[Sca-cooks] Period Chicken Salad
lilinah at earthlink.net
Tue Aug 22 09:58:03 PDT 2006
>What about dried, ground pom seeds? I've got a little box of those....
>Sumac, I've got, too...
I've got some, too, for use in Indian dishes. I'd soak them before
using them in this chicken salad. They're rather dark and shriveled.
As for questions about pomegranate juice, i buy it bottled. For
personal use, i usually get Knudsen's, but i don't know if that has
nationwide distribution. CostCo is now selling Lakeland brand
pomegranate juice. It's not as good as the Knudsen's but a lot
cheaper. I've tried juicing a pomegranate, and, boy, it makes a
mess... It's easier if you put the seeds in a clean thin cloth (like
muslin) and squeeze and wring over a large bowl. For use fresh, yes,
it tastes, well, fresher than bottled. But for making into syrup or
cooking, in the finished product the bottled is not very different
and way less time and trouble, and not really a huge price difference.
Nowadays, the pomegranate industry is expanding. I can find
delicious, if expensive, fresh pomegranate juice at the "health food"
store - POM brand. Both Whole Foods and the Berkeley Bowl carry it
locally. I've noticed several brands of pomegranate sherbet at both
stores. One brand - don't recall the name - packs it in an attractive
tin (!!) - but way expensive. There's another less pricey brand in
the standard cardboard container. I think i've seen pomegranate fruit
ice bars - but i may be hallucinating again.
I guess it's sort of like the cranberry industry. For ages
cranberries weren't available except fresh around Thanksgiving and
Christmas. Then it was canned, but that didn't move except around
those two holidays. So the cranberry coops started marketing the
juice. I'm wondering if pomegranates are moving the same way...
Urtatim (that's err-tah-TEEM)
the persona formerly known as Anahita
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