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How To Freeze Rhubarb

Updated on June 23, 2015
Photos are my own. Article copyright Lorelei Cohen.
Photos are my own. Article copyright Lorelei Cohen.

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.

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Tumbleweed Pottery Pie Bird Pie Plate

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?

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Pie birds come in a variety of colors and styles

R & M International Set of 2 Cute and Useful Pie Birds - Highly Recommended by Bakers and a Great Value Includes One Black and One White
R & M International Set of 2 Cute and Useful Pie Birds - Highly Recommended by Bakers and a Great Value Includes One Black and One White

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

RHUBARB CRISP:

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.

Note:

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?

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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.

 

Do you grow your own rhubarb?

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      Robin S 7 years ago from USA

      Wow, this is terrific!

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      bdkz 7 years ago

      Very helpful lens!

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      WhiteOak50 7 years ago

      My husband loves rhubarb and strawberries together! Thanks for adding this lens to the Kitchen!

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      Deb Kingsbury 7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      We used to grow a LOT of rhubarb, which took up a good portion of our freezer. But we were glad to have it during the winter. If we had leftover by the time spring rolled around, we'd usually make "rhubarb ade" out of it, by cooking it, squeezing it through a cheesecloth, chilling it and adding some sugar, and ... rhubarb ade. Like lemonade ... but not. Anyhow, this is really well done. Very clear instructions.

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      Angela F 7 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Nice lens. Made me remember the strawberry rhubarb pie my mom made when we were kids. :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      thank you ...simple to do like you said...my b/f loves rhubarb pie and now i can make it for him all year long...

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      Delia 6 years ago

      what a great lens! I found it on your FB page...I am so glad you can freeze Rhubarb...I have some growing and I'm the only one that eats it, so it would be nice to freeze it..

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      I freeze a lot of home grown foods but never thought to do the rhubarb. Certainly couldn't be any easier. Thanks for creating this lens.

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      GramaBarb 6 years ago from Vancouver

      I love rhubarb upside down cake too! Great lens!

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      Evelyn Saenz 6 years ago from Royalton

      I love rhubarb. I usually combine rhubarb with apple to reduce the amount of sugar needed to make it sweet enough. My family loves rhubarb pie, sauce and crisp. Thanks for the tips on freezing.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love rhubarb! Somehow I've never tried freezing it. I've never really had that much of it. I did have a flourishing little patch of it at a long-ago house, but haven't grown it since. This is going to be the year to plant some at long last! Great lens, and I'll be trying the rhubarb crisp.

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      Bellezza-Decor 5 years ago from Canada

      Rhubarb should only be consumed occasionally. When cooked it is similar chemically to the uric acid created by coffee and cooked spinach ~ another no no. Uric acid is what gets into your joints and causes arthritis and other ailments. I still drink 2 to 3 cups of coffee, irrespective because I love it .... So if you suffer with ailments use the food elimination steps to ascertain which food is causing problems.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I was just going to make rhubarb-strawberry crisp this week. With 3 plants now, I hope I'll have some to freeze as well. Thanks for the how-to.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @Virginia Allain: It is amazing how much rhubarb comes off of even one plant. We have just two plants but the one is usually plenty.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Just love your lens! We just started our garden this year (so far, so good LOL) and we want to definitely plant some rhubarb.

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      This is such a wonderful and informative lens on an important vegetable that so many, including me, completely ignore. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust-3-D-F under Food.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @norma-holt: This is such a surprise. Thank you so much for stopping by my freezing Rhubarb article.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: I am so glad that you enjoyed this lens and thank you so much.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @Bellezza-Decor: So people who have a history of gout in their family will have to be careful on how much rhubarb they consume. Gout is the arthritis which is uric acid based.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: I like to combine apple and rhubarb in my crisps. Very healthy dessert recipe.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love rhubarb. Haven't had it for years tho. LOL Great lens

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm ready to get healthier with some apple-rhubarb pie! Great step by step directions and tips along the way to preparing rhubarb for freezing. My Mom uses to make that crisp, I can almost smell it now! How funny, my security word is "sniffnerd".

