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THE best way to get to those pomegranate arils....

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and you may yell at me if this has already been posted:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJ7dk9...

Just thought I'd share, because I've been OD'ing on pomegranates ever since -- in fact, I keep a big mason jar full of them in the fridge these days to add to yogurt or salads or whatever floats yer personal floating device.

Go get yerself some, season's almost over....

PS: Helps that the dude is easy on the eyes, too :-)

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  1. We have a local grocery store with a juice bar near the entrance. There's always somebody seeding pomegranates behind the counter using this method. They don't cut across the equator, though, more of a pole-to-pole cut.

    1. I just cut it half with a chefs knife, then spank it with the spine of the knife.

      1. I still like the water in the bowl method. If I was taller, steadier or didn't have a WHITE on white kitchen I might use the spank method for one at a time. I don't enjoy cold fruit so I open and clean what I use at a time.

        I fill a large bowl with cold water. I cut the pomms in half. Float them all in the bowl. One by one, I open the pomm halves under the water and out pops the seeds while the pith floats to the surface. I throw out the shell, scoop out the pith with my hands and drain the water through a sieve where low and behold the hundreds of arils remain. 10 mins. tops.

        The cutie in the video still had to do most of the steps I am, just out of water.

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        1. re: HillJ

          This is a much faster method (having done the water in a bowl thing). I can whack the arils out of one pomegranate in under a minute, easily.

          I do put a little water in there so the crappy white stuff floats on top and can be easily scooped out.

          1. re: linguafood

            I couldn't rip through one pomm in a minute that's for sure. In or out of the water bowl. Thanks for sharing the video.

            1. re: HillJ

              The pomegranate lady at my juice bar can fill one of those large Lexan containers lickety-split. I'd be surprised if it took her even a minute per fruit.

              1. re: ferret

                They say practice makes perfect. :)
                Winter Olympic Food Court sport ?

        2. I've tried this whacking method a few times. It just doesnt work for me. I suspect it may work better with really ripe poms. But they are a rarity in these parts. So, I'm back just ripping them apart, which involves covering the kitchen wall and self in pom juice .

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          1. re: Harters

            That's a bummer. I wonder if it has to do with ripeness, then. I've not encountered a single pom where this didn't work like a charm....

            1. re: Harters

              I found the whacking method works great with ripe ones, but the not ripe enough ones makes a bloody mess since my seeds would pop but not pop out of the pomegranate easily....

            2. We are addicted to poms in our house. We never used the water method, instead just cut them into quarters and pulled out the seeds. It never made me eat them any less, but this is un-friggin-believable! I don't understand how I never saw/heard of this before.
              Thank you lingua! I have about 10 of them sitting in my kitchen and I just tried it out on one - and got all the seeds out in less that a minute! So cool.

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              1. re: acssss

                I was pretty damn excited, too, when a friend posted this on fb. It's so fast & easy, and now I can eat them by the bowl-full :-)

                1. re: linguafood

                  I always eat them by the bowl-full, but now I won't have to wait for 1/2 hour to finish filling the bowl!

              2. We just discovered this too! Works like a charm.

                1. another way to open a pomegranate - I like it better than the spoon beating methods - though that works too for me.

                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iHbSz...

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                  1. re: thimes

                    Still takes too long for me. But I'm probably one of the least patient people on this planet :-)

                    1. re: thimes

                      I do something close to the method in this video, but I'll take some refinements to my technique from it.

                      My main issue with the spoon smacking method is that it bruises the crap out of a lot of the seeds. I also find that the part where you score the middle and then pull it apart has never worked for me as well as it did for the guy in the original video.

                    2. I love the spoon method. I think it fails for some because they don't whack it nearly hard enough.

                      1. I love just cutting it into quarters and then using my fingers or a spoon but thanks for this tip. If I ever need to eat them when I don't have time to spend making a mess, this is great.