Tuesday, June 8, 2010


I just knew these guys would do a show on rhubarb sooner or later. And glad it was sooner rather than later.

Spilled Milk: Rhubarb

Download it at iTunes.

Rhubarb in it's non-grocery store form.


Mary said...

I don't know where you found it but the clip was rare. I love the picture of the rhubarb patch as well. Once it takes hold it just grows and grows and grows. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

The Training Table said...

Hey Mary,
Yeah, I think that rhubarb patch is some 30 years old or so, maybe older. Funny, we plant shrubs in our front yard, water them, clip away at them every year, and they just sit there ... could plant rhubarb instead!


Look at the size of that plant! Amazing!

Mary said...

The fritters are indeed what your friend is talking about. I hope you are having a good day. Blessings...Mary

muddywaters said...

I've only had rhubarb in pie. I need to branch out and try some other recipes with rhubarb.

muddywaters said...

How to Make Rhubarb Wine

By Ted Kooser

Go to the patch some afternoon
in early summer, fuzzy with beer
and sunlight, and pick a sack
of rhubarb (red or green will do)
and God knows watch for rattlesnakes
or better, listen: they make a sound
like an old lawnmower rolled downhill.
Wear a hat. A straw hat's best
for the heat but lets the gnats in.
Bunch up the stalks and chop the leaves off
with a buck-knife and be careful.
You need ten pounds; a grocery bag
packed full will do it. then go home
and sit barefooted in the shade
behind the house with a can of beer.
Spread out the rhubarb in the grass
and wash it with cold water
from the garden hose, washing
your feet as well. Then take a nap.
That evening, dice the rhubarb up
and put it in a crock. Then pour
eight quarts of boiling water in,
cover it up with a checkered cloth
to keep the fruit flies out of it,
and let it stand five days or so.
Take time each day to think of it.

When the time is up, dip out the pulp
with your hands for strainers; leave the juice.
Stir in five pounds of sugar
and an envelope of Red Star yeast.
Ferment ten days, under the cloth,
sniffing of it from time to time,
then siphon it off, swallowing some,
and bottle it. Sit back and watch
the liquid clear to honey-yellow,
bottled and ready for the years,
and smile. You've done it awfully well.

The Training Table said...

Love the "You've done it awfully well" at the end.