How to prepare rhubarb

How to prepare rhubarb
Rhubarb and its characteristic flavour can be the basis of delicious desserts, but it needs to be prepared a certain way before using.
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Last modified on: October 13th 2010

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For 600 g, you will need:
  • 1 rhubarb 750 g rhubarb
  • Total weight: 750 grams

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Stage 1 - 2 min.
How to prepare rhubarb : Photo of step #1
Start by trimming off the ends of each stalk, so that it's neat and fresh. Discard the offcuts.

Stage 2 - 1 min.
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Take a stalk, and with a small knife or vegetable peeler, detach the (reddish) skin at one end and pull away to reveal the green flesh.

Stage 3 - 1 min.
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Pull the skin down to the end of the stalk and discard.

Do this all round, so that it is left completely green.

Stage 4 - 1 min.
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A little skin might be left towards the end of the stalk, so be sure to remove this too.

Stage 5 - 20 min.
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You should now have a stalk that is completely peeled.

Prepare all the stalks in this way.

Stage 6 - 5 min.
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Next cut the stalks into small pieces.

Stage 7
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Your rhubarb is now ready for use.

Stage 8
You can see details on this video.
Rhubarb stems that you buy should be firm, easily snapped and nice and red. If still green, they are not properly ripe; if soft, they are too old.

I do not believe, contrary to many other recipes, that it's necessary to blanche rhubarb before using on account of its acidity, and besides, this characteristic acidity is a feature of rhubarb that's well worth conserving.
Several days in the fridge, in a closed jar.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
120 Kcal or 502 Kj4 gr26 gr0 gr
6 %1 %2 %0 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
16 Kcal or 67 Kj1 gr4 gr0 gr
1 %<1 %<1 %0 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
How much will it cost?
  • For 600 g : 1.50 €

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Home made.
This recipe uses (among others)
RhubarbRhubarb: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Rhubarb tart, Breton apple and rhubarb tart , Stewed rhubarb, ... All
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