what shall I do with the three rather large sticks of rhubarb my fil has given me?

(41 Posts)
lucysmam Fri 12-Jul-13 13:06:30

Please bear in mind that there is only me who will eat it in the house so any suggestions must be freezeable...

tyvm in advance smile

lucysmam Fri 12-Jul-13 13:08:41

oh and where should I keep it between now and making something with it please? smile

Take the leaves off and keep it in the fridge.
You could make a crumble and freeze portions. Its enough for one family crumble.
Or a rhubarb compote is lovely - simmer it in orange juice and plenty of sugar until it just collapses. Fab for stirring into yogurt.

WildThongsHeartString Fri 12-Jul-13 13:15:38

old Scottish recipe

wash and cut into 6 inch pieces
put 1 cup of sugar into a brown paper bag
dip the damp rhubarb in the sugar
sook the sugar off the rhubarb

repeat until sugar is gone

throw away the rhubarb

I'm not joking!

lucysmam Fri 12-Jul-13 13:23:06

grin Wild, I seem to recall doing that when my dad had a rhubarb plant!

Crumble....why didn't I think of crumble! They'll eat the topping with me for pud...brilliant & I have a few small ramekin-ish dishes I could make myself mini ones in

SerBrienne Fri 12-Jul-13 13:36:58

Rhubarb and strawberry crumble is divine.

Or you could give them to the kids for 'swordfights'.

LeBFG Fri 12-Jul-13 13:41:09

Compote is best - nicely chilled in this weather. Yum. You can always add cream or vanilla ice-cream for some extra calories and/or sprinkle broken flapjacks/museli things on top for an alternative to crumble. Freezes of course superbly.

It does freeze excellently, I try and save some for the winter to go in porridge.

daisychicken Fri 12-Jul-13 18:01:02

Stewed rhubarb.... eaten alone or with cream or with yoghurt - yum!

JamNan Fri 12-Jul-13 21:18:11

Stew it gently with orange juice, ginger (if liked) and sugar. Freeze in small portions. It's lovely with yoghourt, and on muesli/breakfast cereal or on its own. Makes lovely jam too.

Dollybird86 Fri 12-Jul-13 21:23:02

Rhubarb Eton mess! There a recipe on the river cottage website that's really good.

Makinglists Fri 12-Jul-13 21:24:56

Stew with sugar (lots) - cool and it with plain yoghurt - yum

Fragglewump Fri 12-Jul-13 21:41:27

At a good festival recently they used stewed rhubarb with lemonade to make a long refreshing drink. I might try it with fizzy wine!!

ShotgunNotDoingThePans Fri 12-Jul-13 21:51:52

Another vote for rhubarb and strawberry crumble - absolute bliss!
Best crumble topping ever is Nigella's using sr flour and a high fat/sugar content - never fails.

Jenijena Fri 12-Jul-13 21:53:20

Rhubarb & ginger jam is lovely smile

lucysmam Fri 12-Jul-13 22:18:34

I half wish I hadn't asked.....so many yummy things to do and I only have three sticks of the stuff! Wonder how hard it is to grow...

OhTiger Fri 12-Jul-13 22:23:12

It's super easy to grow! Planted a root thing from the garden centre a few months ago and it's massive. But a random passing gardener said I shouldn't cut it this year, it's first, or it will die. Is that true? Because I have a massive amount of tempting rhubarb that I can't use and it's really not fair!

MarjorieAntrobus Fri 12-Jul-13 22:32:35

I think it's really easy to grow. We have some, planted years ago and not by us, that just keeps on going and it is squeezed between the bonfire and the compost heap so not in the most salubrious place. I don't do anything to it, but every year I get a few crumbles worth of rhubarb from it.

