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Mon 23-Jul-12
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mauramac
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Well I am now up to my ears in rhubarb from daughters lottie. I am just wondering what else to do with it. Will cook some and freeze for pies and crumbles in the winter but also wondering if I could steam it and make some rhubarb jelly ponder

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Mon 23-Jul-12
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Yes why not, Maura. I think it would work very well. 

My steamer has arrived from Germany & I am now waiting for the blackberries to ripen in this sudden sunny weather we are having. I want to prepare a whole lot of cordials/syrups to last me through the winter. I have been saving all the smaller bottles I can to hold it. I shall do elderberry & maybe rose-hips too. This should save me a lot of money as I have been buying Belvoir cordials for the last two winters to have as hot drinks to ward off colds & sore throats.

Good luck with the rhubarb.  smile

 

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Mon 23-Jul-12
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I love rhubarb & ginger Jam Maura, I also made some rhubarb & vanilla jam, but wasn't impressed and would go back to the rhubarb & ginger next time...Rhubarb jelly sounds gorgeous

Wed 25-Jul-12
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Me too Janet - but we loved the Rhubarb & Vanilla and hubby really liked the rhubarb & orange but I wasn't so keen.

A while back I made shredless satsuma marmalade because Lidl's or Aldi's had special offers on baskets of them and I couldn't resist trying it out. At first I didn't think it was very successful and no way could you describe it as marmalade but now I can't stop eating it. It is like a well set jelly, very clear in colour and tastes like orange honey if that makes sense. Have no idea how I arrived at this - have notes written down somewhere but it has proved very popular with all who have tried it.

I'm hoping the rhubarb & apple jelly will be as good because I want a nice pink colour jelly not the washed out colour you get when you make jam with rhubarb.

I'll let you know how it goes.

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Mon 30-Jul-12
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Made a batch of rhubarb & Bramley apple jelly but the jury is still out on it. Hubby likes it but I'm not sold on it yet. It is very tart and what I was after was a nice rounded full on fruity jelly.

So I have a huge batch of rhubarb juice extracted from fruit in my steamer that I am now trying to think of a recipe to achieve this.

I could just add sugar and maybe some vanilla but really I just want a nice rhubarby flavour.

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Mon 30-Jul-12
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You could try making Rhubarb & Strawberry Jam 50:50  ratio. Add juice of 1 orange and finely grated rind. Add sugar and a little pectin. Has a sweet /sour flavour. Enjoy

Mon 30-Jul-12
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Did you know that if you add angelica leaves (or sweet cicely) to sour fruits when cooking, it cuts the acid (and therefore the sourness)

Got a recipe for rhubarb & raspberry jelly, but needs 2lb rasps to 2lb rhubarb, that's quite a lot of rasps

Tue 31-Jul-12
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I have a lot of Rhubarb if anyone wants some...please...anyone?

And White Currants and Black Currants.  Not at all sure what to do with the last two - not keen on jam or jelly.  I might have to eat yoghurt with them.  flaming_nora  Eew.

I'll try that again!

Tue 31-Jul-12
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If your willing to pick them and post them TA, I will pay costs...seriously, my blackcurrant harvest is pathetic and I don't even have white currants. Do you like chocolates, I could send you some of my new range.

Wed 1-Aug-12
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Oh Janet, I don't have that many - just more than I was thinking of.  They are from my (last) husband's garden, he is away from home and unable to get back at the moment so my daughter is picking things like mad, unfortunately the runner beans haven't started to grow yet and they are my favourite.

I'll try that again!

Wed 1-Aug-12
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Hate runner beans and never grow them, love french beans and similar though, but again they are small still. Have you had a go at making some cordial with your blackcurrants, or maybe a similar thing to the strawbs=erries, zap them in the microwave for a bit with some sugar, bottle them up in sterilsed bottles and they'll keep in the fridge for a good while.

Got more rhubarb to day from Judith, going to have a go at lemon, orange & rhubarb jelly from my new book.

Wed 1-Aug-12
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The thing with cordial is that it has to have sugar added and I would rather just have the flavour of the fruit.  the only thing I recall making that has sugar added is the Elderberry thing and I don't use as much as is in the recipe.

Good luck with the new jelly from your new book.

I'll try that again!

Wed 1-Aug-12
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Terrier said:

Got more rhubarb to day from Judith, going to have a go at lemon, orange & rhubarb jelly from my new book.

 

Sounds scrummy – can you post the recipe on here please smile

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Thu 2-Aug-12
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Will do Maura, as soon as I get a mo, busy busy busy till the weekend, then I can calm down a bit. Never went for this recipe in the end anyway, halfway through a Rhubarb & ginger jelly recipe instead, (it's dripping through the jelly bag as I write this) - will boil up & pot tomorrow (hopefully)

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The first glut of rhubarb is upon us and the neighbour who normally takes loads (we joke she sells it via a farm shop) doesn't want any for once so we need to find some other use for it.

Last year rhubarb and orange marmalade was mentioned  - as an enthusiastic marmalade eater/maker  that appeals to me - but is it worth doing? Any views would be welcome and in the meantime I will watch the shop for discounted oranges or any other compatible fruit.

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