DH and I both really love pomegranates. A few years ago, after being frustrated with how long it was taking us to open one, I did some research on finding a faster method.
I found a method I loved and was much less time consuming. It only takes me about 10-15 minutes to completely de-seed an extra large pomegranate now. I was thinking about writing this post for awhile, but wasn’t sure if anyone was interested. Then recently, I’ve come across a few people asking about the best way to open one, so I thought I’d share my method and a delicious recipe for pomegranate frozen yogurt.
Step 1: Make a horizontal slice off the top of your pomegranate, just enough so that the sections of the pomegranate are now exposed. You will see that the pomegranate is divided into maybe 5-6 sections.
Step 2: Use a sharp knife and cut into the white pith for each section. Slice deep towards the middle, but don’t cut all the way through.
Step 3: Get an oversized bowl big enough to submerge the pomegranate underwater. Pour warm water into the bowl and put pomegranate inside. Using your hands, break apart one of the sections. It should come off easily due to your knife cuts. While underwater, begin breaking seeds outs. The warm water allows you to work comfortably and freely without worrying about the seeds spraying if accidentally pierced.
Step 4: Remove shell section when completely de-seeded. Repeat with remaining sections. Once you are finished, there will be large white pieces remaining. Remove and toss those. The small white pieces should float to the top, while the seeds remain at the bottom. Use your hand a strainer to scoop out as much of the white as possible.
Step 5: Pour bowl of seeds through a colander. Pour seeds into a bowl and enjoy!
And if you’re looking for a yummy pomegranate recipe, I recently made this pomegranate frozen yogurt. I love frozen yogurt and it’s easy to make your own at home.
Pomegranate Frozen Yogurt
1 cup plain nonfat Greek style yogurt
1/2 cup pomegranate juice
1/4 cup sugar (you can reduce this if you want a more tart yogurt)
about 3 drops of red food coloring
Mix all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Place into ice cream maker, following instructions of ice cream maker until frozen yogurt reaches desired texture. Serve immediately or freeze to firm up more before serving.