This rhubarb freezer jam is perfect for bitter-sweet desserts this summer. Not to mention the real benefit: is a 3-ingredient recipe that is ready in no more than 20 minutes!
When my grandma used to grow rhubarb in her garden, I never understood its real use. I knew it was a vegetable, so when she baked pies with a rhubarb feeling I didn’t even want to taste the thing. Well, years passed, and I really changed my perspective on this celery-look-alike dude. The combination of the sweetness of strawberry jello and the bitterness and nice texture of the rhubarb is of this world! However, don’t take my world; let’s prepare some simple rhubarb jam together and decide for yourself.
Rhubarb Health Benefits
Rhubarb is being called by many in the food industry “the next fruit superfood,” due to its impressive nutritional profile. One cup serving of raw rhubarb means 2 grams of digestion-friendly fiber and only 26 calories. Also, it contains:
- Calcium: helps your bones to stay strong and your heart and muscles to function just right.
- Vitamin K: also helps the bones to develop properly. However, its main role is to help blood clotting.
- Vitamin C: as we all already know, it mainly supports our immune system. Additionally, this vitamin helps the body to form collagen in cartilage, muscles, bones, and blood vessels.
- Manganese: support the brain and nerve function.
- Potassium: an adequate potassium diet means a better cholesterol level, a regular heart rhythm, and better blood pressure.
How to Make Rhubarb Freezer Jam
Now that we know a little more about the health benefits of this amazingly delicious veggie, it’s finally time to learn how to make the jam! Even though you have never made freezer jam before, keep it cool! This is one of the easiest recipes I have ever made.
What You Need to Make Rhubarb Jam
Before I start listing the ingredients for 3 8-ounces containers, I’d like to add that I used 1/3 of the ingredients. I already had some jars of rhubarb jam in the freezer, so I just adapted the quantities. You can always do the same if you want another quantity of the final result. Just make sure to adapt all the ingredients equally!
Now, let’s see what we need to make this simple freezer jam:
- 5 cups fresh rhubarb, cleaned and cut into small pieces;
- 3 cups sugar;
- 2 (3 oz) boxes of strawberry jello.
Additionally, I love to add some homemade strawberry glaze if I have any at hand. The strawberries’ flavor and sweetness pair perfectly with the rhubarb’s bitterness.
Easy Step-by-Step Recipe for Rhubarb Freezer Jam
- First of all, clean and cut the rhubarb.
- Place the pieces in a large bowl and sprinkle them with sugar. Mix everything really well.
- Then, place the bowl in the refrigerator to set it overnight. You’ll see the next morning how the sugar nicely combined with the rhubarb’s juice and formed a bitter-sweet syrup.
- Add the rhubarb and sugar composition to a large pot on the stove.
- Then, sprinkle with 2 packages of strawberry jello and stir until well mixed.
- Bring the mixture to a boil and cook for 10-15 minutes.
- If you want to add some strawberry glaze for extra flavor, now is the moment.
- Finally, remove from the stove and let the rhubarb jam cool completely.
- Spoon the rhubarb jam into freezer containers and decide how you’ll enjoy it first!
If you want a really smooth rhubarb freezer jam, you can use your food processor and mash all the vegetable pieces or a potato masher.
How to Store Rhubarb Freezer Jam
The storing method is the final step in having some delicious rhubarb jam on hand. Now, there are two main options you can safely opt for. First, if you know you’ll consume your jam in approximately one month, just store it in the fridge. On the other hand, it can be safely stored for up to almost 1 year in the freezer. So, if you plan to make some rhubarb pies or popsicles but don’t know exactly when the second option is for you!
Also, remember that regular glass jars break easily at freezer temperatures. Therefore, I strongly suggest using plastic containers for freezing or wide-mouth dual-purpose glass jars. These jars have been tempered to withstand extremes in temperatures and are made for freezing and canning.
How to Use Rhubarb Jam at Home
Rhubarb freezer jam is usually used as pie filling, but you can easily use it with other desserts. My little ones even enjoy it on french toast. They just love rhubarb, and that is super exciting for me! It really is an impressively delicious source of vitamins and nutrients.
If you don’t have the time to bake a pie, try your rhubarb jam with one of the following and tell me in the comment section how it was:
- Dress waffles or pancakes;
- Pair your rhubarb jam with some vanilla ice cream;
- Dress white cake or cream cheese pound cake with your jam;
- Prepare easy rhubarb crisp with a crunchy oat crust and your favorite topping;
- Use it as a tart filling;
- Add it to your oatmeal for a fresh breakfast;
- Make strawberry rhubarb popsicles by freezing your jam in special forms. These healthy treats will be the center of attention of every candy bar!
- I sometimes use this jam for dressing my pork, poultry, and sometimes game meats like venison, but I know this is a personal preference.
Enjoy Your Healthy Desserts!
Just look at the colors and textures of this delicious jam. Not to mention the long storing life; I mean, 1 year for having rhubarb jam at hand anytime sounds pretty good! You really cannot get much better than this. It is filled with strawberry and rhubarb flavors and pairs terrifically with many desserts! However, don’t take my word; go try it yourself! After cooking this amazing recipe and serving it with your loved ones, please don’t hesitate to give me your sincere feedback. I’m truly curious what you’ll think about it and all its flavors.
So, I’ll be waiting in the comment section below for any further questions on this recipe and all your thoughts. Also, if you are curious about my cooking techniques, where I purchase my favorite ingredients, or anything else, don’t wait too long to ask me. I’m always happy to share all my secrets with my beloved readers!
Last but not least, give these recipes a try! They pair perfectly with our rhubarb freezer jam!