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: Lol...I know. Some of the security words are so funny. I love apple-rhubarb crisp and the rhubarb this year is huge so I am thinking that hubby and I will eating that recipe quite often. Thank you for visiting Tipi

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: Rhubarb is one of those foods that we just tend to forget about. That is why I created this article lol. Best wishes.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @GramaBarb: Hmmm? I remember my mom making Rhubarb upside down cake when we were kids. Yummy.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @WildFacesGallery: Isn't it funny how rhubarb sort of gets forgotten in the garden the majority of the time. Perhaps because rhubarb matures so much quicker than other plants...

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      John Dyhouse 5 years ago from UK

      I always harvest as much of my Rhubarb as possible, and several times during the growing season. I prepare the stalks for freezing as you suggest but tend to freeze it on open trays before bagging, etc. This way I have no problem with taking just the amount that I need and then putting the container back into the freezer.

      My favourite use is for crumbles, on its own or with apple with lashings of custard. Thanks for a great lens.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Have been looking at my rhubarb plants. I always tell myself to wait another year before harvesting them. But now that I can freeze them, I will harvest them.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @aesta1: Baking time is during the winter months so if the rhubarb is in the freezer then we have it handy for our use. Hope you get your rhubarb harvested this year.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @John Dyhouse: I freeze my strawberries that way but rhubarb I find I just have to give the bag a little scrunch to loosen the kernels of rhubarb if I want to use a half bag instead of a full one. I generally freeze a variety of sizes too so that I can grab a package suitable to my baking needs at any time. Thank you for stopping by Arty. Your visits are always a pleasure. I hope you are having a wonderful summer.

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      ForestBear LM 5 years ago

      I had totally forgot everything about the goodness of rhubarb. Used to have it a lot as a child, thank you for reminding me. Great lens!

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 5 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I will find this useful as soon as my rhubarb is established enough to start picking. I planted it a few years back and thought it had died, but it came up again this spring and actually has some normal sized leaves appearing in the past two weeks. I guess I need to water it, since the temperature is in the triple digits this week.

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      Karnel 5 years ago from Lower Mainland of BC

      What a beautiful lens I now wish I was a fan of rhubarb

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      Mark Falco 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      I love rhubarb but never thought of freezing it before. I'm having real issues getting it to grow in my garden though. I think it might be too hot here in Nevada as I'm lucky if I get one or two tiny stalks out of my plant. :(

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      happynutritionist 5 years ago

      I have always harvested and used our Rhubarb right away, but don't have a lot of it. I didn't know you could cut and pop into the freezer! My husband LOVES rhubarb, especially a nice rhubarb crisp. Beautiful lens, blessed, and added to Diet and Nutrition Squid Angel

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      I've never cooked with rhubarb but my boyfriend loves the stuff so I think I'll try your apple rhubarb crisp. It looks delicious. Great lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I just saw this on the front page...congratulations! My mouth started watering with that wonderful taste that only rhubarb has and had to return to sprinkle some angel dust over your rhubarb, it also freezes very well and will not alter the taste.

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      John Dyhouse 5 years ago from UK

      Congrats on the front page feature. I have been here before - I love rhubarb and it grows freely in the shady areas of our garden - however this time I come with a blessing for a great lens.

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      im1337mi 5 years ago

      Delicious. Thanks for sharing!

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      dahlia369 5 years ago

      Beautifully done, very useful info on rhubarb - thank you!! :)

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      Kathryn Grace 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Alas, these days I have to get my rhubarb from the Farmer's Market, and I can't wait till it comes available this year. Thank you for the tips on freezing. I tend to resist freezing because I don't want to do the blanching, but I will try your method and skip that step this spring.

