Score! I thought I had used up all the rhubarb I had diced and frozen from last summer making DD#2's birthday cake request, Strawberry Dump cake, which I blogged about here. Moving things about, even after the inventory of my freezer, I discovered about two cups worth of rhubarb in two different freezer bags. This won't be enough for the cake or a batch of jam, so am having a good think over what to do with it. I remember once being in a diner and that had an assortment of syrups on the tables to go with pancakes and waffles. One was a rhubarb syrup, and I recall it being quite tasty. Surely there has to be a simple syrup recipe out there. Score again. At The Kitchen, waiting for me to find was a simple syrup recipe.
As I only have half the rhubarb, I will half the recipe and end up with about a cup of cooked syrup. Before I can make it,I need to get a fine mesh strainer. Part of what I like about jams as opposed to jelly's is not needing to take the chunky bits out. When I make current jelly, I have a mill I use to squeeze all the juice out after I cook down the berries. I have so little rhubarb, and with the fibrous nature of it, I think it would end up getting stuck in the blades and mesh and not squeeze out properly. I have to make a stop at the Dollar Tree for a birthday card after church and will check there first to see what they might have before stopping in at Target or Walmart. I'm excited to try this, and if it works, I have plans first to try it out as an addition to lemonade, plain first, but won't ever rule out turning into a "fancy" cocktail. I'll give you an update once I track down the strainer.
|I held onto a vintage looking bottle-perfect to serve some homemade rhubarb lemonade.|
The syrup would make a nice addition to a homemade food gift basket. I could see a couple jars of jam, a bottle of syrup, some short bread cookies, a bottle of club soda, and maybe a loaf of homemade bread for a house warming, or to treat new parents. Dilemma though, as I do not pressure cooker can jams and jelly's, I am not sure there is enough acid in this to safely can that way. Because it was so easy, and can be done in small batches without much fuss, it could be just given for refrigerator storage I suppose. that's another days decision. This batch is mine.