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Rhubarb & vanilla jam

Rhubarb & vanilla jam

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(46 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins - 30 mins Plus cooling time

Easy

Makes 3 x 1lb jars
Homemade jam doesn't have to be just a summer treat with this sweet-sharp seasonal recipe

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition

  • kcalories44
  • fat0g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs12g
  • sugars12g
  • fibre0g
  • protein0g
  • salt0g
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Ingredients

  • 1kg rhubarb, weighed after trimming, cut into 3cm chunks

    Rhubarb

    roo-barb

    Botanically, rhubarb is a vegetable (it's related to sorrel and dock) but its thick, fleshy…

  • 1kg jam sugar (or 1kg caster sugar plus 1 x 8g sachet pectin - we used Tate & Lyle)

    Sugar

    shuh-ga

    Honey and syrups made from concentrated fruit juice were the earliest known sweeteners. Today,…

  • 2 vanilla pod, halved lengthways
  • juice 1 lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

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Method

  1. Put a small plate in the freezer. Put the rhubarb into a preserving pan or your largest saucepan with the sugar and halved vanilla pods. Heat gently, stirring, until all the sugar has dissolved, then squeeze in the lemon juice and increase the heat.

  2. Boil for about 10 mins, skimming off the scum as you go (the fruit should be soft). Test for setting point by spooning a little onto your chilled plate. After 1-2 mins, push your finger through the jam – if the surface wrinkles it is ready, if not, keep cooking for 2-min intervals, testing in between. (Or if you have a sugar thermometer it should reach 105C)

  3. Once the jam is ready, let it cool for about 15 mins before ladling into warm sterilised jars and sealing. Will keep for 6 months in a cool, dark place.

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Comments (73)

nicmac17's picture
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Agree with past reviewers who said the recipe was easy, kitchen smells wonderful etc but was a bit concerned there was no liquid listed in the ingredients so I couldn't see how the sugar would dissolve or the rhubarb would cook. So after about 15 minutes of stirring on the heat and no sign of disolving sugar or softening rhubarb I took the decision to add some tap water, about half a cup or so. The rhubarb cooked & the sugar dissolved quickly. I didn't bother skimming during the boiling just at the end to remove the black vanilla pods as the flavour was already in the jam by then. Other than this I followed the recipe exactly! ;-)
The amount of sugar (I used Tate & Lyle jam sugar which has pectin in it) and vanilla pods both from my local Co-op. The vanilla pods were expensive (£4.30 for just two) but were fair trade so...
I will be making this again with my alterations as I'm lucky enough to have several rhubarb plants on my allotment and can only eat so much crumble!!

pemmy-jane's picture
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My kitchen smells gorgeous!
This is the first time making this jam and it is perfect. Fantastic colour, having used Yorkshire forced pink rhubarb and 2 tbs of vanilla paste. Produced 900g of jam. Delicious!!

cdacn1's picture

Smells nice but I have had a little hicup. Like another review everythingbegan to weld to the bottom of the pan. Guess I must have had heat too high and possibly wrong sort of pan. Anyway, decided to try and save it by turning heat low & adding top of water. Seems to have improved but not sure end result will be jam as I know it but will be a tasty sauce to use with pudding.

Other than operator error receive easy to follow. Will try again.

feesmith's picture

This is absolutely gorgeous jam! I will definitely be making it again. Invest in good quality vanilla, it really does add to the flavour.

Debbiecbrogan's picture

I have made this jam now for a few years and I can't make enough of it! I'm lucky to have an abundance of rhubarb in my own garden so its a great way of saving this fab fruit. I find using one vanilla pod rather than two is just right to keep that sweet and sour flavour equally balanced and a way of making double quantities on a budget!

Rhonda.G's picture
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This jam was my 1st attempt at jam making and it was amazing, it tasted just like rhubarb and custard sweets. This will be a regular jam in our house. Thank you for sharing this recipe x

petesfanny's picture

My first attempt at jam making. Did it exactly as the recipe and turned out fab. Will make again and again.

theredheadedcook's picture
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I have made this twice - it's simply brilliant!

last edited: 14:23, 5th Sep, 2013
muddyboots73's picture
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Have never made jam before - I LOVE IT!!!
Easy quick and simple. I used 1 pod and vanilla essence.
Thanks

Alli's picture

Absolutely delicious! The vanilla really adds a gentle back-note to the jam. Not only great on toast but also lovely on plain yoghurt and even in Queen of Puddings. A recipe not to be missed!

nikkinoodle40's picture

Fabulous recipe. Incredibly simple with a lovely consistency. Tasted sherberty one I will come back to time and time again to use up the glut of summer rhubarb. Delicious

daviesaj7's picture

Presumably you add the pectin at the start or do you add it with the lemon? - it doesn't say in the recipe as far as I can see

daviesaj7's picture

Presumably you add the pectin at the start or do you add it with the lemon? - it doesn't say in the recipe as far as I can see

daviesx4's picture
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Absolutely great easy to follow recipe, I love the hit of vanilla in the smell and the taste of the Jam. Only the scones to make now, clotted cream in the fridge...Happy sunny bank holiday weekend :)

kevlinbert's picture
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Really easy and delicious. Next time I might substitute the vanilla with some fresh ginger for something a bit different but I'll definitely be doing this one again.

PurpleBee's picture
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Wow this jam is so good! First attempt at making jam turned out pretty good!

sarahwatkins30's picture
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just made this and it was really easy and tastes delicious. i did not have vanilla pods so used a good extract and this seems to have worked well. reminiscent of rhubarb and custard sweets.

carolbriar's picture
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We have forced rhubarb in the garden and was wondering what to do with some of it. i decided to have a go at this recipe without the vanilla and it is delicious. Very easy to make. I was going to put it into little jars to give as presents but decided to keep most of it for ourselves. I think it would be delicious on scones with cream!

nikkilaing's picture
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Delicious. First time I've ever made jam of any sort and I will definitely be using this recipe again. Even my 4 year old who normally says he doesn't like rhubarb loved it.

ellicopter's picture
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oh and it tastes just like rhubarb and custard!

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