Monday, October 13, 2008

VeganMoFo: Drumroll Please...

We have a winner! Jeni of Heathen Vegan guessed correctly, I made grenadine! 

As a general rule I avoid artificial colors and high fructose corn syrup as much as possible (aside: have you seen the new ads by the Corn Refiners Association that claim high fructose corn syrup is just like sugar. They are clearly an impartial source of valid information, wouldn't you agree?). I decided to try my hand at homemade grenadine because everything available in stores was basically nothing more than high fructose corn syrup and artificial food coloring. I don't recall ever seeing one that included actual fruit or juice at all. 

I used the recipe from Linda J. Amendt's Blue Ribbon Recipes, so I'm not going to post it here. If you want to make it check your local library, they should stock the book or something similar. And always follow safe canning procedures.

Grenadine is typically used to color and sweeten cocktails, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. Mine did come out very red, but as you can see from the Shirley Temple pictured below, the color dilutes when added to other liquid, much more so than an artificially colored syrup would. And, even though I had to use $6 worth of pomegranates, it was still cheaper than buying a commercial version - I got about three and a half cups of syrup out of it.
Jeni, will you please email me at lilygirl83 (at) gmail (dot) com? If you are still in Spain I just want to make sure it's okay for me to ship home canned items to you. Also, I obviously need your address.


the little one said...

Wow. Homemade grenadine! That's seriously impressive!

Jen Treehugger said...

Oooh oooh what do I win??
The colour's amazing!
I am a sucker for colour!
I'll email you now.

Bethany said...

that is so cool. The color is so intense. it's beautiful.