Cooking Essentials: Homemade Pomegranate Syrup

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By Andy Anderson !
from Wichita, KS

Pomegranate syrup is a staple in many Mediterranean dishes; the duel components of sweet and sour will tease your taste buds, without overpowering the dish it is being served with. I use it with port wine to make a reduction sauce, and serve it with crispy duck… WOW. It’s very easy to make, and I’m going to give you a whole bunch of ways to use it. So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

serves Several
prep time 5 Min
cook time 1 Hr
method Stove Top

Ingredients

  • PLAN/PURCHASE
  •   4 c
    fresh, non stabilized, pomegranate juice
  •   1/2 c
    sugar, granular variety
  •   2 Tbsp
    lemon juice, freshly squeezed
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How To Make

  • 1
    PREP/PREPARE
  • 2
    Gather your ingredients (mise en place).
  • 3
    Add the lemon juice, and pomegranate juice to a saucepan over medium heat.
  • 4
    Chef’s Note: Stabilized versus non-stabilized: Anything that can sit on a grocery shelf without refrigeration has some type of stabilizing ingredient added. If your pomegranate juice can sit on a shelf it’s been stabilized with chemicals; if it’s in the refrigerated section, it has not been stabilized. Always choose non-stabilized.
  • 5
    When the juice begins to simmer, add the sugar.
  • 6
    Stir until the sugar completely dissolves into the liquid.
  • 7
    Maintain the liquid at a light simmer, stirring occasionally, until the mixture develops the consistency of a syrup, about 55 – 65 minutes.
  • 8
    Chef’s Tip: Not all pomegranate juices are created equal; therefore, you may need to add a bit more sugar, or a bit more lemon juice, to suit your tastes.
  • 9
    Chef’s Note: The liquid will reduced by a bit over half.
  • 10
    Store in the refrigerator in a sealed container.
  • 11
    AWESOME RECIPE IDEAS
  • 12
    MAKE A DRINK: Stir a bit into a glass of sparkling water for a bright and refreshing soda, or add a bit of booze and see where it goes.
  • 13
    USE IT WITH POULTRY: Use it as a sauce base for some chicken thighs, and add in a few plums, and chopped walnuts for a truly Mediterranean taste treat.
  • 14
    HOW ABOUT A VEGGIE GLAZE: Roast some carrots or other root veggies, and use the sauce as a glaze… So yummy.
  • 15
    GRILL WITH IT: Glaze a rack of ribs, chicken, or pork chops, and throw them on the grill. How about glazing your next baked ham.
  • 16
    USE AS A DRESSING: Mix it with a bit of olive oil, for a refreshing new salad dressing.
  • 17
    BE ADVENTUROUS: It’s not just for savory dishes… how about drizzling some over cheesecake, or even over ice cream.
  • 18
    Have fun with it. Enjoy.
  • 19
    Keep the faith, and keep cooking.
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