Thursday, July 12, 2018

Rhubarb Jam

Everyone knows that certain foods can transport you right back to your childhood. For me, rhubarb jam is one of those foods. It was always an absolute favorite of mine. A special treat. Just thinking about it is making my mouth water.

I've always talked about rhubarb jam to my kids but they had never had a chance to try it. A couple of years ago I decided to remedy that and I planted rhubarb in my garden. You can't harvest the rhubarb for the first couple of seasons so this was the first year I could actually harvest and use the rhubarb.

I made the jam, and as predicted, it was a hit. A new favorite. Thank goodness I planted a lot of rhubarb. I will be making this all summer long.

The recipe is my grandmother's and it is ridiculously easy.

8 cups of rhubarb
4 cups of sugar (I try to cut the amount of sugar down if possible)
6 oz strawberry jell-o

Peel and destring the rhubarb and cut into small chunks.

Boil rhubarb and sugar on the stove (I add about a cup of water- just enough to coat bottom of kettle) for approximately 3-4 minutes until the rhubarb is tender.
Turn off heat and add jell-o.
Pour jam into jars and allow to cool.
Jelly can be refrigerated or frozen.


betty said...

It does look like an easy recipe! I was trying to figure out how you had time with all your stuff going on to make jam, but really the recipe seems to make itself :)



Bijoux said...

Rhubarb always makes me think of my aunt, who had a big rhubarb patch behind her garage. She lived on a farm in western Ohio. When we visited and it was in season, she would give us a big brown paper grocery bag full of rhubarb, we always made pies and strawberry rhubarb sauce with it. Enjoy and thanks for the memories!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I should try this, we have scads of the stuff!

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