Rhubarb Chutney

Adapted from


  • 4 cups Rhubarb, coarsely diced
  • 2 cups Light Brown Sugar (or honey to taste!)
  • 1/2 cup Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 cup Cider Vinegar (optional)
  • 2 Tart Apples, peeled and coarsely diced (optional)
  • 1 cup Raisins (optional)
  • 3 tbsp Fresh Ginger, minced (optional)
  • 10 Black Peppercorns (optional)
  • 4 Whole Cloves (optional)


  1. Place the rhubarb, sugar, and lemon juice in a heavy saucepan. Bring to a simmer and add the remaining ingredients.

  2. Continue to simmer 20 minutes or so, until the rhubarb is tender but still holds its shape.

  3. The chutney will keep for many months in the refrigerator. For pantry storage, transfer the mixture to sterilized jars, seal with sterilized lids and process five minutes in a boiling water bath, or alternatively, place the hot mixture in freshly sterilized jars, seal the jars with sterilized lids and invert the jars on the counter top for five minutes. (This is a new method that has proved safe.)