2.20.2012

How To: De-Seed a Pomegranates

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I'm sorry... what?  Excuse me?  Did you just say it's the middle of February?  

Please, stop.  Just stop. 

I didn't make it through my list of soups to make... oh great, it's already 70 degrees outside. 

I went to San Francisco and haven't even told you about it yet. (one word for now... Tartine)

I didn't get a chance to get crafty for v day this year.   

At least I'm trying to be proactive... I'm trying to wipe the cobwebs off this place. 

Sure, it's only been a couple of weeks but there has been a lot I want to share.  Time will come back one day... I can feel it. 

For now, I must talk about pomegranates and I must do it quickly.  These exotic puppies are already at the end of their season.  They are getting noticeably smaller and a bit sad on the grocery aisles... not nearly as plump and cheap as they were during the height of the season in December and January, but alas, it is still not too late.  

Grab a pom and let's get the seeds out of that sucker.  

Throw them in Greek yogurt, toss them in a salad or eat spoonfuls all on their own.  They are great.... and apparently super healthy... bonus points. 

What you need...
a pomegranate
a sharp knife
plastic cutting board (or anything you don't mind staining red)
a medium sized bowl, filled halfway with water
Warning:  Pomegranate juice will stain everything! Wood... clothes... white dish towels.  Unless you want everything a tinge of pink, make sure you are careful with this guy.  I like to use a plastic cutting board on top of my wooden board and I wouldn't be wearing my favorite white shirt... those seeds can spit. 

Lay your pomegranate on a plastic surface (or something you do not care about staining).
Slice off the top. 
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Oh, now we are talkin... what a piece of art.
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Using a sharp knife, cut along the white stuff... also known as the membrane.
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Gently break apart the segments of the pomegranate.
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Place each segment over the bowl of water. Submerge the segment and loosen the seeds.
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The seeds will sink to the bottom and the white stuff will float to the top.
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  Skim the white parts off, drain the water...
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and there you have it... a bowl full of gems.pomegranate seeds
I had quite the plump pomegranate so I did not go after every seed.  If you want to get every last one, continue to submerge each piece in your bowl of water a loosen the seeds.
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4 comments:

  1. Wow, I have not had fresh pomegranate for a while, just to think that a few years ago, my backyard trees would be loaded of this wonderful fruits.
    Love the pictures Ashlea.
    Hope you are having a great week :)

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  2. I've seen people cut it open and just tap the uncut end over a bowl, they fall out quite easily.

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  3. Thank you for this! I got about 8 seeds out of my last pomegranate. I destroyed the rest with a spoon because I could not break them loose. Can't wait to try this.

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