Rhubarb Freezer Jam

homemade rhubarb jam
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  • Total: 17 mins
  • Prep: 2 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Freezer Time: 8 hrs
  • Yield: 1 1/2 pints (48 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
153 Calories
0g Fat
38g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 1/2 pints (48 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 5mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Protein 1g
Calcium 98mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The bright red stalks of early spring rhubarb give this jam its lovely color as well as it's tangy flavor. You can make this delicious jam with no canning required. You will simply make it in a pot on your stovetop. It will keep in the refrigerator for up to one month, or in the freezer for up to six months.

Small containers no larger than a pint are recommended for this recipe, so that when you thaw one it isn't an overwhelming amount of jam to use up. Alternatively, fill quart-size freezer bags with 8 to 16 ounces of the jam.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups rhubarb (chopped, about 1 1/2 pounds rhubarb leaf stalks)
  • 3/4 to 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a medium-sized pot over low heat, place the rhubarb, water, and 3/4 cup of sugar to start. Stir constantly until all of the sugar is dissolved.

  3. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until the rhubarb pieces fall apart. When the compote is about as thick as applesauce, turn off the heat.

  4. Taste, then add additional sugar if you desire more sweetness. Keep in mind, though, that the sour flavor is part of what is special about rhubarb. If you do add additional sugar, return the heat to low and stir constantly until the sugar is completely dissolved.

  5. Fill freezer containers with the rhubarb jam, leaving an inch of headspace. Refrigerate or freeze the jam.

Recipe Variations

  • Strawberry-rhubarb is a classic combination. Simply replace half of the rhubarb with hulled, chopped strawberries and reduce the amount of sugar.
  • Ginger pairs wonderfully with rhubarb. Add 1 to 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger or 1 tablespoon finely chopped crystallized (candied) ginger to the recipe.
  • Turn the jam into rhubarb sorbet by chilling the jam in the refrigerator overnight (8 - 12 hours), or as long as 24 hours. Process in an ice cream machine according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Serving Suggestions

Rhubarb jam is great on toast. You can also use it as a topping for Brie to enjoy with crackers as an appetizer or to accompany a glass of wine. Warm it up and serve it with vanilla ice cream for a sweet-tart delight. Rhubarb jam also goes will with roasted pork.

Storage

Rhubarb jam will keep in the freezer for up to 6 months. It is still safe to eat after that but the quality will decline. Freshly made, unfrozen rhubarb jam will keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

Rhubarb Facts

  • Rhubarb is in the Rheum genus. It is originally from Siberia, so yes, it's cold-hardy. It's fairly easy to grow rhubarb, and although it would prefer full sun it will tolerate partial sun.

  • The leafstalks are the part we eat. The green parts of the leaves are toxic, which is why you never see rhubarb stalks for sale with the leaves attached.

  • Most commonly treated like a sour "fruit" and sweetened, rhubarb is also used as a vegetable in savory dishes.

  • Green rhubarb leafstalks (but not the leaves!) are also edible and their flavor is identical to the red ones.