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How to peel and seed pomegranates

How to peel, seed, and juice pomegranates

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© 2006 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone

How to peel a pomegranate

To peel a pomegranate, first cut off the crown and gently scoop out some of the center core without disturbing the seeds. With a sharp knife, score just through the outer rind around the fruit in quarters. Put your thumb in the core center and gently pull apart the sections. Peel away the inner white papery skin covering the seeds and discard. Gently invert the skin inside out and the seeds will pop out to be easily removed without bruising.

How to separate pomegranate seeds

The unadorned, fresh seed pips make a beautiful edible and colorful garnish. This is why you will see them used often on gourmet dishes from salads to entrees to desserts. They work with every course.

To facilitate separation of the white membrane from the pips, place cut pieces in a bowl of cold water and gently separate the juicy seeds. The membrane pieces should float to the top of the water for easy separation.

How to juice a pomegranate

If you want the juice, but not the seeds, you have a number of options:

• Use a food mill to grind fresh juice from the seeds, leaving the seeds trapped in the mill.
• Pulse the pips in a blender with short bursts and strain.
• Cut the fruits in half crosswise and ream them as you would a lemon.
• Place the seeds in a sealed plastic freezer bag and roll over them with a rolling pin.

The above methods may impart a touch of bitterness due to abrasion of the seeds, but the bitterness should be minimal if you have a light and patient touch.

You can also slow cook the seeds in a bit of water in a crockpot or on the stovetop, and press through a sieve or cheesecloth to remove the seeds. This method takes more time but results in less bitterness.

More about Pomegranates and Pomegranate Recipes:

Pomegranate Cooking Tips and Measures
Pomegranate Selection and Storage
Pomegranate Peeling and Juicing
Are pomegranate seeds edible? FAQ
Pomegranate History
Pomegranate Legend and Lore
Pomegranate Recipes
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