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How to Seed a Pomegranate

So if you've been following along with any of the food trends, you know that pomegranates are hot. As in, if it was a celebrity it would've been in that car with Britney, Paris and LL. It is hot hot hot and no matter what, people can't seem to get enough of it. And much like high maintenance celebrities, pomegranates can be difficult to deal with. When you cut or rip it open, the juice tends to splatter around and soon you're left with a stained shirt and a crime scene (seriously, this stuff will stain, clean it up asap).

However, all of that drama can be avoided. I've got a technique so simple, you'll wonder why you didn't think of it first.

Fill a large bowl with water. Submerge pomegranate. If you're tough, you can just rip it open (otherwise you'll need to make a small incision first). Start pulling away the white part and let the seeds drop to the bottom of the bowl. Discard everything but the seeds and then strain. Voila! You should have about 1/2 cup of pomegranate seeds and no bloody crime scene to clean.

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nancita nancita 9 years
I seeded a pomegranate this weekend for the first time in a friend's kitchen. Thank god I read this post first! It made it super easy, and it would have made SUCH a mess had I not submerged it in water.
zacatecanita zacatecanita 9 years
Thanks! Should have read this sooner, before my multiple messy encounters.
luckykarma luckykarma 9 years
I so love Pomegranates. I had my first pom when I was in Iraq. OMG nothing more delish then a pom!
laurelm laurelm 9 years
cut in half, take a wooden spoon and whack the side of it a couple times- a tip from Nigella, works great!
Allytta Allytta 9 years
wow thanks! i love them and already had my dose o this autumn fruit :) ruined my fav home shirt though...
aistea311 aistea311 10 years
just place them in a large bowl and cut in half. take a spoon and seed towards the bowl, not towards you. If anything, wear an old t-shirt, I have one for when I clean up the house, so it helps to enjoy the pomegranate. By putting it in water, you lose the yummy juices you can get from the whole fruit. every drop is important.
tra tra 10 years
Great tip! I love this things but you're right...they do make a mess.
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