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Asda Frozen Sliced Rhubarb
Member Name: rachelwestall
Asda Frozen Sliced Rhubarb
Advantages: Great when rhubarb is out of season
Disadvantages: Very sharp!
It may seem a funny time of year to be writing a review about rhubarb. However my middle son, who is 12, is through to the second round of a cookery competition in a few weeks time where he has to cook a three course meal. In his wisdom he decided that the desert he wanted to make would have rhubarb in it, so rhubarb I had to buy. Now as you may know rhubarb is out of season at the moment and it is very difficult to find fresh rhubarb in the shops (except Waitrose where it costs £2.99 for 400g) so for a trial run I decided we would give frozen rhubarb a go. The only place I managed to get it was Asda. So this review is for a 500g tub of Asda - ripe and juicy - sliced rhubarb, from the freezer section. It cost £1.98, so quite a bit cheaper than buying it fresh for his practise run.
The rhubarb comes in a clear plastic tub which is recyclable (unless you live within a local authority that don't recycle plastic tubs and pots, like I do.) and has a 'pull back' plastic film top (not recyclable). Wrapped around the tub is a cardboard sleeve (recyclable) that has a picture of the product, nutritional and storage information, how to prepare and a recipe for Oaty Rhubarb Crumble.
There is also a little stamp that says - 'a Delia CHEAT! Ingredient' I am not sure why Delia uses frozen Rhubarb as a cheat (unless its just useful out of season) because you couldn't really get a more simple fruit to prepare. Wash, Slice - use!!
The labeling also says that the rhubarb is ' Frozen from within hours of harvesting for locked in freshness'. It doesn't say how many hours - it could be 523 hours!!! There is no indication as to where the rhubarb has come from.
As the packaging is clear, it is easy to see exactly what you are buying. The rhubarb looks a good colour - lots of pink and a greenish shades. It was chopped into lengths of roughly 2cm. I was pleased with what I saw. As I peeled back the lid the smell was not strong, as you would expect from this fruit, but it was definitely 100% rhubarb!
The packaging suggests you defrost at room temperature for 1 ½ to 2 hours which we did. I thought as it was frozen it may turn to mush but I was pleasantly surprised that after it had defrosted it looked quite fresh and had retained its shape.
For the purposes of my son's recipe we needed to stew the rhubarb with brown sugar, which we did. This took longer than the time I would usually allow for stewing fresh rhubarb. Some of the larger pieces seemed quite tough. I instructed my son to add the amount of brown sugar that I thought we should use (I prefer rhubarb slightly more tart, my son would definitely go for much sweeter!) but the rhubarb was incredibly sharp and he needed to add a lot of extra sugar to make it edible without wincing.
The stewed rhubarb looked the part and was a lovely pinky colour. It looked good on his cheesecake (Ginger & Vanilla cheesecake with rhubarb compot).
~Would I buy this again?~
The answer has to be - in an emergency! It looked good and was easy to use but if I hadn't stewed it and had just put it as a base for a crumble (as the packaging suggests) I think you would have found it very tough. It was also incredibly sour. This is why it only gets 3 stars from me. Fresh rhubarb, when you can get it, is far superior.
As an aside my son has changed his desert to Tart Tartin - He didn't like the rhubarb! Now we just have to practise that one and the two other courses. Wish me luck!!
Thank you for reading.
Summary: May have been that batch of rhubarb, but I would go for fresh every time.
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