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      Anthony Altorenna 5 years ago from Connecticut

      I tried growing rhubarb, but it just didn't do well in its intended garden plot. Fortunately, my sister-in-law bakes a delicious strawberry & rhubarb pie!

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      I don't grow my own rhubarb but was given a bunch recently. I hadn't cooked it for many years but made a rhubarb crumble which went down very well with my husband.

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      Jules Corriere 5 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      Fabulous lens. I had Rhubarb Pie for the first time when I was an exchange student in Germany, and I thought I'd found a little piece of heaven. Thanks for sharing this awesome Purple Star worthy lens. Blessed.

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      bjslapidary 5 years ago

      Very nice lens. Love rhubarb. Pinned it so that I can come back to it. Thanks for sharing.

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      MrsPotts 5 years ago

      I love rhubarb! Unfortunately I have no plants, but if I did they would never be neglected. Great lens, especially on the freezing how to. Thank you!

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      BestGamesQuest 5 years ago

      This is a great idea! I never seem to be able to eat all the rhubarb when I get a bunch of it.

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      Thanks for the valuable information and tips! Great lens!

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      Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      I love rhubarb! Those pie birds are so cute. Great lens!!! Blessed!

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      ideadesigns 5 years ago

      You make growing and freezing rhubarb exciting. I didn't know it could be a natural cleanser. I don't think I've ever eaten it before, but I know what it looks like now!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love rhubarb. But when we harvest our little garden little to nothing remains to be frozen ;-)

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      shantytom 5 years ago

      I often freeze fruits such as strewberries and grapes! will try freezing rhubar too. great tips!

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      My parents grew rhubarb. It is an amazing plant.

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      hntrssthmpsn 5 years ago

      I love rhubarb! while I harvest and eat quite a bit of it, I must admit that quite a bit of rhubarb is left quietly going to waste in my garden every year. Thanks for highlighting the simplicity of freezing it! Bookmarked this lens as a reminder to freeze some and try some of that scrumptious looking Apple - Rhubarb Crisp Recipe this year!

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @SteveKaye: I like rhubarb and apple combined together in recipes. The apple sweetens the rhubarb and the rhubarb gives an extra little tasty zing to the apple recipes. Yummy.

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      TravelingRae 5 years ago

      Someone gave me rhubarb a couple of years ago, a ton of it, and I had no idea what to do with it. So I just chopped it up as you describe and stewed it with some sugar and a bit of water (thankfully not too much as rhubarb makes its own juice and a lot of it!). It tasted like a mix of apples and raspberries that was delicious over vanilla yoghurt. I spooned the mixture into medium-size freezer bags, about 20 of them, and had a bag a week for six months. Yum. :)

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      Scraps2treasures 5 years ago

      I was working in our garden over the weekend and noticed our rhubarb is poking its head up through the dirt already. It's the freakishly warm winter we had this year I think. Now my mouth is watering at the thought of Strawberry Rhubarb Pie. Yum!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      An apple a day or a carrot a day does help lower certain cancer made problems in the body but chances are lowered for some cancers when raw apples or carrots are eaten. My wife taught me this from her college biology class she's taking. Enjoyed your article this morning, *blessed by a squid angel*

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      icafe-lounge 5 years ago

      I used to eat a lot of rhubarb pie and rhubarb crisp as a kid (with lots of ice cream on top!). It is indeed a neglected vegetable. That's a great apple-rhubarb recipe. :)

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      Skylermeyer2012 5 years ago

      Actually I have this at home and thanks for sharing additional information to me about rhubarb. Informative lens... liked it!..

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      dellgirl 5 years ago

      Iâm just stopping by to say Hello. Congratulations on making Popular Pages - Featured Lenses. SuperCool!

      I've heard of rhubarb but never had it. This is a very informative lens, thanks for sharing. It really held my attention! I SuperSquid-liked it!

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      Helene-Malmsio 5 years ago

      My rhubarb patch is finally producing enough stems to not only provide us with dessert, but also to have some leftovers. For some silly reason I had not thought they would freeze well, so this was welcome news to me, thanks!

