Kompot is probably the most popular non-alcoholic Polish drink. It can be found in every home in Poland. The kompot recipe is ridiculously easy, it takes literally 5 minutes of making!
All you need are fruits, water, and sweetener (optionally).
Kompot Recipe General Cooking Rules
Fruits and water should be mixed in a one to two ratio. It means that for every cup of fruit, you will need two cups of water.
Of course, you can mix the proportion: the more water, the less expressive the taste though.
When it comes to the sweetener, it’s not really necessary to add it. However, if you prefer your beverages to be sweet, you can use anything you want, including:
- white sugar
- brown sugar
- honey (wait until compot is warm, don’t add honey to the boiling water)
- coconut sugar
What Fruits Can You Make Compot Of?
Any seasonal fruit works well for compot, including:
- red fruits (strawberries, raspberries, wild strawberries, berries, etc.)
- green fruits and veggies (rhubarb, gooseberry, etc.)
- tree fruits (peaches, apples, cherries, apricots, plums, etc.)
Compot can be made of fresh, frozen, or dried fruits (kompot z suszu).
How Can I Store Compot?
When compot is ready, you can either:
1. Cool it off and store it in the fridge.
It can stay in the fridge for up to 3 days.
2. Pasteurize it.
Pasteurized Polish kompot is OK to drink for up to a year. Keep it mind that once you open the pasteurized jar, you need to drink the beverage within 48 hours.
How to pasteurize Polish compot? Here is my pasteurization guide:
- Clean jars.
- Big pot.
- Check whether the jar lids are not damaged in any way. They need to be in perfect condition.
- Sterilize jars and lids with boiling hot water.
- Put the food or liquid into the jar, leaving 1'' of free space from the top of the jar.
- Close the jars. Don't twist too tight.
- Put the dishcloth on the bottom of the pot.
- Put the jars into the pot. The jars cannot touch each other and the sides of the pot.
- Pour the water until it covers 3/4 of the jars. The temperature of the water should match the temperature of the jars. If they are cold, the water should be cold as well.
- Boil the water with jars for 30-40 minutes. Be sure that the temperature is not too high, jars can't jump or touch each other.
- Carefully take the jars out of the pot using oven mitts or canning jar lifter.
- Put them upside down and wait until they cool off. If you want to make sure the pasteurization process went right, you can cover the jars with the blankets to enhance the effect.
- Pasteurized food and drink can be stored in a dark, cold place for up to a year.
How To Prepare Fruits For The Compot?
They don’t require specific preparation. You need to wash them carefully. Bigger fruits, such as apples or peaches should be cut into smaller pieces.
You don’t need to remove the pits or peel the fruits.
The Best Spices For Compot
Although just fruits and water would work fine, you can add some spices to your Polish compot including:
Simple Polish Kompot Recipe
- 1 gallon of water
- 4 lbs of fruits (apples, plums, cherries, etc.)
- 4 tablespoons of sweetener (optional)
- Wash the fruits and put them into the pot. Bigger fruits such as apples or pears should be cut into smaller pieces.
- Pour the water.
- Boil on medium heat for about half an hour.
- Add sweetener (optionally).
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 137Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 23mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 5gSugar: 24gProtein: 2g
These data are indicative and calculated by Nutritionix