11 Tasty Ways to Use Frozen Rhubarb

Need ideas to use up your frozen rhubarb? Many of us are guilty of saving our frozen rhubarb until the new crop is ready to harvest. Comment below if this is you, I’m betting I’m not the only one!

ways to use rhubarb

Let’s break the cycle. This year when the new rhubarb is ready to harvest, don’t feel torn between using it or the frozen rhubarb from last year. Finish that frozen rhubarb NOW! Here are 11 of my favourite ways to use frozen rhubarb, some have several options so I’m sure there’ll be a few things you can try before the next crop is ready to harvest.

Read also: How to Harvest RhubarbHow to Freeze Rhubarb7 Rhubarb Brunch Recipes

11 WAYS TO USE FROZEN RHUBARB

1. STRAWBERRY RHUBARB SAUCE

This strawberry rhubarb sauce does double duty in using up frozen rhubarb and frozen strawberries or other berries you may have in your freezer. We love this sauce on all the breakfast foods – oatmeal, pancakes, yogurt, French Toast, crepes and waffles. But my favourite is having it on ice cream.

strawberry rhubarb sauce on pancakes

2. RHUBARB JUICE or SYRUP for MOCKTAILS & COCKTAILS

Try a rhubarb inspired beverage. Stay true to the tart flavour with Rhubarb Juice or sweeten things up with Rhubarb Syrup. The juice concentrate can be mixed with lemonade or soda, or it can be used to make a salad dressing or a savoury sauce for Honey Rhubarb Glazed Chicken.  Or, get sweet and enjoy fancy rhubarb mimosas or some hand crafted rhubarb mocktail and cocktails.

bottles of rhubarb simple syrup

3. RHUBARB OVERNIGHT OATS

Turn your frozen rhubarb into a tasty, nutritious breakfast with Rhubarb Overnight Oats.

ingredients for rhubarb overnight oats

4. RHUBARB MUFFINS ARE A MUST!

Here are three rhubarb muffins that would be an excellent way to use up all that frozen rhubarb. Which will you make first:

Seedy Rhubarb Oat Muffinsseedy rhubarb oat muffins

Rhubarb Cornmeal Surprise Muffinsrhubarb cornmeal surprise muffin

Rhubarb Honey Bran Muffins

rhubarb honey bran muffin

 

5. CLASSIC STEWED RHUBARB

It doesn’t get much easier than stewed rhubarb. Simply toss your frozen rhubarb with a touch of water, sugar and cinnamon in a pot and cook until it’s soft and saucy. Spoon that delicious sauce over everything! I love it on ice cream, yogurt, oatmeal and instead of syrup on all the classic breakfast dishes – pancakes, waffles, crepes and French Toast. Speaking of which, try stewed rhubarb as a dip for French Toast Fingers.

French toast fingers in stewed rhubarb

6. RHUBARB BREAD PUDDING

If you love dessert for breakfast, here’s your winner. This rhubarb bread pudding is a perfect make-ahead breakfast that’s sweet and delicious. It has the classic egg and milk custard surrounding bread pieces with rhubarb bits to liven things up.

rhubarb bread piece ready to serve

7. RHUBARB BBQ SAUCE

Frozen rhubarb is perfect for this rhubarb BBQ sauce and now’s the perfect time to make it. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to make and how flavourful it is.

rhubarb bbq sauce
A tasty BBQ sauce made with frozen rhubarb – perfect for rhubarb pulled pork.

8. RHUBARB JAM

When rhubarb is ripe and ready for harvesting late spring, there are tons of other things happening in the garden. Making jam at that time can feel a bit frazzled. Making jam in the off season with frozen rhubarb – when you have time and energy – that’s a game changer! Here are three different types of preserves for you to try. Swap the strawberries with other fruit or use all rhubarb. Find more fruit combinations and variations in my Rhubarb eCookbook.

Strawberry Rhubarb Jam with Low Sugar Pectin – classic cooked jam with reduced sugar

strawberry rhubarb jam in container on wood
A low sugar cooked jam preserved with a hot water bath so it’s shelf stable.

Strawberry Rhubarb Chia Preserve – a small batch for you to keep in the fridge

chia rhubarb jam
A tasty spread made with chia seeds and just as much sweetener as you like. Keep extras in fridge or freezer.

Rhubarb Strawberry Freezer Jam

strawberry rhubarb freezer jam
No hot water bath needed, store extra jars in the freezer.

9. FRUIT LEATHER

Mix rhubarb with your favourite fruit and sweetener to make amazing homemade fruit roll ups in the oven or dehydrator. Such a fun and delicious snack for kids and adults alike. I like taking my fruit roll-ups on my backcountry hiking or kayaking trips. Make a ton – it get’s gobbled up fast!

blueberry rhubarb on Camelback in Phoenix
This rhubarb, blueberry and apples fruit leather hit the top of Camelback Mtn in Phoenix.

 

10. RHUBARB PULLED PORK

Pull out the crockpot and get ready to experience rhubarb in a whole new way. We love this rhubarb pulled pork, especially with our rhubarb BBQ sauce slathered on top. pickled onion on pulled pork bun with slaw

 

 

11. BAKING & DESSERTS

I mentioned muffins before, but of course there are so many other sweet treats you can make with rhubarb. There’s tons in my Rhubarb eCookbook and a few on this site that work well with frozen rhubarb.

Streusel Cake – a German classic

rhubarb streusel cake l
A sweet yeast cake bottom with a rhubarb filling and a streusel crumb topping. This was my breakfast, growing up!

Rhubarb Oat bars

rhubarb oat bars

 

Want more recipes to consider? You’ll find the following in my Rhubarb eCookbook.
Sweet n Sour Sauce
Blueberry Rhubarb Ppie
Rhubarb Custard Pie
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Rhubarb Ribbon Coffee Cake
Rhubarb Sour Cream Coffee Cake
Saskatoon Rhubarb Crisp – Gluten Free
Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp
Double Crust Rhubarb Crisp
Rhubarb Meringue Dessert
Rhubarb Fool
Rhubarb Nice Cream
Rhubarb Smoothie
Rhubarb Slush
Rhubarb Mango Jam
Rhubarb Pear Jam
Rhubarb Pineapple Jam
Rhubarb Chutney
Ginger Rhubarb Marmalade

If you have any questions, favorite ways you like to use rhubarb or want to touch base, please comment below or share your photos and ideas with me on Instagram @getgettys or Facebook @GettyStewart.HomeEconomist.

Getty Stewart is a Professional Home Economist, speaker, frequent media guest and writer dedicated to putting good food on tables and agendas. She is the author of several recipe books on enjoying and preserving fruit, Founder of Fruit Share, a mom and veggie gardener.

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