I love a good pomegranate! They are in season for such a short time I try to eat them as much as I can while I have the opportunity. But sometimes getting those seeds out can be tricky and/or messy. Of course buying packaged seeds is always an option but and I am not a huge fan for three reasons: first, they aren’t always very fresh and second, they are more expensive, and last, they are sold in plastic and I am trying to reduce my use of plastic. Luckily I came across an easy method to seed a pomegranate that only takes about two minutes!
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Start by Scoring:
Set out a big bowl. One large enough that you can lower the pomegranate and your hands into. This will help prevent a mess. The first step is scoring the pomegranate instead of cutting it in half. This means you just cut through the skin all the way around the fruit, halfway between the top and bottom.
Then Open It Up:
Use your fingers to pull apart the two sides. Notice that white membrane that covers some of the seeds? Peel it off.
After peeling the white membrane off, the seeds will be exposed and they will all be whole because you pulled the pomegranate apart instead of cutting it in half. No waste and no messy juice!
Then Smack the Heck Out of It!
Turn one of the pomegranate halves over in your palm, spread your fingers wide so the seeds can fall through them, and smack the bottom of the pomegranate with a wooden spoon over and over until all the seeds are out. This usually takes about 30 seconds a side.
Voila! Time to Eat!
Pomegranates are so tasty and colorful and they add a nutritional boost to any meal. Click here for the recipe for the salad below. But I have more too…Greens with Pomegranate Vinaigrette, Mango Pomegranate Chicken Salad, Crispy Salmon Salad with Roasted Potatoes and Pom Seeds, and Steel Cut Oats with Seasonal Fruit.
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Wow! I never knew it was that easy! I’ve paid probably 2x what a pomegranate costs just to get the seeds already out. I’m glad to see it’s not hard to do myself!
I love pomegranates, but hate removing the seeds! You make it look so simple. I’m going to be trying your smacking method.
Oh wow, never knew it was that easy. Trying your technique out next time we have pomegranates.
I haven’t had a pomegranate in such a long time. I had forgotten how easy it is to get the seeds out.
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Wow! that is so helpful, haha I always have the hardest time with Poms.
This is a life changer, I made such a mess last week! Will use your method next time!
It works really well!
Omgosh, I love pomegranates! Plus I’m all for banging the heck out of my food. I think that’s why I like seafood bakes so much. Lol. Thanks for the awesome tip!
Gotta get that aggression out somehow! 🙂
Sounds weird but, pomegranate is my favorite fruit and was a staple where I grew up in Spain. I have always done the bath-bowl method and never tried just smacking an end of it; going to try it next time I grab some 🙂 Thanks!
I have done that method too but found it more time consuming. It works though!
I love the taste of pomegranate but I’ve never actually bought one, because I had no idea how to see them!
I’m definitely going to give it a try, and make that delicious looking salad too!
Great! i hope this makes it easier to add poms into your diet!
This is very helpful. I avoid them unless someone else is seeding them 🙂
Wow! I never knew this. I will be trying it out for sure. Thank you for sharing:)
You are welcome!
Oh my…really? It’s that simple? Thank you for showing the rest of us what we probably should have figure out on our own! PS – Your apron is ADORABLE!!
Thanks! I got it at Anthropologie:)
So cool! I LOVE pomegranates too, but always have trouble seeding them. I’ll have to try this next time. 🙂
What a super tutorial!
I’m sure that you will start a run on pomegranates!
I cannot wait to try this ~ Thank you!