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Friday, June 26, 2009

Do you eat Rhubarb?






For years when my dear mother in law would bring in rhubarb from her garden, I would secretly make a face.  That is until I tasted her cobblers and pies mixed with strawberries and all the other yummy things she came up with for this very tart fruit.  Anything is good if you add enough sugar to it..   ;) ;)


My mother gave me a good sized bundle of rhubarb recently and while she was with me we decided to turn it into jam.  After scouring many cookbooks we came up with a rhubarb/strawberry recipe.  We actually reduced the sugar and it worked, I think because there was strawberry jello in the recipe.  Using pectin, you normally have to be very careful about altering the sugar amounts.


My daughter was home for a visit shortly thereafter and she was very much interested in using the remaining rhubarb to learn how to make jam.  There was another recipe that struck my fancy and it was blueberry/rhubarb jam!  Uummmmm


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We loved the flavor of this.  I could eat my weight in peanut butter and jelly sandwiches made with this jam!





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Here we are carefully filling the hot jars.



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Very good breakfast…

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Blue-Barb Jam

5 c. rhubarb, diced

1 c. water

5 c. sugar

1 can blueberry pie filling

2 (3oz.) pkgs raspberry jello

Cook rhubarb in water until tender.  Add sugar and cook a few minutes longer, stirring constantly.  Add pie filling and cook 8 more minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in jello.  Stir until dissolved.  Pour into jars.  Store in refrigerator or freezer OR seal.  Variations:  can use apricot pie filling or strawberry or raspberry.  Just wonderful!

*My note*  I reduced sugar to 4 c.  This did not set up real firm, but is also not runny, just nicely spreadable.  Great flavor!


I know I am late posting today, but I still wanted to add my recipe with all the great cooks at Designs by Gollum .  This is such a wonderful Friday feature that I really look forward to.  Have you had time to search all the Foodie Friday posts today? 


Anonymous said...

The Blueberry, rhubarb jam sounds...and looks wonderful. I bet it really tasted great.

Domestic Designer said...

Thanks for the recipe. I have never cooked with rhubarb but this sounds like something I would like.

Mary Bergfeld said...

What a wonderful recipe. It looks beautiful and I'm sure it tastes as good as it looks. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Tootsie said...

I like it straight from the garden too!!! thanks for the recipe!

southerninspiration said...

I've never cooked with it either, but I love the name, Blue-Barb!!! cute and I bet it's pretty tasty!!


Unknown said...

I have never done much with rhubarb, but I may just have to seek some out and give this a try. It sounds tasty!

Laura said...

I have never cooked with rhubarb but now I have a great recipe! Thanks-


Unknown said...

Your jam really sounds good!


Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

It has been years since I've had any rhubarb. Gramma used to grow it in the garden. I have so many fond memories of helping her cut it off the stalks and then help prepare it.. thanks for bringing those wonderful memories back..
hugs ~lynne~

Lori (All That Splatters) said...

This sounds (and looks) wonderful! This post puts me in a jam-making mood. :D

Unknown said...

Donna, I've never tried it, but your Blue-Barb Jam looks so delicious! I love jam, boysenberry (seedless of course) is my favorite. I am going to add your recipe to my list. I've never made jam before so this should be fun!

Thanks for sharing!


~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Never tried jam with jello. Must give this a try. Thanks.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Paula@SweetPea said...

Mmm... Your recipe sounds really good. I haven't had rhubard in a long, long time. My grandfather used to grow it.

Anonymous said...

Hi Donna! How rhubarb brings back childhood memories I forgot! We used to eat it raw as kids picked fresh from the woods!lol or wherever it was!lol My mother in law makes a mean strawberry/rhubarb pie too! How fun your daughter was interested in learning with you! Enjoy! (I'm trying to catch up this afternoon on visits!)lol Sincerely, Jeannette

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

We used to pick it out of yard,wash it and dip into was a real treat for us!!Great post,hope this finds you well,Chrissy

Adrienne said...

trying this recipe out as i write this... picked up some rhubarb this morning. it made for interesting conversation in the grocery line. :) can't wait to taste! thanks!