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Clean and Peel The Rhubarb – That’s How It Works

How to prepare rhubarb for cooking or baking

Rhubarb is quick to clean and peel. In contrast to young rhubarb, you should always peel older rhubarb. The thicker stems contain more unhealthy oxalic acid.

  • If you have particularly thick stalks of rhubarb, it is best to use a vegetable peeler to peel them. The young, thin rhubarb stalks can be easily peeled with a kitchen knife.
  • Before you start peeling, remove the leaves from the sticks.
  • Then wash the sticks under running water and place them on a kitchen towel to dry them.
  • Then cut off the top and bottom of each rhubarb stalk.
  • Then remove the peel from the sticks in strips with a knife or vegetable peeler.

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Written by John Myers

Professional Chef with 25 years of industry experience at the highest levels. Restaurant owner. Beverage Director with experience creating world-class nationally recognized cocktail programs. Food writer with a distinctive Chef-driven voice and point of view.

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