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Beautiful Costco pomegranates -- Now what?

I bought six of the largest, loveliest pomegranates I've ever seen at Costco last weekend, but other than eating the seeds out of hand and tossing them in salads, I'm at a loss as to what to do with them. Any suggestions?

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  1. Pomegranate jelly!
    Pomegranate granita?
    And I know you said you're eating them in salads, but I *love* a salad of just pomegrante, raw fennel, blue cheese plus balsamic vinaigrette.

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    1. re: Egg

      Yeah, I'd appreciate pomegranate recipes, too. We've been getting at least 3 a week in our CSA box for the past month. They're starting to pile up!. Will look for recipes for jelly...maybe there's a recipe around for pomegranate molasses!

    2. Try tossing them over plain frozen yogurt or ice cream. Very yummy!

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      1. re: highforpie

        Can you eat the seeds, too? I always thought you had to suck off the juicy fruit and spit out the seeds. Never could figure how folks put them on salads, etc. Now I get the idea that one can eat the whole seed. True?

        1. re: oakjoan

          Yep. You can eat the seed. I was like you for years, I'd suck the juicce and spit the seed out. There is even ground pomegranate seeds that are sold for mid-eastern dishes.

          1. re: oakjoan

            I've never eaten a pomegranate and NOT eaten the seeds. They are delicious and crunchy - and completely edible.

        2. Two great tips I got from the Chowhound boards in the past
          - Add to oatmeal ... this really, really tastes great
          - freeze the seeds - they freeze very well

          I also like to mix them into yogurt.

          I bought about a dozen last week for 75 cents a pound and took all the seeds out at once. I kept half in glass jas in the fridge to throw in the oatmeal in the morning and froze the other half. I'm considering making some pomegranite gelatin.

          This will only use up a few, but they are nice to garnish a glass of sparkling wine.

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          1. re: rworange

            I know its work but in the end your friends, neighbors, and relatives, will thank you for
            a gift of homemade jelly. It is growing by leaps and bounds in popularity as far as jams/jellies are made. If you try it , you will thank me and the other person above for
            suggestiong it.

            1. re: rworange

              I also use them in oatmeal, with toasted pecans and maple syrup. I will say that one of the things that I like about 'em is that they last a long, long time, even in the fridge.

              Has anyone every tried juicing them?

              1. re: bebevonbernstein

                My grandma juices them before they become pomegranate jelly. I am not sure how she juices them, though. Pomegranate jelly is really *amazingly* delicious! I don't know if you have enough fruit to make much jelly, though.

                I find them fabulous on their own, and they seem to last a while on the countertop.

            2. make crostini with brie (nice and saggy brie) and throw a few pomegranates on each.

              you can make some pomegranate lemonade - not very seasonal but will still taste good

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              1. re: pescatarian

                I wait all year for the promegranate season to arrive. Costco has the freshest, biggest, tastiest around at half the price of other grocery outlets. Even better then WF and Bristol Farms, etc.
                Most important is they are the healthiest food to eat for blood fats, digestion, brain function, blood sugar levels, etc.