Sunday 7 August 2016

And now for something completely different

I mentioned Rhubarb Relish to some acquaintances and relatives and I got some blank looks in return. My grandmother on my father's side made it years ago. My father loved the stuff and I remember at one time years and years ago there would be a bunch of it sealed in mason jars in the family coldroom. He had it when he was a kid. We would eat it with steak, roast, hamburger, basically beef. I was beginning to think this was a family specific thing since no one I know had ever heard of it. 

I was visiting my mother this weekend and asked her if she remembered it or knew who had a recipe for it. Mom did have a recipe for it. For those that might be interested:

Rhubarb Relish

One quart rhubarb
1 teaspoon allspice
1 chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1 pint of vinegar
2 teaspoons salt
2 pounds brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Combine the ingredients and boil until thick. Then bottle and seal. 


  1. Wow, thanks for that! My dad, growing up in the upper midwest, loved rhubarb, but you can't grow it where I am in Kali - too hot! Gotta buy it at the store if you want it, but this is a good reason to go get some. Sounds like a great fall/winter relish.

    1. I have not had it for maybe thirty years. My mother consulted her handwritten recipe book so I think this is the recipe.

  2. Thanks for the recipe. It sounds really good. Next time I can get my hands on some rhubarb, I'm going to give it a try.

  3. Something else I may have to try to put up....

  4. Rhubarb pie!!!! Yummy!!! Grows well here in Joisey - but alas, I didn't plant any. My Dad always had a few plants just to make that pie!