Pomegranate Tutorial

September 20, 2009 § 3 Comments

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Pomegranates aren’t a tough “fruit to crack,” but they might seem like a daunting purchase if you’re unsure how to eat one.  Here’s a simple step-by-step way to remove those tasty seeds.  Pomegranate seeds are a great snack on their own; they also make a good topping for salads, yogurt, granola and ice cream.

Tools:
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sharp knife
cutting board
slotted spoon
bowl of water
strainer
appetite

Step 1:  Slice off both ends of the pomegranate.

Step 2: Using the sharp knife, carefully slice vertical strips into the fruit flesh.  Don’t cut so far that you hack into the seeds, but make deep enough cut marks so that the knife goes through the tough outer-layer.

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Step 3: Using your hands, “rip” the pomegranate apart into chunks over the water bowl.

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Step 5: Using your thumbs, push all the seeds off the skin while the pomegranate is submerged in the water.

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Step 6: Remove the now-seedless skins.  The water will be murky.  Let pomegranate seeds sit.  The seeds will sink to the bottom and the remaining pithy skin parts will rise to the top.  After a few minutes, using a slotted spoon, skim surface and remove flecks.

Step 7: Drain and store in an air-tight container.

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Diet Notes: Vegan, nut-free, gluten-free

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