A Delicious Drink: Rhubarb Compote

My neighborhood Farmers Market opened this weekend.  I maaaay have gotten a bit overly excited and bought more stuff than Mr. Dig and I could possibly finish…whoops!  So I did what any full-grown woman would do: I called my mom for help.

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One of the things I had acquired at the Farmers Market was rhubarb.  It’s one of those foods that I grew up with so it’s always had a special place in my heart (and stomach).  I have very fond memories of drinking rhubarb compote while sitting outside with my brother on hot summer nights (yes, Russia does, in fact, have hot summer nights).  So when I called in my mom for culinary advice, one of the first things I wanted to know was how she used to make that super tasty drink.  I made a few tweaks (the inability to follow a recipe runs in our family) and this recipe was born!

Note: The best part of this recipe is that you can reuse the fruit in this recipe to make a delicious jam or homemade applesauce! How thrifty is that?

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb rhubarb, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 apple, cubed
  • 1 pear, cubed
  • 10 cups water
  • 1/4 cup organic cane sugar (you can substitute honey or maple syrup, to taste)
  • 1/3 cup organic coconut palm sugar (you can substitute with more cane sugar, honey, or maple syrup)
  • splash of vanilla extract

Steps:

1.  Bring your 10 cups of water to boil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot.

2. Place your rhubarb, apple, and pear into the boiling water and simmer on low (with lid on) for 20 minutes.

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3. Add in your sweeteners of choice.  I just added my sweeteners, stirred, tasted, and repeated until I liked the taste.

4. Add a splash of vanilla extract and stir.

5. Simmer for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  In the end, it’ll look something like this:

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6. Remove from heat and let cool until the mixture is almost at room temperature.

7.  Strain the fruit bits from the liquid by using mesh strainer.

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8. Pour the rhubarb compote into a glass jar and store in the fridge.

9. Reminder: make sure you keep your strained fruit.  You can either make a jam out of it or just puree it in a blender and get rhubarb applesauce!

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