Also known as Rheum rhabarbarum, rhubarb is a perennial plant that is rich in rhein and emodin. This vegetable is commonly used as a slimming ingredient in herbal medicines. The vegetable can be cooked in different ways such as baking, grilling or steaming. It can also be used as key ingredient in appetizers, viands as well as desserts. To know how to cook rhubarb, it is beneficial to learn the steps in preparing some of the scrumptious and pleasant tasting dishes that contain the nutritious vegetable.
The vegetable is commonly used in desserts like gelatin. In this recipe, you will use two quarts cut up rhubarb, two quarts water, two cups sugar, a small package of strawberry gelatin and 3 ½ quarts lemon-lime carbonated vinegar. Pour half liter of water in a small saucepan. Add the rhubarb and wait for the water to boil. Remove the saucepan from heat. Add the gelatin and sugar in the saucepan. Stir until the gelatin dissolves. Pour the mixture in a food processor and add the vinegar. If you cannot find a food processor, you can use a blender. Blend the mixture until it smoothens. Transfer the puree in a small bowl. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for an hour to two hours.
Applesauce Rhubarb Muffins
The key ingredients in this recipe are 1 ¼ cups chopped rhubarb and 1 ¼ cups applesauce. The other ingredients include two cups all purpose flour, a cup of whole wheat flour, two teaspoons baking powder, two teaspoons ground cinnamon, ½ teaspoon baking soda, ½ teaspoon salt, two eggs, 1 ¼ cups brown sugar.
Combine salt, baking soda, cinnamon, baking powder, flour and all purpose flour in a large bowl. Beat eggs in another bowl and add applesauce, oil and sugar. Combine the two mixtures. Add the rhubarb and stir. Transfer the batter in muffin cups and sprinkle each cup with cinnamon and sugar. Place the muffin cups in an oven that was preheated to 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes.
To make this mouth watering dessert, you need a nine-inch unbaked pie shell, three tablespoons flour, a cup of sugar, four cups rhubarb, an egg, a tablespoon of water and a tablespoon of soft butter. Mix the sugar, flour and the vegetable in a bowl. In a separate bowl, beat egg and add water. Combine the two mixtures and add the soft butter. Stir and pour over the pie shell. Top the pie with ¼ cup flour, ¼ cup sugar and a tablespoon of butter. Place the pie inside the oven that was preheated to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake for 15 minutes. Change the temperature to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 30 minutes to an hour.