How To Freeze Rhubarb

How To Freeze Rhubarb. Easy step by step directions on how to freeze rhubarb. A great way to enjoy the sweet tart taste of rhubarb in recipes year round.




How To Freeze Rhubarb. Easy step by step directions on how to freeze rhubarb. A great way to enjoy the sweet tart taste of rhubarb in recipes year-round.

Hubby and I went out for a ride a few weeks ago, and he bought some rhubarb. While we made a fabulous dessert with a portion of the rhubarb, we had quite a bit leftover which we decided to freeze.

How To Freeze Rhubarb. Easy step by step directions on how to freeze rhubarb. A great way to enjoy the sweet tart taste of rhubarb in recipes year round.


• Wash the rhubarb and remove the leaves.

How To Freeze Rhubarb. Easy step by step directions on how to freeze rhubarb. A great way to enjoy the sweet tart taste of rhubarb in recipes year round.


• Dicing is the best choice – slit the rhubarb in half lengthwise, then slit each of the halves in half again. You are quartering, lengthwise.

How To Freeze Rhubarb. Easy step by step directions on how to freeze rhubarb. A great way to enjoy the sweet tart taste of rhubarb in recipes year round.


• Dice the rhubarb.

How To Freeze Rhubarb. Easy step by step directions on how to freeze rhubarb. A great way to enjoy the sweet tart taste of rhubarb in recipes year round.


• Bring several quarts of water to a rolling boil on the stove. I use a colander insert pot for ease of blanching, and draining.

• Bring water to a boil.
• Immerse a colander of rhubarb for 90 seconds to blanch.
• Remove blanched rhubarb, and allow to drain for at least 30 minutes before attempting to freeze. You want to be certain it isn’t very wet.

How To Freeze Rhubarb. Easy step by step directions on how to freeze rhubarb. A great way to enjoy the sweet tart taste of rhubarb in recipes year round.


• Hubby evenly divided the leftover rhubarb and bagged it.

How To Freeze Rhubarb. Easy step by step directions on how to freeze rhubarb. A great way to enjoy the sweet tart taste of rhubarb in recipes year round.


• Yes, he is serious about evenly dividing.
• We had approximately six cups leftover which is perfect for two recipes be it a pie or crisp.

How To Freeze Rhubarb. Easy step by step directions on how to freeze rhubarb. A great way to enjoy the sweet tart taste of rhubarb in recipes year round.


• Hubby put the rhubarb in a ziploc bag, the unzipped ziploc into a foodsaver bag. He then used his foodsaver on canister mode. At this point he sucked all the air out of the foodsaver bag which also squished all the air out of the ziploc bag. He quickly zipped closed the ziploc bag, and removed it from the foodsaver bag.

• The foodsaver bag never sealed because he never used the heating element, and he was able to suck all the air out of the ziploc bag!

• The bags are now labeled and ready for freezing. These will easily keep for 4-6 months

Need rhubarb recipes? Try one of these fabulous rhubarb desserts:

Strawberry Rhubarb Galette Recipe – Using fresh (or frozen) fruit, this pretty galette dessert is easy to make, but impressive to serve – not to mention super tasty! Make it for a treat tonight!

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp Recipe – This updated, old time strawberry rhubarb crisp is simply delicious. The great sweet-tart taste of strawberries and rhubarb combined with a buttery good granola crumble topping makes for a dessert your entire family will enjoy!

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp Recipe – (different crisp recipe – strawberry rhubarb is Hubby’s favorite so I make it a lot.) A sweet-tart Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp Recipe that is not only fast and easy to make, but delicious as well.

Strawberry Rhubarb Hand Pies Recipe – Homemade pie, but no utensils required to eat. These delicious, sweet and tart, easy to make Strawberry Rhubarb Hand Pies are great for dessert, lunch boxes, snacks and portion control.


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Vacuum Sealing Tips and Tricks

Vacuum Sealing Tips and Tricks. How to make the best use of your foodsaver. The best ways to food saver, unique products that you can, and should be food savering.  Enjoy these great Vacuum Sealing Tips and Tricks


How to make the best use of your foodsaver. The best ways to food saver, unique products that you can, and should be food savering. Enjoy these great Vacuum Sealing Tips and Tricks

Vacuum Sealing Tips and Tricks

Hubby is the undisputed king of a foodsavering. Nothing comes in this house and goes into one of the freezers without his foodsavering it – well, maybe not frozen vegetables or ice cream, but pretty much everything else! Here are some of his vacuum sealing tips and tricks:



Vacuum Sealing Tips and Tricks for Steak:

We recently made a trip to the local slaughterhouse and brought back quite a bit of meat.

Vacuum Sealing Tips and Tricks. How to make the best use of your foodsaver. The best ways to food saver, unique products that you can, and should be food savering.  Enjoy these great Vacuum Sealing Tips and Tricks


So hubby hauled out the old foodsaver:

Vacuum Sealing Tips and Tricks. How to make the best use of your foodsaver. The best ways to food saver, unique products that you can, and should be food savering.  Enjoy these great Vacuum Sealing Tips and Tricks


As well as the bags I bought him as a gift!

Vacuum Sealing Tips and Tricks. How to make the best use of your foodsaver. The best ways to food saver, unique products that you can, and should be food savering.  Enjoy these great Vacuum Sealing Tips and Tricks


And then he choose what meat he wanted to work with.

Vacuum Sealing Tips and Tricks. How to make the best use of your foodsaver. The best ways to food saver, unique products that you can, and should be food savering.  Enjoy these great Vacuum Sealing Tips and Tricks


Since these were simple steaks, it was pretty straightforward. He just place one of each into a bag, and foodsavered:

Vacuum Sealing Tips and Tricks. How to make the best use of your foodsaver. The best ways to food saver, unique products that you can, and should be food savering.  Enjoy these great Vacuum Sealing Tips and Tricks


He uses one steak underneath the other to raise the steak he is currently working on to the correct height. It makes it easier to use your hands to press the button and hold the flap to the foodsaver.

