Pomegranates are high in antioxidants and pack a strong, tangy flavor, but how in the world do you open them without making a mess? Learn how to open pomegranates, and also how to make juice from the ruby-red seeds inside.
Open and Score the Pomegranate
First cut off the top of the pomegranate. With a spoon or ice cream scoop, gently take out some of the center core. Be careful not to disturb the seeds. Next, use your knife to score the outer rind around the fruit. Put your thumbs in the center and gently pull apart the sections. Peel away some of the white skin. You may be able to remove pieces from the rind.
Separate Seeds in Water
To easily remove the seeds, place the pieces of pomegranate into a large bowl of cold water. Now when you go to remove the seeds, they’ll come right out. The seeds will sink to the bottom of the bowl. With the sieve, remove the skin floating on top. When the skin is gone, take out the seeds.
Juice the Pomegranate Seeds
You can eat the seeds just as they are. If you want to make pomegranate juice, you can throw the seeds in a blender. Or for a quick and fun way, you can also place them into a plastic freezer bag. Remove most of the air, seal the zipper, and use a rolling pin to break the seeds. You can see that there s quite a bit of juice for just some of the seeds. Cut a very small corner off of the bag and squeeze the juice into a glass for a very fresh drink.
SOURCE: Article and video courtesy of food.about.com