How to Open a Pomegranate
What’s the best method of dealing with a pomegranate? Those tricky little pomegranate seeds can be hard to get out! Let me help…
Today is the start of a new “How To” series, that is a long time coming.
There are many little kitchen tricks I use on a daily basis, that shorten my cooking time and improve my kitchen experience over all. I’ve been meaning to share these with you in separate posts (to make them easy to find) for two… ahem, maybe three years now.
Sorry. Better late than never, I always say.
I realize many of you are kitchen savants and need no additional instruction from me. You just pop by for weekly dinner ideas.
Yet many of you are new to cooking, and when I tell you the preparation time for a recipe is 10 minutes, it takes you 25. Don’t be frustrated with yourself; we all started that way. Hopefully these weekly tips will help speed up your preparation time and relieve little cooking stresses.
I’ll be discussing everything from chopping to dealing with hard-to-handle produce.
Let’s talk about how to open a pomegranate and extract the pomegranate seeds. The actual term for pomegranate seeds is pomegranate arils. So if you want to sound fancy, call them arils.
I’ve seen (and tried) all sorts of methods for opening a pomegranate, from rolling the pomegranate, to beating it with a wooden spoon.
The method of how to cut a pomegranate, that I find to be the best (meaning it yields the most unsquashed/uncut pomegranate seeds, with the fewest splatter stains) is this…
How to Cut a Pomegranate
Cut the pomegranate just through the skin around the entire pomegranate, not all the way to the center. You’ll feel the give when you get through the skin. Cutting all the way to the center just ruins a line of arils.
Repeat in the opposite direction to make 4 equal sections.
Gently pull the sections apart.
One at a time, submerge the pomegranate sections in a deep bowl of water. Rub your thumb over the arils to loosen them.
The arils will sink to the bottom and the white flesh will float, making it easy to skim. Submerging the pomegranate sections in water also eliminates red juice splatter on your clothes.
Scoop off the white debris, drain the pomegranate seeds, and dry on a paper towel.
Store in the refrigerator in an air tight container until ready to serve.