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Pomegranate-Vanilla Molasses

Pomegranite

If you make salads, fresh fruit platters, grill fruits, vegetables and meats and/or  make bar drinks, you should have pomegranate molasses as a go-to  “magic ingredient.” You can purchase it in specialty food stores,  Middle Eastern and Mediterranean markets and online. Or, can make your own. As a DIY specialty, you control the amount of sweetening in this sweet/tart syrup. You also have a unique gift to give family and friends. Best of all, it’s easy to make!

I’ve included vanilla in the ingredients for a couple of reasons. It’s a good flavor match with pomegranate — they complement one another. Also, vanilla softens the acidity in tart foods. Not enough to alter the flavor, but enough to mellow it.

This is a very flexible recipe. You get to make the decisions of how much you want to sweeten it and what sweetener you want to use. Here are the basic ingredients: Have fun!

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is an author, educator, culinary historian, and owner of The Vanilla Company (www.vanillaqueen.com), a socially conscious, product-driven information and education site dedicated to the promotion of pure, natural vanilla, and the support of vanilla farmers worldwide. She also does culinary presentations for food professionals, cooking schools, trade shows, food fairs, and private groups, and is a regular radio and TV guest.
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