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Yesterday I separated the pomegranate arils from their matrix, and today made this grenadine syrup from the juice. I've never tasted commercial grenadine, but I bet mine would give it a run for its money!

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Plumpossum

:o )))

Bill_I_Am

I agree, Plum. It is heavenly.

Plumpossum

Thanks, Pat. I am quite smitten by the surpassingly beautiful ruby red of the syrup made from the juice. While the little arils are tasty to munch on, the juice made into syrup surpasses the flavor of the fresh fruit. In my opinion.

patw

All the interesting comments about how to make what helps the tequila's sun rise aside, you also created a nice picture for your puzzle, Plum. The colors when it's in pieces are beautiful

Plumpossum

P.S. No preservatives in my grenadine! In fact, I am very diligent about avoiding foods with added preservatives; whether or not they are injurious to your health, they usually degrade the flavor of the food.

Plumpossum

Thanks for the link, Andy! There are some good ideas about loosening the arils, which I will attempt to replicate. I usually slice off the top and bottom of the fruit, and then score it from end to end mostly at the junctures of the sections. This makes it easy to separate the sections to facilitate the aril removal, but it has still been a tedious operation because I had no idea how to loosen the arils to make them drop out more easily.
I'd love to teleport some of my pomegranate syrup to you, but have not figured out how to do that. Tsk.

dris651

I'm willing to bet that your grenadine is vastly superior to the commercial syrup, which has preservatives and is ghastly sweet. Back in my bartending day, I'm sure I poured gallons of the stuff in drinks - the '70s was the Tequila Sunrise decade after all - although I can't say that I ever drank any myself. Re: the harvesting of the arils, perhaps this link might be of help, if you haven't already discovered these 'tricks' on your own.
https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/videos/techniques/how-remove-pomegranate-seeds
Watch that you don't whack yourself now! ;-)
Thanks Plum.

Plumpossum

Yes it is, Bill. I have to exert extreme self-control to keep from sipping it.
Good for you, colind4! If you want to speed up the process, you can buy pomegranate juice.
:o), Costajig!

How very interesting. It would take me forever. Eat a few, put a few in the bowl.

colind4

OK. Plum P! Thank you. Your method is straightforward and simple. I have both the time and the patience. I'm gonna do it!! :-))

Bill_I_Am

I've never heard of homemade grenadine. But I'll bet yours is to die for, Plum! It's such a unique and delicious flavor. I've often wondered how the arils are extracted commercially. What a lot of bother. Congratulations!

Plumpossum

Well, colind4, I don't know if I did it "right" or not, but I can report that it tastes so good I want to drink it straight! The hardest part is extracting the little pomegranate arils from the fruit -- a terminally tedious affair. Then comes the easy part: extract the juice from the arils by whirling in a blender and then straining out the resulting pulp and seeds. The recipe I used calls for equal amounts of juice and sugar (by volume), which you cook for a while and then bottle it. There are lots of recipes to be found on the internet; the hardest part is choosing one!

colind4

And I bet you're right! So.... how exactly did you do it? I'd dearly love to get it by doing it right!!