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Rhubarb DIY Party

Back in March, we asked you get together offline and preserve some rhubarb -- obviously, we had to throw our own party too.

See below for videos and a slideshow from last weekend's rhubarb-fest at the amazing Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center in Brooklyn, where 12 of us (including the food52 editorial team) hung out, drank coffee, and made 2 kinds of rhubarb preserves: savory Strawberry Rhubarb & Caramelized Onion Jam from the blog Local Kitchen, and a Rhubarb Orange Marmalade from 1876, published in The Essential New York Times Cookbook. Both are excellent recipes -- written nearly a century and a half apart!  -- and we were all happy to walk away with a couple jars of each.

We can't wait to see the results of everyone else's adventures in rhubarbing from all over the country. Be sure to email any photos and other details in to [email protected] by June 1st and we'll post them here.

A buzzing kitchen, plus close-ups on the jams nearing completion.

Our jam-jarring assembly line.

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Comments (15)


over 4 years ago mcs3000

Awesome pics and recap. I just canned some of Mrs. Wheelbarrow's delicious strawberry mint jam today in Weck jars :)


over 4 years ago MaineFoodieFinds

This is making me miss the rhubarb patch I had in my backyard when I was a kid! Just added your site to my Maine Foodie Finds blogroll . . . Looking forward to keeping up with all your great adventures!


over 4 years ago ninadora

the rhubarb orange marmalade is to die for!


over 4 years ago Burnt Offerings

Can't wait for the DC version this Sunday at Mrs. Wheelbarrow's!


over 4 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

I'm a WECK addict. Bought my first (and currently only pot), full of preserved apricots....just for the jar - a steal at 3 euros!


over 4 years ago local kitchen

So honored that you made my recipe! But, credit where credit is due: it's an adaptation of a Michel Nischan recipe, from the fabulous cookbook Homegrown Pure & Simple (and the equally fabulous Dressing Room restaurant in Westport, CT).

Looks like you all had a fun & productive day! I'm on my fourth rhubarb preserve of the season and there is no end in sight. (Oh, rhubarb. I just can't quit you.)

Happy rhubarbing!
Kaela @ Local Kitchen


over 4 years ago enbe

I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one who, in moments of chaos, mixes things on the floor. That's the problem with a tiny kitchen.


over 4 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

What an enviably wonderful day!


over 4 years ago wssmom

I am soooooo sad I was out of town for this!


over 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Me too!


over 4 years ago Lizthechef

Would love to know who everybody is in the photo - what a great experience!


over 4 years ago Kristen Miglore

Kristen is the Executive Editor of Food52

Click through the slideshow at the bottom of the post -- everyone is named there!


over 4 years ago Lizthechef

Thanks, Kristen, I finally tumbled to it...


over 4 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Looks like you guys had FUN! The jams sound great and yes, the Weck jars are fabulous!


over 4 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Yes! I'm so jealous of the Weck jars. Though I do love me a good mason jar as well.