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What are some ways to cook fresh rhubarb?

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Some ways to cook fresh rhubarb include mixing it with hot water, sugar and gelatin to create a jam or dessert cups; pureeing and turning the rhubarb into compote for use in chocolate chunk brownies; and grilling the rhubarb before frying it with other ingredients in a skillet for rhubarb Brown Betty. These cooking methods produce very different textures, but preserve the flavor and nutritional content of the vegetable.

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Rhubarb chopped and boiled in water with sugar creates a jam that works well for canning or for spreading on toast, bagels and muffins. A basic recipe for this method involves 6 cups of chopped rhubarb, 3 1/2 cups of sugar, 1/4 cup of water and a 4-serving package of strawberry-flavored gelatin. To make dessert cups instead of jam, use 1 pound of sliced rhubarb with 1/2 cup of sugar, 1 cup of water and a 3-ounce package of strawberry gelatin.

Rhubarb without the strings works well in a puree with sugar and water. This creates a compote, which cooks can add to various baked goods. Combine the compote with a brownie or cake batter for added flavor and texture. Grilling rhubarb helps break it down and makes it ideal for inclusion in skillet-based Brown Betty recipes. Cut the rhubarb into single-inch slices before grilling for extra tenderness.

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