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I wish I had rhubarb growing on my property. My grandmother always had rhubarb growing in her yard. As kids, we would snap off a stalk, get a cup with some sugar in it, and eat the raw stalks dipped in sugar. One of my favorite desserts to this day is rhubarb pie. It's a rare treat. Thanks for the rhubarb crisp recipe. Sounds delicious.

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      sousababy 5 years ago

      I grew up eating rhubarb often . . rhubarb pies. I had no idea that they could be frozen and still retain their good taste. Thank you for the education.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @sousababy: Rhubarb comes out delicious after it is frozen. It is so easy to freeze too because you virtually just pop it into the freezer.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Ah, we indeed used to grown our own rhubarb when I lived in Cleveland, Ohio ... nothing better than rhubarb. Cool to learn how to freeze it!

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      jholland 5 years ago

      I was just looking at some rhubarb roots at the farm store this week., I'll have to check to see how well it winters here, but these ideas make me want to plant some rhubarb.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Stopping by to let my mouth water, its almost time for rhubarb season and maybe its already in full swing in other parts of the country, it sure does freeze well for tasty treats all year long!

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      TopMovieSoundtr 4 years ago

      Congratulations on 5 years of getting to write about gardening and other things you love!

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      OldStones LM 4 years ago

      Oh yes I do grow rhubarb and it never gets left in the garden. Rhubarb pie is my absolute favorite dessert. I am not a real big fan of sweets so rhubarb is perfect. I also love strawberry rhubarb jam.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Returning to smile with you over front page honors once again, my mouth starts to water every time I stop by!

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      trendydad 4 years ago

      great job on the purple star

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      jarajelissa 4 years ago

      Wash and pack either raw or blanched rhubarb tightly into containers. Remove as much air as possible. Label, seal and freeze. I don't think that it gets any easier than that.

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      flycatcherrr 4 years ago

      Very timely. :) I've been out in my garden picking rhubarb this morning, actually.

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      squid-pinkchic18 4 years ago

      Awesome lens, and congrats on being selected for the front page! My husband and I are rhubarb lovers and we have a few plants in our garden that we frequently harvest ;) I thoroughly enjoyed this lens!

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      peggygallyot 4 years ago

      No I don't . But I would like to try.

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      spletneigre 4 years ago

      Frist time I heard about rhubarb, so you know my anser ;)

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      Anthony Altorenna 4 years ago from Connecticut

      Rhubarb season is almost here, and it won't be long before my sister-in-law bakes her wonderful Rhubarb Strawberry pie. Yum!

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      KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      My grandparents grew rhubarb and made all sorts of pies and canned goods. You've inspired me to grow some in my yard, if I can find a sunny spot.

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      These are useful tips and I like the one about using Rhubarb in cookies, that is such a great idea.

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      AgingIntoDisabi 4 years ago

      I love a practical lens. Such useful information!

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      MerandaJade 4 years ago

      I'd love to put one in the backyard. i just got some from the grocery store and taught my kids how to eat it raw, dipped in sugar. I have childhood memories of going out back and picking a stalk and doing the same thing. They all loved it, and would love tha apple-rhubarb crisp, I'm sure. I will have to make that for them!

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      jseven lm 4 years ago

      This is a great lens about freezing rhubarb. I am sharing it and blessing it, too!

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      UKGhostwriter 4 years ago

      As a kid I would sneak a bowl of sugar and hide in our rubarb patch! - great lens!!

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      steph-naylor 4 years ago

      Great Lens! I love Rubarb! Thanks ever so much! Iâm definitely going to recommend your Lens to my friends!

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      SquidooDolls 4 years ago

      My mom grows rhubarb and I was wondering if it would freeze, thanks!

