Hot, sweet, and sour ginger rhubarb

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Author Notes: Working with my son I had the chance to put up a few small batches of rhubarb. A few more will follow this weekend. Whether you consider this a sweet pickle or a sour compote, it works incredibly well on a Umami burger recipe with stilton and port; my son found that recipe in June's Food and Wine.Sagegreen

Makes 6 four oz. jelly jars

  • 6 large stalks of rhubarb (@ 1.25 pounds)
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup of dark muscovado sugar
  • 1 inch long knob of peeled ginger
  • 1/8 cup yellow raisins
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange peel
  • zest of one lemon, Meyer preferred
  • 1 small serrano chili pepper (or jalapeno or poblano for less heat)
  • 1/2 sweet onion cut into thin rings, then halved, optional
  • 1 short stalk of lemon grass @4 inches
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons ruby port (or brown ale)
  • small pinch of sea salt
  1. The night before sprinkle half the brown sugar along the rhubarb stalks to help preserve the fruit later in cooking.
  2. The next day cut the rhubarb into 3/4 inch pieces. Add these with all the sugar into a sauce pan. Cut the ginger into tiny chunks. Split the pepper down the middle and remove the seeds. Combine all the ingredients in a pan and bring to a simmer. Cook until the rhubarb is tender, but still in tact. Remove the pepper and lemon grass before proceeding. This batch will be hot enough already.
  3. While hot, ladle into sterilized jelly jars, which you have boiled with lids for at least 10 minutes. Wipe the rims clean. Leave an inch of head room. Seal with two part lids. Let cool. Store in the refrigerator. Use within 1 month (conservatively). Serve with cheese, meat, toast, or even ice cream.
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over 3 years ago healthierkitchen

this looks so delicious! If we still have rhubarb at this weekend's market I will give it a try!

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over 3 years ago Sagegreen

Thank you, hk. We have been liking this a lot.

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over 3 years ago Lizthechef

How did I miss this?! Cannot wait for rhubarb to make it into our markets, always late in Southern CA for some odd reason.

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over 3 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks, Liz. This isn't entered into any contest. I have been missing tons of recipes this past month with the call of well, that day job! But this weekend I have unexpected free time with my company now arriving midweek...so I can cook away!

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over 3 years ago susan g

It's hot off the stove now, and quite a success. My husband says it's better than anything he's had before made of rhubarb. When the rhubarb is gone, I'm going to try steeping onion slices in it. And I don't think it will last long. One jar goes to the rhubarb grower, and the rest ...awaiting onion?

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over 3 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks so much for trying this, susan. Isn't it good? I had thought of onions, too. I think they would make a great addition! No need to worry about any canning issues, because it does go so quickly!

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over 3 years ago Sagegreen

I mean I think you could add some onions in with the rhubarb, as well as make separate onion ones, too, if you were out of rhubarb.

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over 3 years ago susan g

Confession: no port in the house, used Manischevitz. When you think about it, there's a bond!

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over 3 years ago Sagegreen

That substitution sounds great!