How To Cut Rhubarb
So you want to make rhubarb pie and are wondering how to cut rhubarb. Rhubarb is also known as the pie plant since it is most commonly used as pie filling and is easy to cut. This is a vegetable that is largely eaten and served like a fruit, sweetened and cooked. Let us see how rhubarb is cut prior to being cooked.
Steps To Cut Rhubarb
- Using a sharp knife trim the leaf end and the roots. Leaves of rhubarb are not edible since they contain high levels of oxalic acid. Hence discard them.
- Rhubarb stalks that are wider than 1 inch may require to be sliced in halves or thirds lengthwise.
- Trim bruised surface on stems.
- The stems of filed grown rhubarbs are fibrous and hence the fibers would need to be peeled off.
- Take the stems; make a cut under the skin. Pull the fibers down the stems and remove the fibers.
- Hothouse-grown rhubarbs have tender stems and do not require any peeling.
- Wash the stems very well.
- Cut the stems into pieces of desired size. Cut them crosswise to get rhubarb batons.
- The batons can be further cut crosswise to get smaller, bite sized rhubarb pieces.
Rhubarb is a vegetable that can be cut very easily. Hope the steps on how to cut rhubarb outlined above proves helps you in cooking this vegetable to make jams, soups, stews etc.