Family Favorites...Freezing Rhubarb

  My rhubarb, that is growing in a pot, has enjoyed the cool wet weather we have had this spring. I had picked it three times and thought I would let it grow and the roots get a good start. Well, I ended up picking it again. This time I was busy doing other things so decided to freeze it. So many fruits are work to freeze, but rhubarb and blueberries are some of the easy ones. If using it in a dessert or pie do not thaw as it will get watery. Just use as is.  According to the Ball Blue Book of Canning and Freezing, which is the way I have always done it, this is simple, quick and foolproof. Four steps and you are done. 
 I have now transplanted the rhubarb into the ground as it got too large for the pot. It seems to be quite happy there and I have picked it three times this spring and it still could be picked again.
Freezing Rhubarb
Transplanted to garden
Remove leaves and ends discarding any blemished spots.
Wash under running water, I always drain and let dry so there is no extra moisture.
Cut into one inch lengths (or size you prefer)

Dry Pack: Measure out the amount you have so you know when you go to use it. Place in freezer bags, freezer containers or plastic freezer jars. I prefer freezer bags so you can spread it out and freeze flat. Seal, label and freeze.

Sugar Pack: Mix 1 part sugar to 4 parts rhubarb. Allow to stand until sugar is dissolved. Pack rhubarb into plastic freezer jars or plastic freezer containers. Seal; label and freeze.

Try your rhubarb is these recipes:

Rhubarb Cream Pie

Rhubarb Squares

Rhubarb Sour Cream Crumb Cake


  1. Oh, what a tease. Love rhubarb, and that is one thing I really miss since leaving Iowa is my rhubarb patch.
    Unable to grow it here in Texas. :-[ Too hot in the summer and not cold enough temperatures in the winter.
    Frozen, Store bought just isn't the same as fresh, home grown.

    1. Sorry about that, Our older sister lived in Texas for years and mourned not having rhubarb also. I have bought the frozen store bought also and you are right it is not the same.

  2. Love rhubarb, great info. Have a wonderful day.

    1. Thanks Sherry, I am going to pick it once more this weekend. The rain has kept it going and it has not flowered yet, so one ore pie for us.


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