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      hartworks lm 4 years ago

      We grow a LOT of rhubarb and usually make it into jam with our garden strawberries or sometimes other fruits... mango-rhubarb had an exotic flavor. .. then we freeze the jams. But sometimes the rhubarb gets ahead of us. VERY good to know how easy the rhubarb is to freeze by itself!

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      ForestBear LM 4 years ago

      just returning for another visit to this wonderful resource

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      Joan Haines 4 years ago

      No, but I always try to get some whenever I can. I love the stuff!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I just had to stop by and tell you of another way to freeze rhubarb that my sister was telling me she tried this year. Shell loves frozen fruit bars but not the price and had been making rhubarb sauce and came up with the idea to make it into rhubarb fruit bars. She picked up some of those popsicle or fruit bar forms you can buy almost anywhere and was in business. So far, she had only used the plain rhubarb sauce with a little sugar and cinnamon but thought she might try some with strawberry and rhubarb.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I don't have rhubarb in my garden but want to plant it next year :) We started with the garden last year and it's growing since then :) Gardening is so much work - I love it!

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: Once you plant rhubarb it will grow back every year. All you have to do is trim back the remnants of the plant at the end of the year because the leaves get so huge and can make a mess if it is left to rot in the garden.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: Thank you Tipi those rhubarb popsicles sound delicious and nutritious. With how hot much of the country has been homemade popsicles are a great way to cool off. I'll pop your rhubarb making tip into a black box module as this comment sinks down. Love you darling.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @Joan Haines: Rhubarb certainly adds a nice zing to apple crisp and apple pie recipes. I have been asked many times why my baking tastes so good and I always say that it is the rhubarb added in that makes the difference.

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      Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

      I don't but I would love to have it. I really enjoy rhubarb.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @Melissa Miotke: Rhubarb really adds that little extra flavor to baked goods so I always keep it in the freezer to add in with my apple dessert recipes.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @hartworks lm: When you get to much rhubarb you can always give some to family, friends, or to your local food bank. Rhubarb is also great for selling at the local fall fairs because it has such a wonderful country atmosphere to it and the items that it is baked into.

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      bechand 4 years ago

      a friend brings it into work frequently (that time of year) and I never know what to do with it or how to keep it ...THANKS

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      poutine 4 years ago

      I used to...but not anymore.

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      Pam Irie 4 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I like your suggestion of freezing rhubarb in assorted quantities to be used as needed.

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      sheilamarie78 4 years ago

      I miss my freezer. It's so much easier to freeze produce than to can. We live off-grid and only have solar power. Maybe one day I'll be able to afford a solar freezer and then I'll freeze extra rhubarb. I'd better start planting extra rhubarb plants now, because right now we eat all we harvest.

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      gradientcat 4 years ago

      We get lots of rhubarb in the summer. I'll have to try freezing some.

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      Rob Hemphill 3 years ago from Ireland

      I don't grow rhubarb now but used to, I miss not being able to harvest it when I want to and should eat more of it - nothing better than rhubarb and custard!

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      nifwlseirff 3 years ago

      I don't grow my own (yet), but some others in my family do. I came looking for how to store (a good 4kg!) of rhubarb - thank you for the freezing tips!

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      It's rhubarb season, so I wanted to stop back by and refresh my memory on freezing rhubarb. Thanks so much for providing this useful page.

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      Scott A McCray 3 years ago

      Rhubarb pie...now there's a happy childhood memory!

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      Jogalog 3 years ago

      My parents used to and I loved it. Unfortunately my husband doesn't like it.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Our home had a rhubarb plant when we moved in. Have never done anything with it. We should...

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: I know that a lot of people tend to not harvest the rhubarb because they are not sure that they can use it. It is very simply to put in the freezer though or if you ask around there is always someone who love to have it. It makes delicious pies, crisps, and jam.

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      donjohnsonis lm 3 years ago

      I love rhubarb, but didn't know how to freeze it. Thanks, Don

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      lionmom100 3 years ago

      I love rhubarb but don't current'y have a plant. We have been thinking of buying one. They are pretty ornamentally too.

