Prize Winning Preserves: Organic Rhubarb Raisin Jam with Citrus & a touch of Ginger

photo of rhubarb raisin & citrus conserve over cream cheese on akmak cracker
Full flavors of Rhubarb Raisin & Citrus Conserve are wonderful drizzled over a creamy tart chevre or cheesecake.
2011 RED RIBBON Winner!
label graphic for rhubarb raisin citrus conserve This tasty jam, technically a conserve of mixed fruits,  took prizes at both the 2011 Marin & Sonoma County Fairs.
Organic Rhubarb Raisin Ginger Citrus Jam (April 2014 ~ Back in Stock!)
8oz~$12 ea, 4oz~$7ea, 2oz Gift Basket sampler Jars~$5ea

evening rain graphic from the weather channelToday was a surprise. Though there was only a 20% chance of rain, we got a good spritz this afternoon. ‘Felt’ it coming this morning as we were getting ready to go to the farmers market for fruit and fresh salad mixings. Got that done along with a trip to our Community Co-op Market to get bulk purchase Bragg’s Aminos and organic Golden Jojoba for the special natural aromatics perfumes and essential oil healing blends I also like to create. LOVE doing creative cookery on rainy days. Don’t you? Feels so homey to me. Don’t have kids at home anymore to make cookies for, so making preserves are fun, too….less of a nibbling temptation (for me) and they don’t have to be eaten right away. old farmers almanac e-newsletter graphicA month ago in late April, my sis emailed me a Rhubarb Jam with Lime and Ginger recipe by Melissa Pellegrino. Besides the fresh accent of lime, it also calls for FRESH minced ginger. YUM! Then, as if the rhubarb flower fairies had a hand in this, The Farmers Almanac May 10th email also was featuring rhubarb recipes. Felt I had to give it a go… I’m a fan of rhubarb pie, but have never cooked rhubarb before, so it felt like an adventure. The other thing I tend to do, which makes my hubby Bill shake his head, is to improvise on recipes when I’ve never even cooked them before. Definitely not what Ms. Martha, Bill’s or my Mom would advise! Gutsy, confident, experimental, I have a feel for recipes ~ just from reading them ~ and a good intuitive sense of what improvements can be made from the outset. Soooo, why not?!!

Organic Rhubarb Raisin Citrus Ginger Jam (a Mixed Fruits Conserve)

For best flavor, let this meld a few days — preferably a few weeks before serving. — English Meadows Inn, Kennebunkport. Maine

rhubarb stalks
Stalks of rhubarb

This 2011 Marin Fair prize-winning organic Rhubarb Raisin Jam is Cynthe’s “Improved” recipe. (see The Farmers Almanac’s original recipe via the recipe title link) Yield: Makes about 7 cups
Cynthe’s COMMENT: Quantities were much too large for my purposes. Cut the ingredients to half. Reduced sugar proportions by 1/2 pound (1 cup). The finished conserve is still very sweet, really too sweet for my preferences. I’ve included smaller sugar proportions in brackets, which is how I’ll make it next time.

INGREDIENTS (organic is best):
~ 2 pounds, organic Red Rhubarb
~ 1-1/4 pounds organic granulated Cane Sugar
NOTE: Reduce to 1 pound / 2 cups, next time.
~ 3/4 pound organic Brown Sugar
NOTE: Reduce to 1/2 pound / 1 cup, next time.
~ 1/4 cup organic candied Ginger (from Australia)
~ 1-1/2 teaspoons FRESH organic Ginger, minced…idea from the recipe my sister sent.
NOTE: Freshly made, it’s almost undetectable. After 2-3 weeks of mellowing, tastes distinctly gingery. It could be stronger, but the flavor balance is quite perfect.
~ 1/3 cup fresh, organic Orange Rind
~ Minced, grated rind and juice of 2 organic Meyer Lemons (from my own tree)
~ 1/2 pound organic seedless Thompson or Flame Raisins

rhubarb conserve ingedients macerated in pan and ready to cook
Rhubarb Conserve ingredients well macerated in sugar, juicy and ready to cook.

