Many people contact me and ask, "Do you peel rhubarb"?, and "Does rhubarb need to be peeled?"
The answer to this question is a resounding "NO"! Rhubarb never needs to be peeled, and should not be.
I have grown rhubarb for many, many years, and harvested great quantities of rhubarb, but have never peeled the rhubarb stalks.
Some sources claim that the stalks of field-grown rhubarb may be too fibrous, causing "strings" to separate from the stalks, and therefore the strings need to peeled off.
This is not necessary however, one just needs to be sure to use a sharp knife when processing /chopping the rhubarb.
When chopping your rhubarb to use for a recipe, or to freeze rhubarb, ensure you have a sharp knife!
A sharp knife will eliminate any "strings" from coming apart from the rhubarb stalks.
When I first began growing rhubarb, I also had occasions when the rhubarb appeared to be "stringy" when I chopped it. Admittedly this is annoying ;)
I just pulled the strings off, and that worked fine.
Then, one day ...
My son-in-law, Joel, suggested I invest in a knife sharpener.
He advised me that my cutting experience with rhubarb stalks, and with ALL other cutting of fruits, vegetables, meats, and so on, would improve drastically.
(I had been using the same, unsharpened knives for over 20
I did invest in a simple, inexpensive, knife sharpener, exactly like the one pictured above).
A "J. A. Henckels International Hand Sharpener".
Click on the image above for additional product information and customer reviews at *Amazon.com).
If you do not own a knife sharpener, I whole-heartedly recommend you purchase one, (or add one to your Christmas wish list(!) ... You will be glad you did!
If you are looking for a gift for an Wedding Shower, a Birthday, or a Christmas gift, consider an indispensable knife sharpener.
My rhubarb never gets stringy anymore!
No one needs to peel rhubarb!
Oh, and ... thanks for the hint Joel! :)
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