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      writerkath 3 years ago

      I'm really glad to see your lens on this! Just yesterday, a friend was over for dinner, and we were walking around the yard, and I pointed out my rhubarb plant. I kind of sighed, saying, "I just don't really know what to do with it!" But, you have given me some inspiration today! I'll go get those stems and process them!! I don't want to continue to waste a perfectly good plant! Congratulations on this LoTD which just helped me greatly!

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      Bercton1 3 years ago

      I don't grow it but I certainly buy it and its product.Your lens is very inspiring and full of great details. Congratulation on LOTD! well done!

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      Anthony Altorenna 3 years ago from Connecticut

      My sister-in-law uses fresh rhubarb in her strawberry pie, and it is a summertime favorite. Congratulations on LOTD!

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      Alan Katz 3 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for sharing this lens. I didn't know a lot of this.

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      Faye Rutledge 3 years ago from Concord VA

      I've never grown rhubarb. Great info, enjoyed the lens. Congratulations on LotD!

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      Wilf Catt 3 years ago from Leicester, England

      In Yorkshire, England rhubarb is force grown in the dark in large sheds. The area is known as the "Rhubarb Triangle" . It's a fascinating horticultural practice. Take a look at: http://www.wakefield.gov.uk/CultureAndLeisure/Hist...

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      Laura Hofman 3 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Great tips! I don't currently have any rhubarb growing in my garden, but now I have a craving for it! Like your idea of chopping it and adding sugar before freezing.

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      greytdogz 3 years ago

      I love rhubarb. And fresh from the garden is the best. Whenever I've had a rhubarb plant, I've always picked it. When I had too much, I'd use some, freeze some, and give some away. Strawberry Rhubarb pie is one of my favorites. Thank you for a great lens.

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      diegocomercio 3 years ago

      nice, interesting, informative. great lens

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      Delia 3 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! Love rhubarb...the shade has taken over on my plants, they don't get big now...no real sunshine area to replant

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      Susan Hazelton 3 years ago from Summerfield, Florida

      I had no idea that you could freeze rhubarb. I'll have to try it. I dearly love strawberry rhubarb pie.

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      @delia-delia: I find that too with the rhubarb beside our garden. The only good news is that we harvest early before the other plants get high. The leaves of the rhubarb are so huge.

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      Barbara Casey 3 years ago from St. Petersburg, Florida

      Strawberry-rhubarb pie. Nothing better. Congrats on LOTD!

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      @BarbaraCasey: I make apple and rhubarb pie. My mom though always made strawberry rhubarb jam and it was so good. The two compliment each other beautifully.

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      Art-Aspirations 3 years ago

      Yes, I love rhubarb. I planted it in my community garden. Bonus - it's low in calories, high in fibre and has a very low glycemic load. I sweeten mine with stevia so there are no added sugar calories.

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      ChristyZ 3 years ago

      This is great, I freeze bread, cookies, berries...just about everything...but it never occurred to me that I could freeze rhubarb, lol. This is terrific info and I love the rhubarb crisp recipe. :)

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      i like fruits.dishes made with the fruits i love to eat.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      We live in an apartment, so no we don't grow rhubarb, but I wouldn't turn it down if someone who grows more than they can handle would offer me some. Sometimes I buy a little bit and put it with strawberries in a pie. Love rhubarb!

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      Otto Phillips 3 years ago

      I like strawberry rhubarb pie and the crisp you have shown here looks delicious. Congrats on Lens of the Day!

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      WeaselPuppy 3 years ago

      Now I want to go plant some rhubarb! I keep looking for garden plants I won't kill.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Really awesome lens. Congratulations for the LOTD!

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      ConnieGreen LM 3 years ago

      I have just recently become a fan of rhubarb, so I appreciate your information here.

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      amosvee 3 years ago

      I have a lot of rhubarb available in my late father's garden, but I'm afraid I've let it go too long. Is it ok, as long as it isn't visibly woody?

