How to freeze rhubarb?

How to freeze rhubarb

Can you freeze rhubarb? Yes, you can freeze rhubarb for about 10-12 months.

If you freeze and thaw your rhubarb properly, you’ll have a hard time telling the difference between fresh rhubarb and frozen rhubarb.

How to freeze rhubarb?

For best results, we recommend freezing your raw rhubarb and blanching it. Here’s how:

  1. Start by cutting your rhubarb stalks into pieces about 2 cm long. You don’t need to get out a ruler, just cut them roughly the same size.
  2. Although not essential, it is advisable to blanch your rhubarb. It will retain its taste and texture. Plunge the rhubarb pieces into a saucepan filled with boiling water for 60 seconds, then drain them, run them under cold water to stop the cooking, then drain them again.
  3. Spread the rhubarb pieces out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, making sure the pieces don’t touch each other. The idea is to pre-freeze each piece of rhubarb individually so they don’t stick together later. This will make it easier to defrost small portions. Put the baking sheet in the freezer for several hours.
  4. Once the rhubarb chunks are completely frozen, take the baking sheet out of the freezer then transfer the chunks to a freezer bag. Seal the freezer bag tightly, pushing out as much air as possible.
  5. Label the freezer bag with the date and contents, then return the rhubarb pieces to the freezer.

What is the shelf life of rhubarb in the freezer?

Raw rhubarb, blanched beforehand, will keep for about 10 to 12 months in the freezer.

How to thaw rhubarb?

To thaw your rhubarb, the best approach is to leave it in the fridge overnight so it has time to thaw gently.

Can you refreeze rhubarb?

Although it is possible to refreeze rhubarb without risk, we do not recommend it. Its texture may suffer and become soft and pasty.

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