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Post by Hairyloon on 11th April 2011, 9:50 pm

OK, spring ain't even properly sprung yet, and already I have got more rhubarb than I know what to do with.
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Post by Compostwoman on 11th April 2011, 10:42 pm

Don't look at me..I have loads as well and I hate the wretched stuff!

I only grow it because Cm asks me to and HE never uses it, either...waste of valuable growing space I think...but that is just my jaudiced view ( apparently!)

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Post by Chilli-head on 11th April 2011, 10:48 pm

I have heard it said that rhubarb leaves in brassica planting holes wards off club root. Anyone know if it works ? I'm skeptical.
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Post by Compostwoman on 11th April 2011, 10:52 pm

I think it works by the Oxalic acid ( in the Rhubarb leaves) masking the smell and so detering the club root flies? A bit like onions and carrot fly...

but I only know that from remembering what my Dad said.....

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Post by Dandelion on 12th April 2011, 4:55 pm

mmm, I think we could be having the same problem next year as I've accidentally put three plants in - one which is ready to pull now, and two which will take a year or two. We do like rhubarb! I'm planning to freeze some, give some away and make jam as well as making some crumbles. Hairyloon - would some inventive recipes help your rhubarb excess if anyone has any?

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Post by Compostwoman on 12th April 2011, 5:25 pm

Dandelion wrote:mmm, I think we could be having the same problem next year as I've accidentally put three plants in - one which is ready to pull now, and two which will take a year or two. We do like rhubarb! I'm planning to freeze some, give some away and make jam as well as making some crumbles. Hairyloon - would some inventive recipes help your rhubarb excess if anyone has any?


Well if you want any more, you can have some of ours...nasty stuff...

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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 12th April 2011, 6:57 pm

It bottles very well indeed. We are happy to have anyone's surplus.

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Post by Compostwoman on 12th April 2011, 7:00 pm

Wilhelm Von Rhomboid wrote:It bottles very well indeed. We are happy to have anyone's surplus.

Come and get some, then....

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Post by MrsC on 12th April 2011, 7:46 pm

I'd really like some rhubarb as I love rhubarb crumble, but Mr C hates the stuff and won't let me have any Crying or Very sad

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Post by Compostwoman on 12th April 2011, 8:50 pm

Ooops Embarassed wrong thread

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Post by AngelinaJellyBeana on 12th April 2011, 9:33 pm

Mmm I love rhubarb. No such thing as too much as far as I'm concerned
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Post by Hairyloon on 13th April 2011, 3:13 am

Dandelion wrote:Hairyloon - would some inventive recipes help your rhubarb excess if anyone has any?
No. I posted in the recipe section because I wanted tips on how best to dig it up. :?

I've collected a couple of big plastic barrels. I was planning to use them for biodiesel, but perhaps I should make industrial quantities of rhubarb wine...
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Post by Lottie on 13th April 2011, 6:40 am

Wilhelm Von Rhomboid wrote:It bottles very well indeed. We are happy to have anyone's surplus.

That it does! Just made my first batch of the lovely, delectable rhubarb wine... yum... Wink

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Post by Hairyloon on 13th April 2011, 12:52 pm

Lottie wrote:That it does! Just made my first batch of the lovely, delectable rhubarb wine... yum... Wink
Shame we don't have a recipe section...
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Post by Chilli-head on 13th April 2011, 1:24 pm

Well I guess it is nice to have a recipe that is tried and tested, but it is pretty easy to do what I just did and type "rhubarb wine recipe" into google and get more than you could ever need. Looks like you might start here :

http://www.rhubarbinfo.com
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Post by Lottie on 13th April 2011, 2:50 pm

Hairyloon wrote:
Lottie wrote:That it does! Just made my first batch of the lovely, delectable rhubarb wine... yum... Wink

Shame we don't have a recipe section...

Pour vous mon petit choufleur... Wink

http://forum.homemadelife.com/t1697-rhubarb-wine-recipe#30063

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Post by Dandelion on 18th April 2011, 4:04 pm

Rhubarb Compote

1lb rhubarb (or 500gr if you have metric rhubarb)
2 oranges
2 - 3 oz sugar (50 - 75gm/ 4-6 tablespoons)

Wash trim and cut rhubarb into 1" lengths (short bits if you're following the metric version). Layer in a casserole with the sugar and the peeled sliced oranges. Cover and cook in a slow/moderate oven (for instance gas mark 2 - 4, 150/180C) until the rhubarb is tender - maybe half an hour. Eat hot or cold with custard/cream/shortbread fingers.

Less alcoholic than rhubarb wine, but handy to shove/lovingly place on the lower shelf of the oven when you're using it for something else. I haven't tried freezing it.

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Post by Hairyloon on 22nd April 2011, 12:59 pm

I've just taken 20lbs of rhubarb off the plot and it has barely made a dent in it...

I've been told it makes good fruit leather with equal weight of apples, but I don't think I can afford that many apples at this time of year. :?
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Post by Lottie on 22nd April 2011, 1:57 pm

THAT'S OVER 36 BOTTLES OF WINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Shocked

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Post by Hairyloon on 23rd April 2011, 12:12 am

I expect there will be more next week...
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Post by Hairyloon on 27th April 2011, 10:38 pm

Started trying a rhubarb based fruit leather, but the daughter's mother threw a fit about her oven being on for that long. Sad
I'll book a sunny day in for tomorrow and leave them in the car.

I'll let you know how it goes & share the recipe if it is a success.
It is a bit dear though... I think I spent about 20p on additional ingredients. Shocked
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Post by Hairyloon on 1st May 2011, 2:37 pm

Hairyloon wrote:I'll let you know how it goes & share the recipe if it is a success.
Well, it more or less worked. My drying system needs some improvement.
The basic recipe?
5 cups of rhubarb, stewed 'till soft, then zuzzed with half a jar of cheap jam, and a couple of spoons of good jam.

And the wine is going mental: an almost constant stream of bubbles through the airlock. Five times faster than the cider next to it.
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