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Rhubarb - Vanilla Jam

April 30, 2010
2 Ratings
  • Serves 1/2 pint
Author Notes

Tangy rhubarb and smooth vanilla make a great treat for toast or scones. This recipe makes just 1/2 pint and doesn't involve a complicated canning process, so it's perfect for an easy weekend brunch. - TheRunawaySpoon —TheRunawaySpoon

Test Kitchen Notes

TheRunwaySpoon's jam recipe is extremely easy to follow and the quality of the ingredients shine through. The vanilla is very fragrant and such a great match for the rhubarb. I would have liked it with a little less sugar, but then again I like things a little tart. I made a second batch with 1/2 cup of brown sugar instead of 1 cup of white sugar and thought it had more depth. That being said, it's so tasty that you only need a spoon, no toast necessary here! - Culinista Annouchka —The Editors

What You'll Need
  • 8 3/4 ounces rhubarb
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 vanilla bean
  1. Chop the rhubarb into small pieces and place in a heavy saucepan with the sugar and water.
  2. Split the vanilla bean and scrape out the seeds with the flat side of a knife and drop into the pan. Add the bean.
  3. Stir the mixture over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved, stirring to scrape the bottom. Continue cooking over medium heat, stirring and breaking up the fruit with the back of the spoon. Cook for about 20 minutes until the jam is thick, just shy of spreadable, as it will thicken when it cools.
  4. Remove the vanilla bean and discard. Carefully spoon the hot jam into a half-pint jar and leave unsealed to cool. When cool, screw on the lid and refrigerate.
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4 Reviews

Stephanie G. March 1, 2016
I just wanted you to know I make this all the time. It has become a staple in my fridge. I use half brown sugar now and sometimes just add vanilla extract at the end. Love this jam.
Just made this jam today - perfection!
Stephanie G. February 16, 2011
Hi! Can you tell me how much rubarb to add? I need to get a scale...wanted to make soon! Sounds delicious.
Kristen M. May 23, 2011
So sorry this comment went unnoticed till now! Based on this recipe from The Kitchn, 8 1/2 oz. rhubarb would be about 2 cups or 3 long stalks: http://www.thekitchn.com/thekitchn/dessert/spring-dessert-recipe-roasted-rhubarb-clafouti-145378