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Canning, Freezing and Drying: Dehydrating rhubarb

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darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

April 10, 2012
5:36 PM

Post #9077597

I plan to try some this week, since I've read how much better it is than frozen rhubarb which simply turns to mush. (Which is okay for some rhubarb recipes like strawberry-rhubarb pie.)

This evening I picked about 20 humongous stalks (4.5 pounds) from just one of my 3 plants, plenty enough for some rhubarb BBQ sauce. I'll save one of the other 2 plants for rhubarb turnovers, and dehydrate the rest.
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 14, 2012
9:18 PM

Post #9082870

O.K. ~ I'm baited. I want to know your recipe for rhubarb BBQ sauce... it sounds wonderful. Is it posted on your blog?

I grew up eating rhubarb and have a fondness for it.

Tell me how well it dehydrates? I'm guessing the larger stalks will take longer.

My mother would not use the really large stalks, considering them too tough and inedible.

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

April 14, 2012
9:37 PM

Post #9082890

I posted the recipe here. It's really tasty!
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/p.php?pid=9078929

I cut more for a batch of vanilla bean-rhubarb jam, but then I didn't have any to dehydrate, thanks to a major hard freeze that night.
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 15, 2012
5:37 AM

Post #9083032

Thanks much, It does sound good. I've copied it and will pass it on to my MN kinfolk... or perhaps snag some rhubarb when home.

It will not grow here. Knew one old fellow that loved a gardening challenge. He would dig his up and keep it in the freezer over winter. He managed to keep it alive for a few years but it never really thrived. Yours will improve and multiply yearly.

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