Monday, June 28, 2010

Another use for rhubarb

Several weeks ago we received more rhubarb in our weekly CSA. As I've mentioned before, there are two things I don't really like (only two): pie and rhubarb. Unfortunately for me it seems like the most common thing to do with rhubarb is mask it in some sort of pie (see: cherry rhubarb, strawberry rhubarb, peach rhubarb). I just feel like rhubarb is not a worthy vegetable if the only way to eat it is when it is hidden by the flavors of another, more tasty fruit/vegetable. 

So, since I don't really like pies and I'm sick of crumbles and crisps I decided to do something different with this obligatory produce--ice cream. The original recipe calls strictly for rhubarb, but we also had a bunch of cherries to use up so we decided to add them in (and, yes, mask the taste of the rhubarb). The end result is good--Aaron loved it--but not something I would do again. The worst part is the stringy pieces of rhubarb left in the ice cream. The flavor is very rich and fruity, it actually tastes like a rhubarb pie in ice cream form.

Cherry Rhubarb Ice Cream
adapted from Not Without Salt

1 lb. rhubarb, chopped in 1/2" chunks
1 cup cherries, pitted and chopped in half
2 oz. butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 t. salt
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup milk

Combine the rhubarb, butter, vanilla, sugar and salt in a medium saucepan on medium low heat. Simmer until the rhubarb is soft (if you are using cherries you should add these a bit later since they don't take as long to cook). Remove the lid and break up the fruit with a spoon. In a medium bowl combine the cream and milk and then add the rhubarb/cherry mixture. Let the mixture cool completely in the refrigerator. Churn according to your ice cream machine's instruction. 

And, here is a picture of Joe after his bath. He went swimming in the lake yesterday and was all muddy and smelly so this was what he got.


  1. Do you really want us to believe that that cute little "pup" could have chewed a hole in your wall? I agree with you about rhubarb.

  2. He is adorable, even when being an imp. However, I must disagree on the rhubarb. I love it, but I also love pie. And the truffle look-alikes are beautiful! I really must perfect my truffle making so they don't look so lumpy and mis-shapen.