Pomegranate Molasses

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Ever since Pom Wonderful started marketing the health benefits of pomegranate juice, and selling them in those cool pom shaped bottles, more and more recipes calling for pomegranate molasses have been popping up. Pomegranate molasses is a traditional ingredient in Middle Eastern cooking and can be used in a variety of dishes such as Fesenjan Persian chicken stew or eggplant lentil stew. You can also mix it with a little orange juice and club soda for a refreshing punch. Pomegranate molasses can be found at Middle Eastern markets, or you can easily make some yourself with some pomegranate juice, sugar, and lemon. (Find more pomegranate molasses recipes by searching food blogs.)

Pomegranate Molasses Recipe

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  • Cook time: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 4 cups pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

Method

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In a large, uncovered saucepan, heat pomegranate juice, sugar, and lemon juice on medium high until the sugar has dissolved and the juice simmers. Reduce heat just enough to maintain a simmer. Simmer for about an hour, or until the juice has a syrupy consistency, and has reduced to 1 to 1 1/4 cups. Pour out into a jar. Let cool. Store chilled in the refrigerator.

If you want your pomegranate molasses to be sweeter, add more sugar to taste, while you are cooking it.

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  • Susan

    Fyi. Persian stores sell two kinds of pomegranate molasses. A sweet one and a sour. The store/restaurant I buy has a kind woman who shared with me that frequently they mix the two for Fessenjoon. I make it and adore Persian cuisine.

  • Anonymous

    hi i would like to know how long pom juice will last in fridge,It is a fantastic juice for well being.i am going to make molasses as well.im not sure if juice will oxcidide as i was told it might.regards kerry

    Good question, we usually drink the juice before it becomes an issue. I don’t really know how long the juice would last. ~Elise

  • Brenda

    will the addition of lemon juice keep the pom molasses from oxidizing and turning brown for the whole time it is stored in the fridge,or for how many days or weeks?

    Great question, I don’t know the answer. Might be a useful experiment, to make one batch with lemon juice and one without, and see what happens in the fridge over time. ~Elise

  • donna fr philly

    Hey Lydia! Great minds think alike. I was in Whole Foods Market the other day searching for Pom molasses. Could not find any until one of the store attendant sent me to the juice aisle. Suddenly it dawned on me if I can’t find pom molasses, hey why dont I make it and that’s exactly what I did. Isn’t that innovative or what.

  • FlowerGardener2

    Thanks for the recipe for the p.molasses.
    Have a beverage from Terrene’s, St.Louis — calls for 1/2 oz p.molasses, 2 oz cranberry juice, 2 squeezed lime wedges, & 3 oz ginger beer, shaken with crushed ice – strain & pour into tall Collins glass, top with more ginger beer & garnish with lime. Found the beer in a large beverage store.

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