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How to Deseed a Pomegranate
in Two Minutes

 

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Following my method below should not break the seeds, and there will be no juice splashing around either. However, although the juice may splash and stain your clothes, it is not as bad as beetroot or turmeric – it can be washed out very easily with water or lemon juice. Deseeding a pomegranate only takes about 2 minutes.

1. Use a sharp knife to score around the fruit as if you are cutting a lid (Photo 1). It should be about 2cm (about 1 inch) down from the crown. Make sure that you press the knife down lightly - just enough to cut the skin and try not to cut the seeds inside.

2. With your fingers, ease the skin of the crown up and away from the seeds and gently twist and pull it off (Photo 2). Now, you should see that the seeds are divided in 4–5 sections. If you don’t clearly see the sections, repeat Step 1 by scoring & peeling off a further 1cm (about ⅓ inch) of the skin.

3. Now, press the knife down (skin-deep) into one the white membranes location (that forms the partition of the sections), and score downwards along the body of the fruit towards the stalk end underneath. And, stop at about 2cm (roughly 1 inch) from the stalk (Photo 3).

4. Repeat Step3 with the other white membranes.

5. With both hands, very gently ease each section from the inside membranes as shown in Photo 4. Making sure that you don't break them apart.

6. Turn the prepared fruit upside down while supporting it with your hand (fingers spread) over a large bowl. Use a wooden spoon to bash/hit each section to release the seeds (Photo 5). Note: To prevent the seeds from breaking, do not hit it too hard.

7. Pick out any white membrane that may drop into the bowl. You now have pomegranate seeds ready to use (no need to wash).

8. When in season, pomegranates can be very cheap. To take advantage of this, I buy a few, deseed them and freeze the seeds. Here is how you do it:

- Pat dry the seeds
- Spread them in a single layer on baking tray lined with wax paper/parchment paper
- Cover with cling film/saran wrap and freeze for 1 hour or until frozen
- Transfer them to a freezer bag or an air-tight container and store in the freezer
- They freeze well up to 4 months without losing its original taste though the texture may change as normally happens to several fruits when frozen.

 

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