Rhubarb Simple Syrup

Rhubarb Simple Syrup

Rhubarb Simple Syrup

I had a few extra minutes in the kitchen this afternoon so I made some Rhubarb Simple Syrup. I recently processed 35 pounds of rhubarb using my Mehu-Liisa steam juicer and have quite a few quarts on hand to have fun with.

RECIPE:

Ingredients for Rhubarb Simple Syrup

Ingredients for Rhubarb Simple Syrup

I used 2 cups of the unsweetened rhubarb juice and 2 cups of sugar. I combined the juice and sugar in a sauce pan set on medium high heat.

Dissolving the sugar in the juice over medium high heat.

After bringing the syrup to a boil, I simmered on medium low heat (watch out for boil overs!!) for approx. 5 minutes.

Simmering the Rhubarb Simple Syrup over medium low heat for 5 mins.

This will help keep the syrup from crystallizing if kept for a long  time. Add a tablespoon or two of fresh lemon juice to help retain color. After 5 mins. of simmering, take the pan off the heat and allow to cool for 15 mins.

Skimming scum off of syrup.

Skimming the scum off of the syrup after it cools for 15 mins.

During this time, a pinkish scum will form on the top of the syrup.

Pouring syrup through a funnel into your bottle of choice.

After the cooling period, skim this scum off the syrup. Place a funnel in your bottle (you can get very creative with your selection of bottles) and carefully pour the syrup from the pan.

Rhubarb Seltzer.

A refreshing Rhubarb Seltzer can be made using this syrup and bubbly water of choice, anything from soda water or mineral water to tonic water can be used in this drink.

Pouring syrup into bubbly water avoids fizzing over.

I use a ratio of 2TB per 10 oz. of bubbly. The addition of some choice spirits and a little citrus juice will make this a Fizz. In this case, you may want to use 2 times the amount of syrup in the bubbly water and 1 oz. of spirit.

With chronically thirsty teens on my hands, this syrup is a very economical way to keep a “soda” beverage on hand. The kids can make up a batch themselves and have it on hand for an afternoon or evening.

Here’s the math:

  1. 8 qts of juice from 24 lbs of rhubarb at $.63/lb: (24 X .63)/8=$1.89 per quart
  2. 2 pints of syrup can be made from 1 qt of juice: $.95 per pint of juice
  3. 2 cups of sugar per pint of syrup at $.90/lb = $.90 (2 cps. = 1 lb)
  4. 1 pint of syrup = $.90 + .95 = $1.85
  5. Half gallon of seltzer = $1.89/64 oz. = $.03 oz. so 10 oz. . glass = $.30
  6. 2 Tablespoons of syrup = 1 oz. of syrup = $1.85/16 = $.12
  7. So, one 10 oz. glass of Rhubarb Seltzer = $.30 + .12 = $.42

Even though this is close to the price of a can of natural soda bought in a market, don’t forget all the benefits of making things at home:

  1. You control the quality of the ingredients.
  2. When you buy local, and/or u-pick, you support your local economy and involve your kids directly in the procurement of their food.
  3. Packaging is minimal and re-useable, virtually no waste. Even the dome and band lids can be re-purposed.
  4. Your children will become familiarized with the concepts of economy and self-sufficiency on a practical level.
  5. It’s FUN to do and Dang Tasty!

Well, go ahead and try this out and let me know how it goes. I’d be interested in hearing any variations. Just think, the Strawberries will be ready soon!

Take Care – Daniel

About dheila62

Owner of Mehu-Liisa Products, importer of the Mehu-Liisa Steam Juicer from Finland.
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2 Responses to Rhubarb Simple Syrup

  1. Lisa Clemmens says:

    Can you even buy rhubarb soda? And you keep forgetting about the cocktails! Wed. Dining section of the New York Times had a spread about cooking with rhubarb(I think 5/30). Maybe Mehu Liisa should submit a letter to the editor and let the world know about this recipe!

  2. dheila62 says:

    Hey! I didn’t forget about the cocktails. I have a Fizz and a Rhubarbarian recipe a couple of posts back. Although, the Gin cocktail was very medicinal tasting. I would use Vodka instead. I think it was the Fizz recipe.

    I’m getting into this Blog thing. Thanks for your support Big Sister. Say Hi to everybody.

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