Date Honey (Sil'an)

 

"A land of Milk and Honey' – Rabbi Eliezer says that 'Milk' is the milk of fruits, and 'Honey' is the honey of dates" (Mechilta d'Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, 13, 5)

Ingredients required:

  • 1 kg (2.2 lbs) of dried dates
  • 4-6 cups of water

Preparation:

  1. Remove the pits from the dates
  2. Place the dates in a pot and add the water
  3. Cook for 20-30 minutes until the dates become a thick porridge
  4. Allow the porridge to cool off
  5. Place the date porridge into a cloth bag and squeeze it until it until a clear liquid comes out
  6. Add more water to the bag, then repeat squeezing
  7. Cook the date juice in an open pot over a low flame for 20-30 minutes
  8. To chill. Transfer to a dry jar, cover and refrigerate

Dr. Tova Dickstein

 

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