…Without making a giant mess. I realize there are super savvy people who have the seeding and juicing of pomegranates all figured out, but up until yesterday I did not. I heard all about the super health benefits of pomegranates, but getting into these things is impossible. I bought one pomegranate a while ago, and after I was done popping all the seeds it looked like a bloodbath. And they stain. Oh, do they ever…
So I did what every intelligent person would: I went on YouTube. There, to my astonishment, was the solution: bowl of water, halved pomegranate, gently pop the seeds, the seeds sink, the white stuff floats. Skim the white stuff with a small colander.
Now you know how to seed and juice Pomegranates! Pomegranates for everyone!
But I wasn’t done yet. Why not juice?? There’s our Oster ↓ It sounds like the space shuttle is taking off, but it was 60 bucks and does the job. I put in a batch of pomegranate seeds, then poured off the purée into a medium fine-mesh colander to sieve. I was extra zealous to get everything through apart from the pits — and it made for nice, thick juice. It tasted nothing like juices from the store, it was sweet and tart, and very, very rich. It tasted like I was actually drinking nutrition, and I can’t say the same thing about the juices I buy…
Reader tip — give the purée a go in a food processor with a plastic blade, instead of in the blender. It won’t be as aggressive on the seeds, and will give the juice much better consistency. I tried it, and it worked beautifully!! Thanks, Steph!
Pomegranates are very high in potassium and a good source of vitamin C and B5. They’re also chock full of antioxidants, some of them unique to this fruit. Just as awesome — they keep very well, up to 3 weeks at room temperature, and up to 3 months in the fridge (I couldn’t believe this).* So stock up!
* I just picked up a copy of 200 SuperFoods That Will Save Your Life, another reason I love second hand shopping. It’s a good book, by the way. A no-diet approach to living — refreshing in our world of fads (don’t get me started) and mis-information. It has a list of the 200 nutrient rich “superfoods” which have various health benefits and organizes them by type: carbohydrate, starchy carb, fibrous carb, fruit, oils, proteins, grains and herbal “free foods”. It also has recipes that are helpful in giving you ideas of how to add some of the foods you may be unfamiliar with into your diet. And did you know that brown mushrooms have more antioxidants than white button mushrooms? Maybe you’d like to check it out?
Until next time