I learned a few things jamming rhubarb and oranges together:
- The citrus flavor from the orange juice is the perfect complement to the bitter rhubarb.
- Avoid cooking the jam for too long. I let mine simmer for about 40 minutes, which left the consistency more like that of a butter rather than a jam. There is no need to use pectin as the ingredients will naturally thicken.
- I know some people are against using artificial coloring but the red food coloring makes the jam a much more appealing orange color rather than the bright green color from the rhubarb. If your rhubarb has a lot of red in it this will not be necessary but my stalks were almost 100% green. For some reason bright green jam didn’t seem all that appetizing to me.
- Don’t expect a high yield from this recipe. If you have tons of rhubarb by all means, double it! I ended up with only 3 (1/2 pint) jars, which doesn’t seem like much but I didn’t want to use all of my rhubarb.
How to make Rhubarb Orange Jam: Printable
6 Cups Rhubarb, chopped
1/3 Cup Orange Juice
2 Cups Sugar
1/2 Cup Water
2 tsp Orange Zest
12-15 Drops Red Food Coloring (optional)
Chop rhubarb. Combine all ingredients except food coloring and bring to a boil. Cook over medium heat stirring occasionally until desired consistency (about 20 minutes). During the last minute of cooking add food coloring. Ladle into sterile jars and secure the lids. Process the jars in a boiling water canner for 15 minutes.
Jayme Payne blogs at Dreaming of Poultry.
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Robin from Rurification says:
I love this jam! We have green rhubarb and I know what you mean about the color. It goes an interesting olive gold. But it’s delicious!
On October 6, 2011 at 6:35 am
Looks yummy! Lovely inspiration for doing something with that rhubarb still waiting for a project.
Having grown up with rhubarb in it’s natural state, the color would most likely not be an issue here. (I still can’t get my head around ruining perfectly good rhubarb by adding strawberries to it!)
But, for those who only know rhubarb as pink or red, options are great to have. Thanks!
On October 6, 2011 at 8:53 am
This is perfect. I love rhubarb but we don’t eat a ton of jelly at our house. I just transplanted some into our new yard. I also love rhubarb sauce. I bet rhubarb jam is great with oatmeal.
On October 6, 2011 at 2:30 pm