If you live in any city, pomegranate molasses is fairly easy to come by. It can be found in any Middle Eastern Grocery and a lot of large markets are now stocking it too. So the idea of making my own pomegranate molasses was the furthest thing from my mind until POM Wonderful came into the picture. Sure, I've used their juices but actually making my own molasses?? Could it actually be done easily? Turns out, yes. Really.
I decided that in order to be as authentic to fresh pomegranate taste as I could, and keeping with my old skool traditions (that's the way I roll) I would make everything in my POM dinner from scratch.
Besides 2 cases of fresh delicious pomegranates, I was given a number of coupons allowing me free bottles of POM Wonderful juice. I decided to take 2 of those bottles and start brewing molasses.
Here's how you can do the same thing without any chemicals and preservatives in 60 minutes. All you need is POM Wonderful juice, lemon and sugar. Slow as molasses. No way!
1/2 cup of sugar
That's it. Simmer the mixture for 1 hour. It may take less time. Keep an eye on things so it doesn't burn. Whisk it every now and then. I made this while working on our script and popping into the kitchen every now and then to check on it. When it coats the spoon it's done.
Speaking of checking on it, on one kitchen trip I was surprised to find one of my "boys" staring into the kitchen window looking for me.
Meanwhile the juice simmered away. At the end of an hour, two 16 oz bottles had reduced to a nice thick cup of freshly made, no preservatives, only the good stuff pomegranate molasses.