Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Pretty in Pink: Lemon Rhubarb Preserves

Local rhubarb is abundant this time of year at the farmers' market and preserves just seems like the perfect way to make it stand out! Of course, it pairs oh so well with strawberry, but sometimes the rhubarb just needs to be able to shine on its own! I especially love this on biscuits or scones with a little Earth Balance for a springtime morning treat! Lemon Rhubarb Preserves (makes approx. 3 cups)
1 lb fresh rhubarb, diced
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup water
1/4 tsp salt
1 Tbs arrowroot powder (or tapioca starch) dissolved in 2 Tbs cold water

In a large pot, bring rhubarb, lemon zest and juice, sugar, water, and salt to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low; let simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. Add in the arrowroot slurry and bring back to a boil, stirring vigorously. Reduce heat back to low and simmer, uncovered, for 15 more minutes. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. If using relatively soon, store in an airtight container and refrigerate. Will keep for several weeks in the refrigerator. (Otherwise, this is now ready to be canned in glass jars and stored for later use. )


HayMarket8 said...

Wholly crap! This look sooooo gooood!

Cara Sheppard said...

Yum! Rhubarb is definitely on my list for next week's farmer's market trip!

Millie said...

It looks great!