apples will also help cleanse your body?
Apples are well known for their rich vitamin content, but a less known fact is that the pectin / malic acid within apples can help to detoxify your system. It locks with heavy metal toxins such as aluminum, and mercury, and then escorts these toxins from your body. Apple - rhubarb pie, what a yummy way to get a little healthier.
Don't have any rhubarb in your garden?
Amazon.com offers up a wide selection of rhubarb plants and seeds so that you can get this perennial plant growing in your garden or yard. Rhubarb is usually quite easy to grow. It's a hardy perennial that returns year after year. Plant will increase in size as it ages and branch out if you let it go to seed. Plant yourself a rhubarb plant today.