Attention, pickle lovers! I am one of you people, and I am here for you with this easy pickled rhubarb that you will LOVE with all of your tart-loving tastebuds.
I know it’s just the veryveryvery start of rhubarb season, but you see, I was at the grocery store the other day and there — tucked between the Swiss chard and the organic carrots that I always want to buy just because they still have those gorgeous long green frond-y stems attached but GARSH are they expensive — was a bundle of bright red rhubarb. Glory glory. Spring is HERE, y’all. The rhubarb said so.
So naturally, I hoofed it over to the display and maniacally shoveled a gigantic handful of stalks into my cart. Onlookers probably thought me insane — they might be right. But RHUBARB, you guys.
Of course, I ended up buying way more rhubarb than I needed for any one recipe, so first, I made a pie (recipe is coming soon!) and with what was left, I made pickles. And it was good.
Truth be told, I’ve never made my own pickles before, not in any variety. But I’ve always been intrigued by the idea, and I do love pickles. In fact, I have a whole back half of one shelf of our fridge dedicated to pickle jars holding dill spears, baby gherkins and bread and butter slices. It’s that tart, vinegar-based tang that renders a pucker, and I just love the flavor. It’s what I love most about kombucha, and vinaigrette and now, these pretty rhubarb pickles.
There are plenty of variations of pickled rhubarb out there, but I kept my version simple: water, apple cider vinegar, sugar and salt. Boil the liquids, pour them over chopped rhubarb stalks in a resealable jar, seal the jar and let it chill in the fridge for a couple of days. The rhubarb will soften just slightly and take on that tangy-tart vinegar flavor with just a hint of sweetness. Eat the stalks straight out of the jar, chop them up and put them on top of yogurt (with a drizzle of honey — SO GOOD, trust), dice them and serve on top of a burger, brat or salad, etc. The options are innumerable, really.
You can even add a few of your favorite spices to the liquid mixture before boiling it — star anise, mustard seeds, peppercorns and cloves are just a few go-to options I’ve seen out there. For me, I like the simple version. It’s all I need to get my tangy-tart fix.
I’m just tickled pink for these rhubarb pickles (get it? Eh?).
- 1 lb rhubarb stalks, trimmed to fit 2 8-ounce or 4 4-ounce resealable jars
- 1½ cups water
- ¾ cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon salt
- Tightly arrange rhubarb upright in resealable jars. In medium saucepan, bring water, vinegar, sugar and salt to boil. Cook 1 to 2 minutes, stirring until sugar and salt is dissolved.
- Pour water-vinegar mixture over rhubarb in jars, leaving about ½-inch headspace at top of each jar (there may be leftover water-vinegar mixture). Seal jars. Chill 48 hours in refrigerator. Store in fridge up to 1 month.