Now that pomegranate season is in full force, here’s a super easy way to peel a pomegranate.
Have you ever wondered how to get all those little squishy seeds out of a pomegranate?
I was terrified of this little fruit until only a few years ago. Every time I even attempted to pluck all the little seeds out, they would burst and my kitchen would end up looking like a crime scene. The power of the u-google-izer taught me how to tackle this harmless ball of deliciousness so I figured I should pass on my newfound knowledge to all of you.
First, wash your pomegranate. Pretty obvious.
Next, grab your tools. You’ll need a knife, cutting board, and a bowl with water. Usually I leave the bowl in the sink while I use it, but for this tutorial I put it on the counter.
Slice off the top of your pomegranate.
Make several shallow cuts around the pomegranate, but only through the skin, not clear through the fruit. If you cut too deep it will start to bleed (see the juice dripping off the knife?).
Now put your fruit into the bowl of water. It’s best if the water covers the pomegranate all the way, but obviously my bowl wasn’t quite big enough. It still works, you just have to be more careful about the red juice getting everywhere.
Now, while the pomegranate is completely submerged, use your hands to start breaking it into pieces along the cut marks you previously made.
It is very important to keep the pomegranate entirely under water while you do this. When some of the seeds pop, and some will, the juice goes into the water instead of all over your nice clothes and kitchen.
Just keep breaking it into chunks.
The water also softens up the skin and allows the seeds to detach from the skin easier.
Here’s what your chunks will look like.
Now, with your thumbs and fingers while still under water, gently work the seeds out of the skin. They should pop out fairly easily. You don’t need to pull on each seed. Just press against entire rows of them at a time and they will pop out and sink to the bottom of the bowl.
As you remove all the seeds from each section of skin, discard the skin from the bowl.
Once you have removed all the seeds from the skin, pick out any additional skin pieces from the bowl. Now pour the water and seeds into a strainer or colander.
From there, pour them out onto a paper towel to remove the excess water.
Take a step back and admire your yummy pomegranate seeds!
You can add them to salads or recipes, but I prefer to just eat them by the handfull.
Don’t waste your money on a small pre-peeled package (that usually only contain about 1/2 a pomegranate’s worth of seeds). Next time you’re craving one, just buy the whole fruit and peel it yourself. It only takes a few minutes.