Vacuum Sealing Tips and Tricks. How to make the best use of your foodsaver. The best ways to food saver, unique products that you can, and should be food savering.  Enjoy these great Vacuum Sealing Tips and Tricks


The steak is labeled with date and type and now ready for the freezer.

Vacuum Sealing Tips and Tricks. How to make the best use of your foodsaver. The best ways to food saver, unique products that you can, and should be food savering.  Enjoy these great Vacuum Sealing Tips and Tricks


Vacuum Sealing Tips and Tricks for Flour:

Some items hubby foodsavers regularly are:

Vacuum Sealing Tips and Tricks. How to make the best use of your foodsaver. The best ways to food saver, unique products that you can, and should be food savering.  Enjoy these great Vacuum Sealing Tips and Tricks


Vacuum Sealing Tips and Tricks for Beans and Peas:

Vacuum Sealing Tips and Tricks. How to make the best use of your foodsaver. The best ways to food saver, unique products that you can, and should be food savering.  Enjoy these great Vacuum Sealing Tips and Tricks


Vacuum Sealing Tips and Tricks for Lard and Butter:

Vacuum Sealing Tips and Tricks. How to make the best use of your foodsaver. The best ways to food saver, unique products that you can, and should be food savering.  Enjoy these great Vacuum Sealing Tips and Tricks


• The flour, lard and butter we keep in the freezer, the beans and peas in the stockpile. Since I hate the thought of bugs, I definitely am onboard with this habit of hubby’s!

Vacuum Sealing Tips and Tricks for Fruits:

• If something is wet, flash freeze it first. I do this with summer fruits. I simply wash them and remove all debris. I then pat dry, place them on a tray in the freezer for 15-30 minutes, and remove. Then, I take the fruit off the tray, and they quickly go into a foodsaver bag. We then foodsaver the fruit.

Vacuum Sealing Tips and Tricks for Nuts:

• When we foodsaver nuts, hubby just makes sure they are laying flat if they are whole peices. This helps with freezer storage.

General Vacuum Sealing Tips and Tricks:

• When you foodsaver anything, make sure you remove all the air from the bag.

• Make sure you get a good seal.

• Periodically check your seals on your frozen or pantry foodsavered items. If a seal breaks, reseal it!

Are you a vacuum sealer devotee like my hubby? What unique ideas do you have for vacuum sealing?

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How To Render Fat To Make Lard

How To Render Fat To Make Lard. Ever wondered how to render fat to make lard? Hubby renders the fat every time we purchase a pig. We use some of the lard and he gives away some of the lard.  It is beautifully white, and really makes  a very nice pastry crust. Learn how to render fat to make lard with these step by step instructions.




Ever wondered how to render fat to make lard? Hubby renders the fat every time we purchase a pig. We use some of the lard and he gives away some of the lard. It is beautifully white, and really makes a very nice pastry crust. Learn how to render fat to make lard with these step by step instructions.

How To Render Fat To Make Lard. Ever wondered how to render fat to make lard? Hubby renders the fat every time we purchase a pig. We use some of the lard and he gives away some of the lard.  It is beautifully white, and really makes  a very nice pastry crust. Learn how to render fat to make lard with these step by step instructions.


If you are rendering fat, you may also be interested in these other posts:
How To Smoke A Ham
How To Cure and Smoke Your Own Bacon

How To Render Fat To Make Lard


• This is the fat from the pig we purchased. Hubby makes lard with every pig we purchase – and we purchase yearly. Here are my tips for buying a cow, pig, goat, etc straight from the farmer.

How To Render Fat To Make Lard


• You will need a pot or Dutch oven.
• Pre-heat oven to 250º regular oven 225º convection oven.

How To Render Fat To Make Lard


• Place 5+ pounds of ground pig fat into a covered oven-safe dutch oven.
• Bake at 250º regular oven 225º convection oven, stirring occasionally for about an hour or so. Most of the solid should have turned to liquid by then. Be careful that the ground fat doesn’t turn brown in color.
• Ladle out the liquid and strain through coffee filters layered in a metal strainer.
• Put any strained solids back into the dutch oven.

How To Render Fat To Make Lard


• Let the lard cool to about 100 degrees, and portion them into plastic soup containers or silicone bakeware.

How To Render Fat To Make Lard


• Put in freezer until completely cool and solidified.
• Leave headspace, as the lard will expand in volume as it cools.

How To Render Fat To Make Lard


• Turn out onto a cutting board and slice into usable pieces.

How To Render Fat To Make Lard


• Wrap for freezing.
• This is Freeze-tite so when foodsavered and frozen, one piece can be removed from the pack and the pack can just be re-sealed.

How To Render Fat To Make Lard


• This is what I call “white lard” and is good for baking.
Foodsaver for freezing.

• For the remaining ground pig fat in the pot, turn up the heat to 325/350 degrees, and stir more frequently than before. Eventually, the ground pig fat will release all of its liquid lard, and the remaining solids will sink to the bottom of the pot. These solids are called chicharrones in Spanish (or cracklins down south).

• Take the cracklins and spread them out in a baking pan and bake them for another 10 to 15 minutes to make sure they get crispy. Use these like bacon bits. Keep them refrigerated or frozen. Microwave them for 30 seconds to crisp them up (cover them in case they splatter).

• Pour everything into a coffee filter strainer. The liquid will be a light amber color. This is what I call “dark lard”. It will have a roasted pork flavor to it, so it should only be used for savory dishes, not baking.


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