So it is time I tell you about my little addiction with pomegranates.
It has been going on hard-core for about three years now.
Actually, I only ever tried a pomegranate around three years ago, but all I needed was one handful and I was hooked. Now every year I get crazy excited seeing the boxes full of big, bright red pomegranates in the grocery. They are fall and winter’s power fruit and if I had the time to peel one every single day I totally would.
Actually, three years ago I did.
I de-seeded a pomegranate every single day of the fall and winter that year, and that was while taking college algebra, some kind of science class that involved way too many labs (ugh), advanced english and two other classes that have thankfully slipped from my brain.
My point is, I have de-seeded my fair share of pomegranates and kind of love the way I do it.
It is the easiest, fastest and least messy way I have found. Plus, it leaves all those pretty arils untouched and allows them to drop off in picture perfect form! If you think it is too much work, just get over it!! You gotta do it, arils taken straight from the pomegranate itself are so much better than the little containers you can get at the store. And a whole lot cheaper!
This was kind of a last minute post, but I realized after photographing like a gazillion recipes involving pomegranates the last few days that maybe I should let you in on my favorite way to get to those gorgeous arils!
Oh and I really hope you guys dig pomegranates. I have a few recipes with them coming at you soon!
Ok, first fill a large bowl with water. I normally make it super warm water, but that is only because it is stinkin cold here and the warm water feels awesome!
So… take your pomegranate and slice just the very top off. Do not go too far down or you will cut the seeds.
Alight now sit your pomegranate upright and make four slits around the pomegranate’s skin, but do not cut all the way through. You just want to break through the tough skin, making it easy to break the pomegranate open. I like to only cut just a little into the pomegranate instead of slicing all the way through. This way there is less juice spraying and all my pomegranate arils stay nice and pretty!
Throw the split pomegranate into the bowl of water and break it into four sections.
Working under water use your fingers to pry away the seeds from the peel and membranes. The seeds will sink to the bottom of the water while pieces of membrane will float to the top, making it easier to separate the membranes from the seeds.
Once you have removed all the seeds from the membrane, skim the top of the water with your hands and discard or pour off any remaining membranes. Normally I just pour those white membrane thingies right into the sink. But be careful not to go too fast, you do not want to accidentally dump the arils into the sink.
That is such a bummer.
Trust me, I know.
Drain the pomegranate arils.
And you are done!
Pretty easy, right?
And so pretty! I just cannot stop with these. I want to take picture after picture of these things! And then I want to shovel handful after handful into my mouth. They are so good!
Can’t get enough.
Recipes using pomegranates: