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Jul 14, 2006 08:44 PM

Pomegranate Paste vs. Molasses?

Are they the same thing or if they differ when do you use which?

Seems I bought the Sadaf Pomegranate paste when I think I meant to buy the molasses. Most of the posts I recently raead on condiments and pomegranates only refer to the molasses.

Help me make the best of my new bottle, please?

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  1. Hmmm ... congrats. Unless Chowhound search has failed me, this is the first mention of pomegranate paste.

    In this link to the Hormel food glossary on pomegranates, there are pictures of both molasses and paste

    It looks to me like they are pretty similar and one could be substituted for another.

    It seems from Hormel's detailed description on the paste it is from a special variety of pomegranite ...

    "A syrup, made from the seeds of a tart variety of pomegranate"

    You might check the ingrediant list. Maybe since it is a syrup they add sugar. The molasses is just boiled down pommegranite juice and that is the only ingrediant.

    Here's the detail on the molasses

    Try it in some yogurt.

    Hormel says

    "When ground walnuts are cooked with pomegranate paste it becomes a sweet and nutty mixture that can be added to foods to create a rich, complex flavor.'

    Well, there's an idea. Even without cooking it together, I'll bet the pomegranate/walnut/yogurt combo would be delicious.

    Now I'm going to have to buy some paste and see how it differs ... and walnuts.

    Found this article that compared different brands of pomegranite molasses and paste. It seems the paste was better for desserts ... I'm thinking vanilla ice cream ... topped with walnuts.

    If the yogurt doesn't work out, here's a potential cheesecake recipe

    1. thanks much for the informative reply & links.

      Recalling an older post, I went to the store looking for the Sadaf brand and bought the only Sadaf bottle I saw there.

      The Sadaf paste ingredients label states: 100% Natural California Pomegranate Concentrate, No Preservatives.

      Link to product purchased:

      Looks like Sadaf (online) also sells molasses (though it wasn't stocked in the store I visited


      My initial intent was to use it as a marinade. Funny most every recipe I now see uses (the molasses) on chicken or lamb.

      However, before I saw any of the CH posts, I had enjoyed a grilled salmon coated with some sort of unspecified pomegranate glaze/marinade.

      In any event, you have a good idea about the vanilla ice cream. aAfter all this season, I seem to be in a Vanilla ice cream mood.

      thanks again and i'd love to hear how your walnut experiments pan out.

      1. just a funny follow-up

        At the website they sell Pomegranate Molasses.

        However, when I enlarged the picture of the bottle, turns out to be a photo of my Sadaf Pomegranate Paste.

        fwiw, here's CS's product description:

        Size: 12.7 OZ
        Category: DESSERT SAUCES
        Made from ripe, red and deliciously wonderful pomegranates.

        The juice is concentrated by gentle cooking to a thick syrup. It is 100% pure pomegranate - no flavor enhancers, sugar or salt is added.

        serving suggestions:
        It's a great flavoring for refreshing drinks - try some with a bit of sparkling mineral water. It is an often used flavoring for Middle Eastern cooking, both sweet and savory. Why not a pomegranate vinaigrette?

        1. Ok, so since I ran out of Pomegranate molasses last week, I decide to replace it with a bottle of Zarrin Pomegranite paste from Iran. The ingredients on the bottle says pomegranate concentrate. So this bottle was thinner than the molasses and the color browner.

          Mixed in yogurt it looked the color of chocolate ice cream. The taste is similar, but I prefer the thicker molasses. You would think with the word 'paste' it would be thicker than the molasses. Might just be the brand.

          For my purposes of mixing mainly with yogurt or oatmeal, it will be fine. The market was selling a custom dried fruit/nut mix with apricots, figs, almonds, walnuts and some little round unidentified nuts. Mixed it in the yogurt. It was fine, but the walnut / pomegranate combo wasn't as good as I imagined.

          If all paste is this consistancy, it would be the better product for mixing with drinks or stews since the molasses is thick and tends to sink to the bottom of beverages. This would mix better with liquids.

          1. Not an answer to your question, but I recently bought some of the molasses. It doesn't say on the bottle whether it should be refrigerated after opening. Does anyone know?