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DIY Group Project: Rhubarb Preserves in D.C., Boston and Austin

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In March, we asked you guys to get together -- in person -- and do some rhubarb preserving, then report back to us. Then, a few weeks ago, we told you about our party we threw in Brooklyn.

Now we're bringing you three more DIY rhubarb parties from around the country -- Boston, Austin and D.C. All three came up with some great preparations for their rhubarb. Below is a video the D.C. group made -- check them out in action! Then, browse through the slideshows below to see what they made.

Thanks to everyone for participating so enthusiastically in our crazy plan -- we knew you wouldn't disappoint!

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about 4 years ago Brook (LearnToPreserve) did I miss this?
Last week I hosted a RhubarbLove Potluck at the DrySoda Tasting Room in Seattle, with about 25 people bringing rhubarb dishes. There was an amazing assortment of (mostly sweet) dishes, but a few savory as well. We also had raw rhubarb chunks to dip in little paper cups full of white sugar, an old-fashioned treat that took many people back to their childhoods.
Thanks to our venue host, Sharelle Klaus, CEO of Dry Soda, we had tasty cocktails made from Dry Rhubarb Soda to round out the whole rhubarb-centric experience.
I am definitely going to do it again next year. It was such a hit I think I may have to move it to a bigger venue!
I make a lot of things with rhubarb as the main ingredient: bitters, drinking vinegar, pickles, jams & jellies, and chutneys, but the most popular thing seems to be Roasted Rhubarb Ketchup!
I really enjoyed reading about the DIY Parties, and the follow-up comments as well. Maybe you'll be hearing from our corner of the country next year!
Brook -


about 4 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Looking at these slideshows makes me so happy! You guys are the best. Wish I'd been able to go to all of the rhubarb parties! (P.s. Rhubarb brandy: genius)


about 4 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

It looks like everyone had a great time. I wish I could've joined in. Maybe next time!!


about 4 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

Oh, would have loved to be there. Oui Chef. Oui Chefs.


about 4 years ago latoscana

Is there a more agreeable way to spend an afternoon than chopping and stirring and chatting through several batches of pickles and preserves? And aargersi is an amazing hostess with an abundant garden and a great cook's kitchen - our grilled pizza was in a class by itself.


about 4 years ago arielleclementine

So true! I even tried to duplicate that pizza the next week so my husband could taste it! It was good, but not as good as Abbie's!


about 4 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

It was so fun and we will do it again for sure! Hey DC-ers - our pickles turned super mushy so we chopped them into relish - did yours stay crisp? Where did we go wrong?


about 4 years ago Sagegreen

So sorry I could not join you! Btw my lacto-fermented diced rhubarb pickles worked out really well.They were never cooked, but of course are just refrigerator pickles.


about 4 years ago TiggyBee

I was *this close* to joining you guys!!! Looks like you all had so much fun!!


about 4 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Next time for sure TiggyB!!!


about 4 years ago Helen's All Night Diner

We had such a great time! Can't wait to get together again. Great pictures from the other groups!


about 4 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Such a great time! Truly. :)


about 4 years ago Sagegreen

So great to see all of these! Thanks for sharing the images. It helps give those of us who could not get together a sense of being there. Fun to see members we haven't yet met, as well as friends we have. Baby Henry fits right in! Love those DC rhubarb pickle stalks.


about 4 years ago arielleclementine

Henry had a blast :)


about 4 years ago singing_baker

Wow all of these parties looked like so much fun! I wish I could've come to all of them. Baby Henry is adorable by the way! I love the onesie with the milk and cookies on it.


about 4 years ago arielleclementine

Thank you!