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Medjool Date Syrup

Medjool Date Syrup


  • 6 cups water
  • 4 cups Natural Delights Medjool Dates


  1. Bring the water and dates to a boil in a large pot; reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 1 hour, stirring occasionally and pressing the dates with the back of a spoon. 
  2. Line a large colander with a double layer of cheesecloth, leaving an overlap of about 15 cm at the top. Place over a bowl that’s slightly smaller so that the bottom of the colander sits above the bowl. Carefully ladle or pour the dates and liquid into the colander. Press well with the back of a spoon to force the liquid into the bowl. Fold over the cheesecloth and place a very heavy pot or bowl directly on the dates; set aside for 1 hour to drain. When cool enough to handle, gather the excess cheesecloth at the top and twist tightly to enclose the dates; squeeze the dates firmly to remove as much liquid as possible.
  3. Pour the liquid into a medium size saucepan and bring to a boil; reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes or until the mixture has reduced to just slightly over 1 cup, stirring frequently. As the mixture reduces, lower the heat and stir frequently to avoid scorching. The syrup will thicken as it cools. Makes about 1 cup.