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How to Trim, Cut and Use Rhubarb

Fresh Rhubarb

With its long, firm celery-like stalks, it’s hard to imagine that rhubarb can turn into something sweet. A sure sign of spring and summer, when cooked down, rhubarb has a pleasantly tart-sweet taste that’s delicious in desserts and drinks. If you’ve never worked with rhubarb before, here’s how to use it:

  • If the rhubarb has any leaves, trim these off and discard (some say they are toxic)

  • Trim the ends of the stalks like you would celery

  • Use a small pairing knife to pull up the edge and peel off the tough outer strands. Some people skip this step but we think it helps give cooked rhubarb a better consistency.

  • Cut the rhubarb into chunks and use as directed.

Turned it into a rhubarb simple syrup or cooked down with strawberries for any number of applications (like this compote), a few stalks of rhubarb go a long way to give your spring and summer dishes a true taste of the season.