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How to de-seed a pomegranate

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pomegranatePomegranates are a popular fruit, eaten on their own, added to salad or served over ice cream. They are rich in antioxidants and a popular seasonal choice. Getting down to those delicious seeds is no easy task. You'll likely squirt juice everywhere, stain your fingers and maybe even your shirt. I love digging into a pomegranate, but dread the mess and end up wasting half the seeds. Restaurants use pomegranates in their dishes but I avoid it because mine always end up damaged. I can't be the only on struggling with this, certainly somebody has a better technique than what I'm doing. I found one, tried it out last night and it worked wonderfully.

De-seed a pomogranate(click thumbnails to view gallery)

What you needCut off the tipScoreSoak in waterPull apart



The instructions on how to de-seed a pomegranate only take a few minutes. You'll extract all the seeds, leaving them in perfect condition and won't have the messy juices to deal with. Here's how:
  1. Cut off crown of the pomegranate.
  2. Score the rind in several places. Cut just deep enough to go through the rind but not hit the seeds.
  3. Soak pomegranate in water for 5 minutes.
  4. Break apart pomegranate.
  5. Remove rind and membranes.
  6. Remove seeds from bowl.
I was shocked how easily the rind and membranes came apart, releasing the seeds into the water. For those of you who have never struggled with a pomegranate you'll find this a silly post. For those of you who know exactly what I'm talking about, you'll be shocked at how easy this can be.

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