Homemade grenadine is really easy to make, it adds a little more zing than the store bought kind. When I tasted it I wasreally surprised how much it tasted like the real thing. A little less syrupy, more flavorful version of the real thing.
Daunted by canning, no more, I've leapt in with both feet. This sweet & gingery chutney was wholey inspired by the abundant baskets of fruit at a local farmers market. Packed with organic pears, apples, dried cherries & spices, it is warmth in a jar.
No local cranberries in California, but no worries. Pomegranates stand in for a sweet-tart, hard-set jelly that resembles the stuff from a can you grew up with. (But you'll have to carve the ridges yourself.)
Pomegranate molasses is a traditional ingredient in Middle Eastern cooking and can be found at Middle Eastern markets, or you can easily make some yourself with some pomegranate juice, sugar, and lemon.
Gearing up for holiday gift giving? Here's a real work-horse jelly. Unusually beautiful, unusually tasty and unusually easy (shhh, don't tell...) Good with juice from a jar, better with fresh. Plus that makes a better story.