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Cooking With Pomegranate Molasses

Know Your Ingredients: Pomegranate Molasses

Looking for a new way to spice up your cooking life? Try pomegranate molasses, a dark liquid used to impart a tangy, sweet flavor in dishes, particularly those of Middle Eastern origin.

Despite the name, pomegranate molasses isn't truly molasses, which comes as a byproduct of cane or beet sugar processing. Rather, this deep purple reduction, which has the consistency of maple syrup, is made by cooking down the juice of pomegranates with lemon juice and sugar.

Historically, the resulting substance is used to bring a fruit-forward pucker to meats and dishes such as muhammara, a Syrian red pepper, walnut, and garlic spread. But its uniquely nuanced taste makes it an ideal flavor booster for much more, including soups and stews, and desserts such as ice cream, cake, and candy.
The ingredient is widely available in Middle Eastern markets. Have you ever cooked with pomegranate molasses?

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zeze zeze 7 years
It's AMAZING on grape leaves. When you cook the grape leaves in water and lemon and oil, add this and it will be the bes grape leaves ever!
freakorist freakorist 7 years
I love it so much! It gives your food a lot of flavor and even a little bit of sourness, in a good way. You can even put a little in your salad with an olive oil and vinegar dressing (with lemon salt and sugar) to get a great flavor boost..
lauren lauren 7 years
Yes, I love pomegranate molasses, it is really delicious! I have used it in meat dishes and certain salsas! YUM!
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