- farmersdaughter Oct 27, 2005 03:48 PM
I love using fresh pomegranite seeds in recipes and we have wonderful ones at our local farmers markets here in the Bay Area. However, I don't love getting the seeds out -- always such a mess. Does anyone have a tried and true method for keeping it from turning my kitchen into a disaster zone? Other than just buying the seeds myself.
Simplest way to "de-seed" a pomegranate that I've found is to cut off the top crown and lightly score the outer skin in quarters...down to the pith membrane. Then using your thumb from the top, break the pom into chunks.
Have a pot of cool water in the sink. Using your fingers, gently pop the arils off the membrane, bending the skin back to get at the arils that are hiding. The arils will drop to the bottom of the pot; the membrane pieces will float.
Strain into a mesh strainer, remove any clinging membrane, and you're good to go!
While I'm not denying it works for you, Sauce, I just can't see how the arils will pop out with a hard tap. I've received some lovely homegrown poms from a friend in the San Diego area, and some of those little buggers are so encased in the membrane that I can't see how thumping the outer skin will loosen them. I'd think the majority of them would still need to be "worked out" with your fingers.