Rhubarb Butter without Canning

Heidi Hoerman


Fruit butters have much less sugar in them than jellies, jams, or preserves but are just as good on bread or as a glaze for pork or chicken.

This recipe calls for only adding as much salt and sugar as your taste requires. The batch in the picture took 2 very small pinches of salt and 6 tablespoons (3/8 cup) of sugar.

Fruit butters may have spices in them like cinnamon or may simply rely on the flavor of the fruits for their kick.

Although this same recipe may be adapted for canning, making a small quantity to store in the fridge or freezer works just as well.

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5 Min
1 Hr


3 or 4 stick
rhubarb, washed, leaves and tought strings removed, and diced
2 or 3 medium
apples, peeled, cored, and diced
2 medium
lemons (juice only) or 3 tbl bottled lemon juice
1 or 2 pinch
salt (optional)
0 to 8 Tbsp
sugar (to taste)


1In a medium, non-reactive saucepan, on medium-low heat, bring the rhubarb, apples, and lemon juice to a slow boil. Add a pinch of salt (optional).
2Simmer on medium low heat, stirring frequently until the fruit becomes the consistency of apple sauce (about 15 minutes). Hurry the fruit along by mashing if you wish.
3Taste the unsweetened sauce and add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach the desired sweetness. Add another pinch of salt if desired.
4Simmer for another 15 to 20 minutes, stirring frequently or until a "thick applesauce" consistency is reached.
5Allow the resulting fruit butter to cool in the sauce pan and then transfer to clean containers for storage in the refrigerator or freezer. If your containers are clean and well-sealed, the rhubarb butter should last 2 or 3 weeks in the refrigerator or 6 months in the freezer.
6Use as you would any jam or preserves. The batch pictured above resulted in about 2 cups of rhubarb butter, one headed to the fridge, the other to the freezer.

About this Recipe

Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtags: #lemon, #apples, #rhubarb