Thursday, December 6, 2007

How to Make Pomegranate Molasses




I'm not exactly sure when I started hearing about pomegranate molasses, but it was such an interesting concept I had to try it out.

I'm a girl who loves regular ol' sorghum molasses. It's good stuff. It's especially good dripping out of a buttery biscuit.

I've not tried pomegranate molasses in a biscuit yet, but don't worry... I will soon!

Pomegranate molasses is a staple in middle eastern cooking. I don't do a lot of middle eastern cooking, but I love foods from that area. The molasses is a rich, thick syrup basically made from simply cooking down pomegranate juice.
  • This molasses can be used to make beverages, sauces, homemade marinades, salad dressings, etc...
  • You can also make appetizers by placing cream cheese chunks on crackers and drizzling the pomegranate molasses over them.
  • It's also excellent drizzled over meats such as chicken and pork, as I did last night.

You can also buy pomegranate molasses at a variety of online stores for exorbitant prices, but why would you do that, when you can easily make it right in your own kitchen for a fraction of the cost!


Here's how to make it:



Start with either fresh squeezed, or a bottle of fresh pomegranate juice.


You will need:
  • 4 cups pomegranate juice
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. lemon juice

Mix 4 cups pomegranate juice with sugar and lemon juice. If you want a sweeter molasses, add more sugar, I prefer it on the tart side.



Boil in a medium sized sauce pan until mixture reduces to around 1 cup of liquid. This will take anywhere from 45 minutes - 1 hour and 15 minutes.




When the molasses has boiled down to just about 1 cup of thick liquid, let it cool. It will continue to thicken as it cools.


Use immediately in cooking, as a marinade, in salad dressings, beverages, etc...


I used this as a glaze over our boneless pork chops last night for dinner. (You can see Karen's Sweet Potatoes there, they were YUMMY!!) It was delicious!




Store leftover pomegranate molasses in a tightly sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks!





I'd love to hear how you would use pomegranate molasses!
Try it and let me know what you think!



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I am going to be posting a Gluten-Free Christmas Cookie Round Up on December 17th!


I will be zooming around the internet searching out gluten-free bloggers with
christmas cookie recipes and pics!




If you would like to specifically let me know about a cookie recipe on your site that you would like included in the roundup please email me at gingerlemon_girl(at)yahoo(dot)com.



Make sure to include the permalink of your cookie recipe and a picture if you have one!
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7 comments:

  1. Trader Joe's carries inexpensive pomegranate molasses now. I use pom molasses for a variety of things, including roasted vegetables, salad dressings (combined with olive oil, garlic powder, balsamic vinegar, water, honey and dijon mustard) and a delicious marinade for grilled salmon.

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  2. Trader Joe's carries inexpensive pomegranate molasses now. I use pom molasses for a variety of things, including roasted vegetables, salad dressings (combined with olive oil, garlic powder, balsamic vinegar, water, honey and dijon mustard) and a delicious marinade for grilled salmon.

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  3. BYTHEBAY -- Unfortunately I don't have a Trader Joe anywhere close by! Piggly Wiggly is my closest grocery store and they would probably look at me funny if I asked for pomegranate molasses! haha! ;-)

    I never thought of using it for roasted veggies! That's a wonderful idea!! I do love pom molasses in salad dressing! And I'll have to try it on salmon!! YUM! Thanks for the great ideas!!

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  4. I've got a bottle of pom molasses which I sometimes use to make a zippy refreshing drink with sparkling water during the hot months (oh where are they now?!).

    Also use it to make muhammara, a red pepper paste that I found on 101 Cookbooks:

    http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/my-favorite-grilled-kabob-recipe.html

    Much yumminess all round!

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  5. I will try to come up with a cookie for your roundup and post before I leave for CA.

    xoxo
    Nat

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  6. I'm going to try this - looks wonderful.

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  7. Trader Joe's no longer carries pomegranate molasses (at least in my area). Anyone hoping to find it there might want to call their local store.

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