Friday, December 4, 2009

Pomegranate Molasses for World's AIDS Day

I know I am a few days late. There are reasons - silly and serious - but that's for another post. Ever since I say 5-Star Foodie's post linking to Angela of Spinach Tiger and her Cooking Red to Remember I knew I had to participate. I was still living in NYC when this "unknown" disease fiercely struck. I sadly remember those lost, the panic, the fear and so I post. Angela's story is filled with love and compassion and worth your time.

I've had a hard time finding pomegranate molasses - and when I did, I found it to be about the price of a car payment, so I "surfed" at home looking for a way to make it. The recipes are similar but most remain too tart for my family (I've upped the sugar; you don't have to). I now put this all over pork roasts, add to chicken sauces, glaze roast vegetables with it and add a drop to a vinaigrette. I know there is a gelato in its future.

2 cups pomegranate juice
1/4-1/2 cup sugar
generous squeeze of 1/4 lemon

Put all in a saucepan and simmer till reduced to 1/4 cup and thick and syrupy. It took me about an hour and I checked and stirred every ten-minutes. Enjoy!

29 comments:

joe@italyville said...

for a great cause... and so interesting. Thanks Claudia.

Katherine Aucoin said...

This molasses is worth the wait. I am loving this Claudia. I can see it as a grilling sauce in the Spring too.

theUngourmet said...

I can imagine how fabulous this would be over a pork roast. Yum! Thanks for the reminder about this important cause!

Mary said...

It's so wonderful to have a recipe that allows us to make the molasses at home. Thanks a bunch for this.

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Cooking Red to Remember is such a great cause. Thanks for the recipe on how to make pomegranate molasses. I've been looking for a recipe and now I have to look no further.
Sam

Katy ~ said...

Yumm... thank you for posting this. Such a versatile sauce and flavoring. I am delighted to see this.

OysterCulture said...

I read Angela's story a few days back and was very moved by it. Your contribution is stunning and Pomegranate Molasses is so versatile, and not to mention very pretty too.

Lynda said...

Thanks for the recipe, Claudia; I've seen several recipes calling for it, but I hadn't looked for a recipe yet. It's so pretty and vibrant looking- now to find some uses for it!

Wanda said...

Well Claudia, I have never come across pomegranate "molasses", you have intoduced me to something new.

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figtree said...

It is sooo expensive...thanks for telling us how to make it.

Kim said...

I had no idea that you could make pomegranate molasses yourself!! I'm glad to know I can learn something while laying on my back :D I bet this is delicious on pork, or anything else for that matter.

5 Star Foodie said...

I'm so glad you are participating! And the pomegranate molasses are a great idea! How nice to be able to make it at home!

Sophie said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely,...

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

I've been wanting to try this - but the expense held me back too. This looks so delicious! Rich and vibrant. I read Angela's story too - it was touching and sad. I'm glad you posted this.

Bunny said...

Oh this is terrific and can be used in so many ways, this is a keeper!

pigpigscorner said...

I've been looking for pom molasses too but no luck. Thanks for showing how to make it from scratch!

gaga said...

Hi, I just wanted to let you know that I gave you an award. Come by to pick it up! http://gagainthekitchen.blogspot.com/2009/12/bun.html

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Sounds easy to make and oh so delicious as a glaze on roasts.

Velva said...

What a great way to create an intense, sweet and tangy flavor for meats, vegetables and to use as a glaze. I really like this idea. I am going to remember this one. Thanks!

Chow and Chatter said...

looks great and such a good cause love Rebecca

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Sucha good cause Claudis. Sadly AIDS has taken so many good lives.

I'd love to try making this some day! Pomegranate juice is so healthy.

Fresh Local and Best said...

First, this looks like a great pomegranate molasses recipe. Terrific! Second, I apologize profusely for the redundancy of comments earlier, I must have clicked too many times of the submit button the last time I commented, thinking that it didn't go through the first time. I'm embarrassed! Thanks in advance for your understanding.

Barbara GF said...

What a simple, lovely recipe, Claudia - thanks for sharing it. And for a noble cause.

Chow and Chatter said...

hi I have left an award for you on my blog

CheapAppetite said...

Late is much better than never. After all we should be reminded of this cause every day. I'm glad you find a way to save some money. I'm all for that. The recipe is so simple:) I love it.

Kitchen Butterfly said...

Definitely have to try Pomengranate molasses - everywhere I turn, I see POM juice..