How to Make and Use Pomegranate Molasses – Distilling the Essence of a Fabulous Fall Fruit

pomegranate molasses

pomegranate molasses

If you’re like me, you’ve passed on buying fresh pomegranates because you were intimidated by them. How would I extract the seeds and even if I succeeded in wrestling them loose, then what? I’ve passed by jars of pomegranate juice in the store and instead chose familiar cranberry. But in the short time it takes you to read this post and watch the one minute video, your unfounded trepidation will vanish. You’ll be motivated to buy the antioxidant-rich ruby red fruit and a jar of pomegranate juice and learn how to make and use pomegranate molasses.

How to Make and Use Pomegranate Molasses

The video shows you how to make the molasses and then use it in four simple recipes — links to all of them below. You’ll be making molasses magic in no time at all!

Versatile Pomegranate Molasses

Many people overlook the versatility of pomegranate molasses as a condiment and essential kitchen ingredient. The tangy, tantalizing, seductively sticky pomegranate elixir will win you over at first taste. It’s available for purchase at international markets or online, but as you can see in the video it’s so easy to make, why bother buying it? It’s just a reduction of pomegranate juice, which, yes, you can distill out of fresh pomegranates. But you can also buy a bottle of juice at your local grocer, pour it in a small pot, cook it down, and you end up with a condiment that you’ll find yourself pouring on and in everything. Think of it as the balsamic vinegar of the Middle East. From a drizzle on your hummus, to a dressing for your salad, to a marinade for your main course, a flavoring for a cocktail, and finally as a finish to your delectable dessert, you’ll be reaching for it as a layer of surprising flavor for any part of your meal.

And here are a few more great ideas not in the video:

Make-Your-Own Pomegranate Molasses
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It's as easy as boiling your pomegranate juice to a syrupy consistency, and—violà!—you have pomegranate molasses. Widely used in Middle Eastern cookery, its addictively intense sweet and tart flavor, reminiscent of balsamic vinegar, is now making it a popular addition to a wide range of dishes.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups pomegranate juice (will yield approx. ½ cup of molasses)
Instructions
  1. Pour juice into a small heavy-bottomed pot. Bring to a low boil over medium to medium-high heat. Adjust heat as needed to maintain a low boil.
  2. At about 30 to 35 minutes, you’ll notice the liquid is taking on a syrupy texture and that it’s becoming more bubbly. At this point, the transition from syrup to molasses happens quickly. Watch closely and keep testing with a spoon.
  3. As it becomes syrup, it will start coating the spoon. As it becomes molasses, it’ll have an even heavier coating. Better to take it off the stove too early than too late. If it’s too liquidy, you can boil it down a bit more, but you can’t reverse the process if it’s too thick or burnt.
  4. The whole process will take between 30 and 40 minutes (closer to 40). You can be more aggressive with the heat to speed up the process.
  5. Pay close attention near the end because as it gets syrupy, it can burn and over-reduce very quickly.
  6. Store the molasses in an airtight container in the refrigerator, where it will keep for a while.

(A little backstory: In early 2016, I met the dynamic mother/daughter team of Debbie and Ariel Sultan, who combined their baby boomer/millennial perspectives to form a food marketing and video production company called Food Guru. When they asked me to collaborate on a video to show off our skills in the kitchen and behind the camera, I jumped at the opportunity). Food Guru works as an agency and marketing department for food and beverage businesses to create, connect, and convert audiences to loyal customers and influencers. Check out their sizzle reel here.)
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4 Responses to How to Make and Use Pomegranate Molasses – Distilling the Essence of a Fabulous Fall Fruit

  1. Karen October 21, 2016 at 6:51 pm #

    I am loving all of these pomegranate molasses recipes!! Fantastic!

    • Beth Lee October 22, 2016 at 2:53 pm #

      Thank you! Easy and full of flavor – my two favorite attributes in cooking!

  2. Diane Fisher October 24, 2016 at 8:49 am #

    What did I do wrong before- I hope you can help! I have a pomegranate tree, excitedly picked lots of fruit, juiced them with my food mill, put the juice on a low flame. I kept checking to see if it thickened. At some point I realized it was mostly evaporated away! I ended up keeping a half cup but it didn’t really thicken. What did I do wrong??

    • Beth Lee October 24, 2016 at 10:43 am #

      Does any water get added in the food mill process? Did you add anything to the juice when you reduced it? Was it at a low boil? I usually end up with about a half cup from two cups of liquid and it takes me a bit over 35 minutes going at a medium-ish flame with a low boil.

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