How to Freeze Rhubarb

This post contains affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Rhubarb season is short, but you can extend it by learning how to freeze rhubarb! This simple method will have you enjoying rhubarb all year long.

The rosy color of rhubarb makes it incredibly tempting whenever I’m roaming the farmers market stands, but I don’t always have immediate plans for it.

That doesn’t stop me from buying all of my favorite seasonal items, though.

I love to freeze excess fruits and vegetables to enjoy later. If you’re wondering how to store rhubarb and take advantage of its season, freezing rhubarb is the way to go!

frozen rhubarb on sheet pan

Choosing rhubarb for freezing

If you’re lucky, you can harvest rhubarb from your own backyard or purchase it at the farmers market.

Look for stalks that are crisp and firm, and avoid any that are wilted or very thick.

The color of rhubarb stalks can vary from deep, dark pink to pale green with a light pink blush. Rhubarb’s color does not affect how it tastes, so don’t worry if yours isn’t brightly hued!

rhubarb stalks

Do you need to peel rhubarb?

Generally, you do not need to peel rhubarb. 

As the season goes on, the outer layer of the rhubarb stalks gets thicker, and more fibrous. This can cause “strings” to separate from the stalks a little, similar to what happens to celery stalks.

You can still eat it without peeling, but some choose to remove these fibers. 

Keep in mind that if you peel your rhubarb, it will lose some of the classic pink color.

rhubarb on sheet pan

How to freeze rhubarb

Wash the rhubarb and pat dry with a towel. You want the pieces to be completely dry before freezing to prevent ice crystals from forming.

Cut the rhubarb into small chunks and place in a single layer on a lined baking sheet. You can line the baking sheet with parchment paper or a reusable silicone liner.

Pop the pan into the freezer and freeze until completely frozen and firm. This will take about 2 hours.

Then, remove the pan and transfer the frozen rhubarb into freezer bags.

freezer bag of rhubarb with sheet pan

Remove as much air as possible from the bag, seal, and label. If you have a vacuum sealer, you can remove the excess air that way, or use a straw to suck out the air and quickly seal.

I recommend storing the frozen rhubarb in easily measured amounts, such as 1 pound or ½ pound increments. This will make it a lot easier to measure for recipes later on!

The frozen rhubarb will last for 3-6 months.

sealing freezer bag of rhubarb

How to use frozen rhubarb

You can use frozen rhubarb anywhere you use fresh. It’s great for rhubarb sauce, rhubarb pie, or even rhubarb cookies

As with any other frozen vegetable or fruit, the rhubarb pieces will break down somewhat as it thaws, so it’s best used in recipes where you don’t need neat pieces.

Depending on the recipe, you might not need to thaw the rhubarb before using, but if you need to cut it into smaller pieces, I recommend it. 

frozen rhubarb in bag

Thaw overnight in the refrigerator for best results. Make sure to place the bag in a shallow bowl to collect any water or juices that escape.

You can also thaw rhubarb quickly by placing it in a colander and running warm water over it. A sprayer nozzle will work best, or you can move the colander around to ensure the water gets on all the pieces.

If you have more time, you can submerge the sealed bag in a bowl of warm water and let it sit until thawed.

Whether you grow your own rhubarb or buy it, you’ll definitely want to freeze rhubarb for enjoying later!

frozen rhubarb on sheet pan

How to Freeze Rhubarb

Rhubarb season is short, but you can extend it by learning how to freeze rhubarb! This simple method will have you enjoying rhubarb all year long.
No ratings yet
Print Pin Save
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Freeze time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 5 mins
Course Vegetarian
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 12 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound rhubarb

Instructions

  • Cut rhubarb into small chunks. Arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silicone liner.
  • Place baking sheet in the freezer and chill until rhubarb is frozen, about 2 hours.
  • Transfer frozen rhubarb to freezer bags. Label and store in the freezer for 3-6 months.

Nutrition

Calories: 12 kcalCarbohydrates: 3 gProtein: 1 gFat: 0.1 gSaturated Fat: 0.03 gSodium: 2 mgPotassium: 163 mgFiber: 1 gSugar: 1 gIron: 0.1 mg
Tried this recipe?Share on Instagram and mention @stetted or tag #stetted!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Recipe Rating




This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.