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Preparing pomegranites?

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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.

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  1. 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!

    Link: http://www.pomegranates.org/nomess.html

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    1. re: Linda W.

      That's my method too and it works great. When pomegranites are nice, I always have a ziploc of seeds in my fridge. (They're wonderful on hot oatmeal!) pat

      1. re: Linda W.

        this tip worked like a charm, thanks!

      2. Cut the pomegranate in half, hold one half over a plate and tap (hard) the outer skin with a wooden spoon. The seeds will come out.

        I've been told soaking the pomegranate in warm water for 5 min will make it easier to peel.

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        1. re: theSauce

          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.

          1. re: theSauce

            Cut in half. Break apart and remove seeds in a deep container or sink filled with water. No mess!