The only problem with Trader Joe’s is that they sell only their “bestsellers”. That means, from time to time, they will discontinue a product which is not selling briskly enough. Chuck and I already believe ourselves to be the kiss of death, when it comes to products we love suddenly disappearing from store shelves. So this leaves us in a delicate position at Trader Joe’s. Case in point: their outstanding Pomegranate Glaze. I used it in lots of different ways, most especially as a main ingredient in sauces for everything from veggies to fish. I used it on the baby peas on Thanksgiving and told everyone to head to Trader Joe’s. A few weeks later, when we went to replenish our supply, we got the word that TJ’s Pomegranate Glaze was history! Arrgghh!
We sincerely apologize to everyone else who loved the stuff. Ironically more than one manager told us they had some precious bottles of the glaze squirreled away in their homes! So we began the hunt for a substitute. A knowledgeable gentleman at a Whole Foods store told us to try pomegranate molasses. Naturally, they were out of stock at that moment, but we kept checking back. I’m happy to report that the “Al Wadi Pomegranate Molasses” is excellent. It’s a simple reduction of pomegranate juice with only citric acid added to it. It’s made in Lebanon and distributed here in the States by Sahadi Fine Foods. For those of you scattered around the globe, here’s the link to the Al Wadi website (introductory music plays!).
Now, if in fact, Chuck and I are the big jinx, consider this fair warning to stock up on lots of Al Wadi Pomegranate Molasses before it suddenly evaporates from markets around the world!
Thinking of you Dad...