INSTRUCTIONS:
~ WASH, PEEL, and CUT rhubarb in 1-inch pieces.
~ MIX all the ingredients together. Let stand 30 minutes until the fruit is well macerated and juicy.
~ SIMMER for 40 min or so until the rhubarb gets very soft and starts to thicken. Check often, watching carefully that the heat’s not too high. Don’t overcook the fruit mixture.
~ POUR into hot sterilized jars, seal, label and date.

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My OH my! This Rhubarb Raisin Jam is FANTASTIC after the flavors meld for 3 weeks!! The tartness comes to the fore as does the gingery accent. Both were disappointingly indistinct, when the conserve was freshly made. We’ll definitely be keeping one of the taste tester jars for ourselves and to share nibbles with friends.

photo of rhubarb raisin & citrus conserve over cream cheese on akmak cracker
Rhubarb Raisin & Citrus conserve marries beautifully with creamy toppings & rustic breads.

ANNOUNCING: Gourmet Preserves For Sale! Handcrafted in Limited Quantities

With SO much interest in my old-fashioned, no pectin added, gourmet preserves, I’m now making extra jars of all jams / jellies / conserves for sale on a first-come first-served basis. My OH my! This Rhubarb Conserve is FANTASTIC!! The tartness comes to the fore as does the gingery accent. Distinctly gingery, it could be stronger, but the flavor balance is quite perfect. We’ll definitely be keeping jars for ourselves and to share nibbles with friends.

buy rhubarb preservesOur 2011 Marin Fair Red Ribbon Prize-Winner!
April 2014 ~ Organic Rhubarb Raisin Citrus Ginger Conserve are back in stock!
8oz Jars~$12 ea, 4oz Jars~$7ea, 2oz Gift Basket sampler Jars~$5ea
INGREDIENTS: Organic Red Rhubarb, Organic Minneola Tangerines (Rind), Organic Meyer Lemons (Juice & Zest), Organic Thompson & Flame Raisins, Organic Cane & Brown Sugars, Organic Australian Candied Ginger, fresh Organic Ginger

HANDLING+SHIPPING:
For MULTIPLE jar orders, select applicable Priority Mail shipping rate (see list below) in the cart for the 1st jar. Select FREE shipping for additional jars or the shipping fee will be overcharged.

Priority Mail, MEDIUM Flat Rate box ~ $17.35
Includes handling, insurance and delivery confirmation (Up to 3-8oz jars OR up to 6-4oz jars OR an assortment with a few 2oz Gift Basket sampler jars.)

Priority Mail, LARGE Flat Rate box ~ $23.75
Includes handling, insurance and delivery confirmation (Up to 6-8oz jars OR 9-4oz jars OR a combination of 4oz+ 8oz jars…email us with the preserves you’re considering, so we can see what fits.)

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Pick-Up at our Santa Rosa, CA address. Email for directions and to coordinate a time.

We’re happy to do international shipments, too. Will research those costs if you express interest via an email or leave a inquiry in the comments.

SOURCES: Rhubarb stalks photo originally seen on www.bountyofthewesternreserve.com

photo of rhubarb raisin citrus ginger conserve marin fair 2011
Rhubarb Raisin Citrus Ginger Conserve took 2nd place at the 2011 Marin Fair

Thanks to Jean Ann Van Krevelen for giving me permission to use her lovely rhubarb photograph to which I added the orange slice for the label design. Jean promotes growing, buying, and eating local seasonal produce at www.goodenoughgardening.com

If you like rhubarb, check out this site: The Rhubarb Compendium for great recipes.

3 thoughts on “Prize Winning Preserves: Organic Rhubarb Raisin Jam with Citrus & a touch of Ginger”

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  2. Victoria Brush

    I think if you want to market these successfully, you’ll have to do it through local stores and markets. The shipping costs are really prohibitive. I recently paid $10 for a local grapefruit marmalade, an 8-0z jar, but that was a splurge.

  3. Farm markets would be the traditional route. We have several jam makers with seniority at our local markets, so it might be tough to secure a space.

    Quite a few “jammers” sell on Etsy. And my friend Susan, tells me a Hawaiian tropical fruit company she’s purchased from had their biggest mail order sales season ever last year, despite the additional Priority Mail costs. But that’s a tourist memento / gift market niche and they also have a farm market presence. I’ll have to give this some thought…

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