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      sybil watson 3 years ago

      This brings back memories of my mom's delicious strawberry/rhubarb pie. Congratulations on being awarded LOTD.

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      Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      I used to grow rhubarb in England, but have not given it a try in Canada. It likes sunny areas but tends to take over and then shade all the other plants. It is a rheum and will grow other plats from the roots and hence tends to take over. We really should grow it as we have horses and it loves horse manure to grow in. I am glad you got the Lotd for such an informative lens. Added bonus recipe too!

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      Shelly Sellers 3 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      My son had a taste of rhubarb pie at a friend's house yesterday and loved it!

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      philipcaddick 3 years ago

      I would love to grow it, I need to find someone with some plants that they can split up for me . Some very useful information in this Lens. Thanks

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I don't grow Rhubarb but I am a fan of Strawberry Rhubarb pie. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      Peter Badham 3 years ago from England

      Can't believe nobody has mentioned Rhubarb Crumble (or is that a real English thing?). Anyway, they don't have it in Mallorca, introduced it my friends there and they loved it! Can see a frozen exporting business happening with your tips :)

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      lionmom100 3 years ago

      I love rhubarb, but once had to kill a plant that was taking over the world. Would love to have some again, but I'm leery of its expansionist tendencies. I'm looking for a spot in my garden for one. It's is very pretty too.

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      KnitnPurlGirl 3 years ago

      I usually use it in muffins or I cook it up with strawberries. A good lens!

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      SusanAston 3 years ago

      The leaves are dangerous. But if you boil them up in a stained saucepan, they will clean the saucepan really well.

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      Would love to have some rhubarb to bake up in a pie right about now. More than reason enough to keep frozen rhubarb in the freezer all year long. Just stopping back by to congratulate you on LotD. Very pleased for you, my friend.

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      Wilf Catt 3 years ago from Leicester, England

      When cooking rhubarb, add some Angelica to offset the rhubarb's tartness.

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      Raymond Eagar 3 years ago

      Good lens , my mom made rhubarb pie and I loved it .

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      Pat Goltz 3 years ago

      I like tart, but not rhubarb or turnip. Must be a body chemistry thing. On the other hand, the last thing I need is something laxative, and this may have turned me off when I was really little. Thanks for the information. The recipe sounds nice; may try it with something else. Also won't include the sugar. And margarine is made from vegetable oils, most of which are genetically engineered these days. I stick to butter.

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      hkhollands 3 years ago

      Congratulations on lens of the day! I don't grow my own rhubarb, but I get some from my dad's garden. I l love it.

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      SevenSistersRoses 3 years ago

      Always wanted to try Rhubarb jam, but I've never heard of a recipe seen it eaten any other way. Thought it wasn't very popular.

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      Kay 3 years ago

      Other than in pie, I don't believe I've ever had rhubarb. Going to remedy that! Congratulations on LotD. You put together a beautiful page!

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      @SevenSistersRoses: There were six kids in my family and my dad had only an elementary school education so we always had a garden to supplement his income. Not too much went to waste with eight mouths to feed

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      Mary Stephenson 3 years ago from California

      I have not had rhubarb in years. Love rhubarb pie, cobbler, crisp, jam and just cooked. Like it raw also. It is especially good with strawberries and rhubarb in a pie. My mother in-law had given me a no cook recipe for rhubarb jam made with jello, I remember it being really good and very easy to do.

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      Jeri Baker 3 years ago

      Most years, yes. This year I just did not get around to planting rhubarb...shame on me!

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      Erin Mellor 3 years ago from Europe

      Sadly not, but I was in Yorkshire this weekend, so picked up the best rhubarb in the world. I won't get to do anything with it for a few days so these freezing tips are perfect.

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      Colin323 3 years ago

      Yes, eat it too - and there's not much left for freezing afterwards! It goes well with stem ginger, cooked in a little orange juice.

