Saturday, May 12, 2012

Rhubarb Strawberry Apple Sauce

Life continues to be busy, and unfortunately there hasn’t been much time for blogging. But we do make sure to make time for some fun in the kitchen, and the kid and I have been enjoying doing the dishes together. I hope that’s something we’ll enjoy doing together for a long time…


We got some rhubarb in our last CSA box, and I decided to make a sauce out of it. Since rhubarb is quite tart and there were only four stalks in the CSA box, I also used the strawberries and the apple that were in the box.


I remember rhubarb from when I was growing up. My mom grew lots and lots of it, but I never liked it very much, maybe because my mom usually cooked it by itself with very little sugar (which I appreciate now!), and it was just too tart for me.

Over the years, I have sampled various rhubarb pies, which I liked, but I always thought they must contain a ton of sugar because they were usually quite sweet and not tart at all…

I ended up really liking the sauce I made, and I ate it with Greek yogurt and also stirred some in some oatmeal. The strawberries and the apple added natural sweetness and took away some of the tartness of the rhubarb, and I added only a little bit of organic sugar. The sauce was still tart but pleasantly so. Maybe my taste buds are changing as I’m getting older… Smile


Rhubarb Strawberry Apple Sauce 
Ingredients
  • Rhubarb stalks (I used four)
  • Strawberries (I used  one container) – The sweeter and riper the strawberries the better
  • 1 apple
  • Organic sugar, to taste – I used about 2 teaspoons
Directions
  1. Cut the ends off the rhubarb and peel off the fibrous strings.
  2. Cut the rhubarb into 1 inch pieces.
  3. Cut the strawberries and apple into pieces.
  4. Put the fruit into a pot with a few tablespoons of water.
  5. Cook over medium heat for about 8 minutes, until the fruit becomes soft.
  6. Smash the fruit with a fork, leaving some bigger pieces.
  7. Add sugar to taste before taking the sauce off the heat.

I’m glad the rhubarb showed up in our CSA box, as it made me give it a second chance. I’ve seen lots of rhubarb at the Farmers’ Market in the last few weeks, but I don’t think I would have picked any up… Trying new fruits and vegetables or giving them a second chance is one of the things I love most about our CSA box!

Questions: Do you like rhubarb? If so, what’s your favorite way to eat it? What’s a fruit/vegetable from your childhood that you didn’t like then but love now? I used to seriously dislike beets and now can’t get enough of them.

Be well,
Andrea

34 comments:

  1. oh this looks amazing! I've never had a sauce like this!

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  2. I've never had rhubarb except once at friends house in a tart, buti still don't know what it tastes like. I really need to get one and experiment with it.
    it's so nice that th toddler plays with you at the kitchen, I hope my kids like cooking too. :)

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    1. Since you enjoy food and cooking so much, I'm sure your kids will, too! :)

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  3. Your sauce sounds delish. My mom used to make something like that up and serve it as a cold dessert in the summer.

    :-) Marion

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    1. Yes, the sauce is refreshing and would make a nice summertime dessert.

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  4. Strawberries and rhubarb definitely have to go together in my book... My moms strawberry rhubarb pie was always a favorite growing up! This sauce looks delicious. I just brought home a rhubarb plant from my parents house today... Now I just need some strawberries and apples too!

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  5. Greta said

    your stewed fruit looks very good.I have in my garden red rhubarb.
    I make gelee with strawbeeries.
    Your grand-mother often had baked cheese cake with rhubarb.It was very good

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    1. I remember the cheesecake! I didn't really like cake back then, but it brings back memories...

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  6. One of my favorite flavor combo ever, this looks awesome!

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    1. I agree with you I always wonder about rhubarb because if it takes so much sweetening, is it worth it? Seems like you struck a balance. I liked most fruit growing up but didn't really like cheese, I can't imagine that now.

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    2. @Lauren: You didn't like cheese????!!!???

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  7. This looks fantastic!!
    I have never made my own apple sauces before. This looks just fabulous!! :)

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  8. HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY, Andrea! I like rhubarb when it's in a sweet/savory combo. Like...that sauce, drizzled on top of a toast spread with creamy goat cheese....

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    1. Thank you!

      I like the goat cheese combo! I'll have to keep that in mind... :)

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  9. That looks like a delicious sauce Andrea.

    I didn't eat asparagus and fish when I was a child. I love asparagus now but the fish not so much although I do eat it sometimes because it's good for my health.

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    1. Thanks!

      I didn't like asparagus either when I was a child and love it now.

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  10. Strawberry rhubarb pie. All the way. My mom and my daughter made three of them on mothers day :)

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    1. Sounds like you had a tasty Mother's Day! :)

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  11. Looks awesome, Andrea! I love incorporating rhubarb into sauces...

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  12. My husband loves strawberry rhubarb pie! Love that you made it into a sauce though.

    My daughter LOVED doing dishes when she was little!

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    1. And she is still doing dishes and cleaning up, right? I'll keep my fingers crossed that the kid will be the same way... :)

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  13. Your sauce sounds and looks yummy! I've only ever had rhubarb at Matt's parents'...his mom makes rhubarb crumble (which is delicious, but, like your experiences...I am sure there is a ton of sugar in it!). I like the idea of putting the sauce on Greek yogurt :)

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    1. Thanks! The crumble sounds delicious (I have had a sugar craving all day...).

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  14. I wish my boys would help with the dishes--yours is a keeper!

    Brace yourself for my answer--Brussels sprouts are my favorite veggie! Yum, tossed with olive oil and pepper and roasted. When I was younger I NEVER imagined that would be the case (but in my defense, my Mom did not make them and I only had them previously frozen and boiled by my friends well-meaning Moms).

    I also used to hate beets but I'd only had canned beets, which I still think are yucky. Fresh beets are awesome!

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    1. I used to not like Brussels sprouts either when I was younger. And now I loved them roasted, too. Well, I pretty much love all roasted veggies -there is just something about roasting that makes pretty much everything delicious... :)

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  15. I love the pictures of the two of you in the kitchen - such happy memories you'll have!

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  16. Andrea, so cute the pictures of your son helping you in the kitchen...precious!
    I yet have to cook/bake with rhubarb...and this will be the year of it...like the combination of strawberry and apple...simple and I am sure very tasty.
    Hope you are having a wonderful week :)

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    1. Thanks! :) If you try rhubarb, let me know how you like it!

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