No idea about the first year thing though.

lucysmam Sat 13-Jul-13 16:16:27

Wonder if my dad might take me for a wander to a garden centre over the next few days....if they're not fussed where they go then I doubt a plant would mind being in my dodgy garden confused

OhTiger Sat 13-Jul-13 17:07:15

could you ask them about the first year thing for me? smile

OhTiger Sat 13-Jul-13 17:07:27

could you ask them about the first year thing for me? smile

OhTiger Sat 13-Jul-13 17:07:41

oops

lucysmam Sat 13-Jul-13 18:49:34

If I manage to convince my dad to take me I will find out....'tis unlikely though...he avoids spending much time with me confused

lucysmam Sat 13-Jul-13 18:58:43

Have just text my dad to ask him about garden centre....he said no to this weekend for that but he has a plant in the garden, said yes you can cut it in first year, will just be a bit weak. But don't eat the leaves!

Hassled Sat 13-Jul-13 19:02:44

If you have a compost bin, the leaves are brilliant compost - they seem to have some secret magic properties which make everything around it rot down really well.

I think the first year thing might be rubbish - I'm sure I harvested my rhubarb the first year it grew.

OhTiger Sat 13-Jul-13 22:21:38

Excellent! The plant is massive! Thank you!

ComtessedeFrouFrou Sat 13-Jul-13 22:24:07

Rhubarb schnapps!

We have a cherry vodka (from teeny bird cherries) about to happen. Happy days!

mawbroon Sat 13-Jul-13 23:25:55

Rhubarb fool is my fave. My parents get about 60lbs off their plants each year, so quite a lot comes my way!!

It's also really good in place of pineapple in an upside-down cake. And, if you can get hold of some, a very small dash of rosewater with the rhubarb when cooking it really brings out the flavours nicely.

K8Middleton Sat 13-Jul-13 23:56:40

Eat it raw with sugar. Yummy.

Otherwise, macerated and stirred into a fool or Eton Mess, or put in clafoutis instead of cherries.

Or cut it into chunks, halve and cook in a pan with butter and sugar to make caramel and put in an almond flan instead of pears. There's a good pear flan in the recipes section you could adapt.

HazeltheMcWitch Sun 14-Jul-13 00:39:48

OOh, rhubarb and vanilla jam?

HarrietSchulenberg Sun 14-Jul-13 01:21:16

Was about to post about rhubarb and vanilla or rhubarb and ginger jams but been beaten to it. Good recipes are out there on t'internet and supereasy to make.

If plant is strong and healthy just harvest sparingly in first year. Next year onwards you'll get more.

And be prepared: it literally disappears in the autumn and early winter. I had no idea and thought my plants had died, but no! Up they popped again in Jan/Feb.

Wuldric Sun 14-Jul-13 01:43:16

The first year thing is right - honestly, tempting though it is, do not harvest rhubarb in the first year. Here's a useful link.

OhTiger Sun 14-Jul-13 11:51:30

thanks for that Wuldric smile I'll resist.

mrsdinklage Sun 14-Jul-13 12:05:11

Rhubarb vodka smile and I think I'll go and get a plant too

XBenedict Sun 14-Jul-13 12:06:48

Made a rather nice rhubarb cocktail last night, would highly recommend making a rhubarb syrup which can then be added to a little fizz (alcoholic or non) to make a very nice refreshing summery drink. smile

Laquila Sun 14-Jul-13 12:09:10

I made a delicious rhubarb and custard cake a couple of weeks ago - it was from the BBC recipes site.

Or, you could cook it down to a compote with sugar and maybe a bit of orange juice, ginger and/or cinnamon, and then strain off the syrup to make an amazing sugar syrup for cocktails. Delicious in a mojito!

XBenedict Sun 14-Jul-13 12:13:29

Oh no, didn't know about the first year advice. Might harvest a little more sparingly from now although we have loads!!

Wuldric Sun 14-Jul-13 12:23:02

I learned the hard way sad Harvested sparingly the first year. The plants never saw a second year. I'm starting again though because I love a bit of rhubarb!

EeyoreIsh Sun 14-Jul-13 12:30:03

mmmmm rhubarb. I love rhubarb. I'd compote it and eat cold on its own.

Thanks for the advice about not harvesting in the first year. I'm going to grow some on our new allotment and hadn't realised this.

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