POMEGRANATE MOLASSES

January 31, 2019

I love oriental food. But some of the ingredients are hard to come by in central Europe. At least pomegranate molasses is easy to make yourself. Talking from experience – pomegranate juices you can buy at the store usually don’t work so well for this. They taste like pomegranate peel or somehow old. In any case I would really make the effort to squeeze out the arils yourself!

  • 4 cups pomegranate juice [about 8 large pomegranates]
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

_ remove arils from pomegranates [like shown here]
_ crush lightly so the arils are broken [in a blender or inside a plastic bag]
_ strain through a fine meshed sieve or a cloth

_ combine pomegranate juice with sugar and lemon juice in a large pot or saucepan 
[if you have pomegranate with a high acidity level feel free to add a little more sugar]
_ bring to a simmer and stir until sugar is dissolved
_ simmer until liquid is reduced to about ¼ of the original amount [until juice starts to get syrupy – remember it will be even thicker when cold]
_ transfer to a steril jar and store in the fridge

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