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      Ann Hinds 3 years ago from So Cal

      Mine is growing really well and we do eat it.

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      Titia Geertman 3 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      Congrats on your LOTD, but I really don't know what mosquitoes have to do with rhubarb.

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      @Titia: We have tons of mosquitoes where I grew up so when you go into the garden you find them there and quickly lol.

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      Judy Filarecki 3 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      I just got a few roots from a friend of mine so hopefully I will have my own rhubarb for a long time to come.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      My mom used to grow her own rhubarb

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I don't but I do love it with strawberries. Upside-down strawberry and rhubarb cake - pretty good!

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      KentuckyGal LM 3 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! We don't even have a garden yet, because we just moved into this house last week. But it's got a GREAT garden space and my fingers are just itchin' to dig in the dirt! My mother was from Switzerland, and I remember some great recipes with rhubarb.

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      Jack2205 3 years ago

      We used to have some plants in the garden and we made strawberry rhubarb pie a lot.

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      ChanKaMun 3 years ago

      Great read. I don't normally plant stuff but I do have some lemongrass in my backyard which comes in pretty handy at times. Rhubarb seems like something I should have in my garden too.

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      Valerie Smith 3 years ago from New Zealand

      I used to grow my own rhubarb but haven't done so for a couple of years. Your lens makes me want to grow it again :)

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      Nnadi bonaventure Chima 3 years ago from Johanesburg

      Nice lens and important vegetable

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      RoadMonkey 3 years ago

      Love rhubarb, especially with custard, and used to make rhubarb jam, many years ago, but never actually thought of freezing it!

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      gregxavier 3 years ago

      My mom used to make a great Rhubarb pie,also when i was a kid i loved to it Rhubarb raw that my mom grew

      in her garden.Wow it was sour but i loved it!

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      Tom Maybrier 3 years ago

      Rhubarb is so under-appreciated!

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      DebMartin 3 years ago

      Oh do I love rhubarb. I never thought of adding the sugar before I freeze it. That certainly makes preparation easy. Although I guess it would take up more freezer space. I'll experiment. Thanks!

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      @Tom Maybrier: I do so love it in apple crisp. I took one to a potluck once and one lady kept quizzing me because her apple crisp just did not taste like mine lol. Rhubarb just gives that little extra zing.

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      Hal Gall 3 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      I love rhubarb pie with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream on top!

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I don't grow it, but my grandparents sure did and they made all their jams and pies with it - I remember picking them and dipping them in sugar to eat them when I was little -- good memories :)

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      Corrinna Johnson 2 years ago from BC, Canada

      I have a big patch that is almost ready to be harvested! Can't wait to make a rhubarb pie!

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      hikingagain 2 years ago

      when you thaw the frozen rhubarb, is it mushy?

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      Lorelei Cohen 2 years ago from Canada

      @hikingagain: Yes it loses its crispness but maintains all its flavor. It works great in baking or jam.

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      Moe Wood 2 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      Excellent idea for harvesting from garden. I don't grow rhubarb. It was one of the first things I got rid of when we moved in. Hated it as a kid.

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      RoadMonkey 2 years ago

      Yes, I love rhubarb and we have enough to share with neighbours too.

      Didn't know you could freeze rhubarb. Thanks.

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      John Dyhouse 2 years ago from UK

      We are never without rhubarb in the freezer. It is a marvellous staple and I love it in a crumble. The sweet pastry is a great foil to the tartness of the rhubarb.

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      anonymous 2 years ago

      We've had rhubarb in our garden since we started it back in 2001. This is the first year that it's not doing well at all. A maple tree has grown up near it and I think it's too shady. I need to look up how to move it because I think it needs more sun. I'm sad without rhubarb this year!

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      Susan Zutautas 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      No but I love rhubarb.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 2 years ago from United States

      Freezing rhubarb is something I have never tried before. Thank you for the in-depth and detailed instructions.

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