Can You Freeze Rhubarb?

I went to the farmer’s market the other day to shop for some fresh vegetables, and I was able to purchase quite a lot of fresh rhubarbs. I love to use rhubarbs for pies and cobblers, or sometimes, just plainly cook them. I can’t use all the rhubarbs I bought in just one recipe, so would it be okay if I freeze them for longer storage?

Rhubarbs are good vegetables to store especially when you crave for some pies during the winter. The good thing about them is that you can freeze them for longer storage.

Freezing rhubarbs is a simple process, which only requires minimal steps. All you have to do is to clean them, cut the stalks based on your desired length, then put them in your freezer. They can last for months or even a year if stored well.

Can You Freeze Rhubarb?

You can freeze rhubarb, but be sure to only keep the stalks. Do not eat the rhubarb leaves because they are poisonous. If you do, be sure to seek medical attention immediately.

When freezing rhubarbs, be sure to select stalks that are firm, crisp and blemish-free, in order to achieve best results when you intend to use them.

If you do not plan to store rhubarbs immediately after you got them, be sure to leave about 2-3 inches of the leaves to keep the moisture in the stalk and help it stay fresh.

You can store rhubarbs in the fridge for two weeks but you can keep them in the freezer for a year you seal and store them well.

You can use frozen rhubarbs the same way you use the fresh ones – you can add them to your pies, cobblers, sauces, and other recipes.

You can immediately add frozen rhubarbs into your recipes while they are cooking but you can also partially thaw them in the fridge or in room temperature before using.

How to Freeze Rhubarb

The process of freezing rhubarbs is quick and easy. Here’s how to do it:

  • Wash the rhubarb stalks and pat them completely dry.
  • Cut off any wilted parts from the stalk, and remove the stringy parts. Don’t forget to remove all the leaves.
  • Chop the rhubarb into your desired length.
  • You can blanch the rhubarbs by submerging them into boiling water for a few minutes then putting them in an ice water bath to preserve their color and flavor. This step is optional and if you don’t have the time to do so, you can proceed immediately to step #5.
  • Spread the chopped rhubarb pieces on a baking tray in one layer with spaces in between them then put them in the freezer.
  • Once they have frozen, place them in air tight freezer bags or containers based on your desired measurement. It would be best to freeze your desired amounts in separate bags so you won’t need to thaw the entire bag or container.
  • Seal the containers then label them with the date. Place them in the freezer and use within a year.

Rhubarb Recipes

This rhubarb crumble recipe can make a great dessert for any season. Find out more about the recipe here:

Do you want to make a sweet treat for your friends who will be coming over? Try making this strawberry rhubarb custard pie to wow them!

Thought rhubarb is only intended for pies and meals? This rhubarb limeade can prove you wrong! See the recipe here:

Wrap Up

Yes, you can freeze rhubarb. Frozen rhubarb will last for 3-4 months in the freezer if stored properly. Follow these steps for freezing rhubarb: Remove the leaves, wash them in cold water, and cut into small pieces. Mix 1 cup of sugar per every 4 cups of rhubarb. Add in lemon juice and stir well to mix everything up. If you want a more intense flavor, you can add some strawberry or cherry jam. You can then freeze the mixture into containers or freezer bags (remember not to fill them to the brim). If you want to get rid of the excess water after thawing, use a saucepan to heat your mixture. Then strain it over a bowl and transfer into a storage container.

So, what has your experience with freezing rhubarb been like? I hope you were able to freeze it successfully and please don’t hesitate to share your experience with me in the comment section below.

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