Rhubarb Jam Recipe

Tracy R. | Sugarcrafter Updated

This rhubarb jam recipe is perfect for the spring. It's fresh, tasty and delicious!

Rhubarb Jam Picture

Around mid-spring at the market, the sight I anticipate most is that of the first rhubarb, a sure sign that the bitter cold has finally gone and warmer days are on their way, bringing with them a new season of growing.

As such, my first preserving project in the spring is usually this simple rhubarb jam, followed by a few of my favorite variations:

  • Rhubarb-Ginger Jam: add 1 Tbsp ground ginger to the rhubarb before cooking. Follow the rest of the recipe as written.
  • Rosemary-Infused Rhubarb Jam: Add 2 sprigs rosemary to the rhubarb before cooking. Follow the recipe as written, and then right before ladling the jam into the jars, remove the sprigs.
  • Rhubarb-Lemon Jam: Add the zest of 1 lemon and replace 2 Tbsp of the water with 2 Tbsp of lemon juice. Follow the rest of the recipe as written.
Rhubarb Jam Photo

I find that this tart jam pairs quite well with scones and biscuits, although I also tend to do a fair amount of baking with it. This lovely pink spread makes a great spring gift as well! All you need to make it special is a pretty pink bow tied around the top.

I think people tend to be unsure of what to do with rhubarb and avoid it. If that's you, consider this recipe your nudge to try out using rhubarb in the kitchen! Because this jam is easy to make, it removes that uneasiness you might get from using a new ingredient.

Once you try this rhubarb jam with your breakfast, you'll understand why it has become one of spring's favorite ingredients for so many people. 

Do you have a favorite bit of produce that marks the start of spring for you? Have you tried our Strawberry Rhubarb Jam? We dare you not to love it!

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Rhubarb Jam Recipe

    80 Servings

Ingredients

  • 6 cups Rhubarb
  • 4 cups Sugar
  • 1 3/4 ounces Powdered Pectin

Directions

In a large sauce pan, combine the rhubarb and about 3/4 cup water. Bring to a boil, and then turn down the heat to let the rhubarb simmer until tender and it begins to break apart.

Prepare your canning supplies. Bring the temperature of the glass jars up by processing them in hot water for several minutes, and heat a few cups of water in a small saucepan for the lids. Stir in the pectin until dissolved. Bring back to a boil, and then add in the sugar all at once. Boil hard for a minute longer.

Skim off any foam and ladle the hot jam into the hot jars, leaving 1/4″ headspace. Place the lids and bands on top, screwing on the bands just until fingertip-tight. Place the full jars back into the boiling water and process 10 minutes.

Remove from the water and place the jars on a towel. Let the jars cool. The seals should suck down (you’ll hear a popping noise as they do). Makes about 5 eight-ounce jars.

Notes

  • Rhubarb-Ginger Jam: add 1 Tbsp ground ginger to the rhubarb before cooking. Follow the rest of the recipe as written.
  • Rosemary-Infused Rhubarb Jam: Add 2 sprigs rosemary to the rhubarb before cooking. Follow the recipe as written, and then right before ladling the jam into the jars, remove the sprigs.
  • Rhubarb-Lemon Jam: Add the zest of 1 lemon and replace 2 Tbsp of the water with 2 Tbsp of lemon juice. Follow the rest of the recipe as written.

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Author: Tracy R.
Recipe Yields: 5 jars
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 tablespoon
Servings Per Recipe 80

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 0
Calories 43

% Daily Value*
0%
Total Fat 0g
0%
  Saturated Fat 0g
0%
Sodium 0mg
4%
Total Carbohydrate 11g
0%
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 10g
0%
Protein 0g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Tracy R.

About Tracy

Tracy fell in love with locavorism, and built a business out of Canning & Preserving. She shares all sorts of recipes on Sugarcrafter, and her passion for canning here, but we love her rhubarb jam most of all.