Just when you think you’ve tried all the rhubarb recipes on the planet, then comes…
Oh, sure, you can find rhubarb pickle recipes online, but I found most of them to be impractical, with silly ingredients and silly instructions.
My motto is to keep it simple, tasty, healthy, and quick, which I tried to accomplish in my last recipe:
First Rhubarb: My excuse to dream up a new recipe where I make rhubarb muffins using a handy, multi-purpose, whole wheat muffin mix.
Back to the pickles…
Either way you serve them, rhubarb pickles are rosy-pink beautiful and they’re inspiring.
Why? Because crazy recipes like this will likely prod you to explore new, culinary heights.
Okay, once you get your creative [pickled] juices flowing, you’ll discover all kinds of ways to add rhubarb pickles to all sorts of dishes.
They’re a pickle lover’s pickle, and you can re-use the liquid, too.
I bet they’d be great sliced thin and packed on a veggie burger.
2 cups vinegar (cider or white)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons pickling spices
1 piece (1-1/2 inch) fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
Peel from 1 orange
3 cups fresh rhubarb, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces
In a non-aluminum medium saucepan, combine the vinegar, sugar, salt, pickling spices. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes. Slice orange peel into strips and add it with ginger to the pan. Cool liquid to room temp. Spoon rhubarb into glass jar(s). Ladle in the cooled brine mixture. Cover and refrigerate pickles for one week before eating. They will keep refrigerated for many months.
How to eat a rhubarb pickle
There’s life after rhubarb pie. As I said, you can add pickled rhubarb to coleslaws, fruit salads, and tossed greens…
Soups, stews, baked potatoes, steamed yams, and tuna salad…
Slice them up for sandwiches and decorate your favorite chicken and seafood dishes. Start by packing an H&G’d (headed and gutted) whole salmon with rhubarb pickles before baking or grilling.
When all the pickled bits are gone from the jar, use the leftover vinegar for a tasty salad dressing base.
There you have it: Rhubarb pickles!
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NOTE: This article was originally published in the Kodiak Daily Mirror, the hometown newspaper for Kodiak, Alaska. You can access the archive page for my past columns, written each week since 1986].
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