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help with pomegranate molasses

mark Sep 1, 2005 09:53 AM

had a salad dressing recipe that called for pomegranate molasses. this is not an easy ingredient to find in my area (recipe text suggested middle-eastern grocers (don't exist in my area) or health-food stores (i checked our local "green" grocers, but couldn't find it)).

i wound up just buying pomegranate juice, and reducing it to a molasses-like consistency (reduced 1/2C to 1/8C). the dressing was very good (i can post the recipe if anyone's interested), and the "molasses" i made was so tasty the extra was eaten as a glaze over vanilla ice-cream for dessert.

my question is: was what i made close to true pomegranate molasses? if not, am i missing something i should search out? any ideas where to get it?

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    suzannapilaf RE: mark Sep 1, 2005 10:03 AM

    It sounds pretty close to me, although the pom molasses I use is more on the tart side rather than sweet. Pomegranates are a big deal now since their health benefits have been touted and I recently saw at our local coop (natural foods) that they are selling a pomegranate concentrate made by one of the big natural juice companies. I can't remember which one, but maybe you can find it in your area. You can get it online too.

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      mark RE: suzannapilaf Sep 1, 2005 10:21 AM

      damn... i was in a hurry and just blanked on the coops. i'll give them a look.

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      Linda W. RE: mark Sep 1, 2005 12:06 PM

      I think you were very close to pom molasses with your reduction. But as for where to get it, if you have a Whole Foods around you, they might have it. Otherwise, check the Amazon link (via Chowhound) for several options in their gourmet section.

      Link: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ext...

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        rexmo RE: mark Sep 1, 2005 03:37 PM

        Besides Middle Eastern grocers, I have seen it in international markets, and Indian and Paki grocers.

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          plum RE: mark Sep 2, 2005 08:15 AM

          What you made was probably better than most commercial brands of pomegranate molasses, and truer to the original spirit.

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