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Homemade rhubarb preserves is an easy recipe with only 3 ingredients! I had a bunch left over in the freezer from last year’s crop and before I harvested this years first stalks I needed to clear it out. Mr P, my husband, and I were talking about what makes something a jelly, a jam or preserves. My family has always called this rhubarb jelly. In short: Jelly is translucent fruit spread, jam is made with pectin and has even consistency, a preserve is made from fruit and sugar and can have a chunky texture. It really doesn’t matter and all the words are pretty interchangeable. (I really just thought preserves sounded better!)
Rhubarb is my best crop in our garden it comes back every year. Rhubarb is a wonderful plant and every plant that I know of has a history. I brought a jar of these preserves to give to a neighbor and she said her plant was from a friend whose plant dated back at least 100 years. That got me thinking about our rhubarb. I got our plant from my parents’ garden. They got their rhubarb from their past house that was on a farm. The farm was run by the same family since the 1800’s. So who knows how old my rhubarb plant is. This year I am splitting it a little to give to a friend. That is the best way to propagate rhubarb is to split it in early spring before the leaves get too big to decrease the amount of shock to the plant.
Onto the Preserves!
Like I mentioned this takes only 3 ingredients: sugar, rhubarb and jello!
I used strawberry jello, but you can use any flavor combination you prefer. Cherry and raspberry also pair well with the rhubarb. Besides the rhubarb plant coming from my mom, all of my rhubarb recipes have also be handed down through our family. My mom snapped a picture of her recipe card so I could follow it. I needed to call her for clarification of some things. I think this recipe card has been used once or twice.
I truely hope you enjoy this #tastytuesday recipe and follow along every Tuesday for new recipes that I create for my family. Let me know in the comments how old your rhubarb is and where you got it from!