How to Seed a Pomegranate in Few Easy Steps
Pomegranates with their ruby-red color and hundreds of arils are a favorite of many. Not only are they a healthy choice of fruit but they are also luscious and toothsome. However, the only problem is deseeding or seeding the fruit itself. It is quite a tricky task but there is no going about it; unless you have someone to do it for you. Nonetheless, to make things easier for you, here are 3 impeccable methods on how to seed a pomegranate.
Deseeding By Hand
- Scoring the pomegranate
Your first and foremost task will be to grab a few paper towels from your kitchen. Place them on your cutting board before you start scoring the pomegranate. This will help you to avoid staining the board red, with any juice from the fruit. Also, make sure to use a sharp knife in order to make the task easier.
After this, move on to scoring the pomegranate. Divide the fruit into equal halves using your knife. Note that they do not need to be identical but just of a similar size. For a clean and smooth cut, you can try using a sharpened knife. However, always try to be extra cautious while using sharp tools in the kitchen.
- Seeding the pomegranate halves
When you have the two halves ready, place each half on the cutting board with the curved side facing upwards. Pick any one of them and strike the outer part of the fruit (while they still face the board) using a sturdy wooden spoon. The arils will quickly come loose and drop to the paper towel beneath. You may lose a little of the juice from some seeds but for the most part, they will remain intact. The harder you hit, the more the seeds will fall out, sometimes, even in huge amounts.
Within 3-4 whacks, you will get the majority of the seeds out but some may still be stuck to the inner skin. In that case, you will need to strike a little harder. But if that does not work out, use a spoon bigger in size to complete the task.
- Going for the stubborn ones
Even after using a huge amount of force and trying out a few wooden spoons, you will see that some stubborn arils refuse to dislodge themselves from their places. This happens mostly because these particular seeds are lodged in a corner and no amount of hitting will get them out. In such a case, go in with a small spoon and poke the remaining arils out. Unless it looks safe, do not try to use your fingers because you may end up bursting the bunch of it.
Deseeding In Water
1. Filling bowls
Take a medium-sized bowl and fill it with cold water. You can use chilled water taken out directly from the fridge or you can pop some ice cubes in the water. Do remember to take the cubes out before the fruit goes in it. The most important part though is to make sure that the water is cold. The colder the water is, the faster the seeds will come loose.
2. Cutting the pomegranate
Just like before, get rid of the crown of the fruit. Then divide the fruit up in quarters and slice away. However, in this case, you do not necessarily need to cut along the ridges.
Each quarter needs to be submerged in water for the same time frame. Hence the size of each quarter should be approximately the same. Use a sharp knife to get precise cuts and slices. A blunt one would only slow you down and risk you cutting yourself.
3. Soaking the pomegranate
Take the quarters and plop them into the bowl with the cold water. Let them soak for a while, fully immersed in the water, so that they get cool which will eventually loosen the arils.
4. Getting rid of the rind
While they soak, use your hands to gently get rid of the outer peel of the quarters. They usually are not that tough and it should be easy enough to pull out. You will also be exposing the arils to the water in the process, which is an advantage for you. Throw the skin away to make things easier and keep the bin close to you.
5. Deseeding the fruit
You need not wait for long in order to loosen the arils. Keep them soaked till you feel as though they are ready.
Holding a part of the white skin, gently scrape the seeds out. Squashing out the juice while doing this is definitely not what you want, so apply minimal pressure. Continue using gentle motions until all of the arils are sitting at the bottom of the bowl.
6. Getting rid of the skin
All you need to do for this step is to dispose of the leftover skin. You may have already gotten rid of the bigger chunks after you were done seeding them. However, the lighter and smaller ones always find their way into the bowl. But do not worry because these lighter ones tend to float above the surface. Hence, it is very easy to pluck them out. You can use your hands to this or any other tool like a spoon or small sieve.
7. Transferring into another bowl
Once the skin is gone, you are good to go. Use a strainer or sieve to get rid of the water. Or you can simply scoop them out and transfer them to a dry, clean bowl. You will need to let them dry well enough before you either eat or store them for approximately 5 minutes or more if needed.
So there you go! These were the easiest techniques for seeding pomegranates. Now you can use them anywhere you like – salads and desserts and many more dishes. Or you can simply enjoy the fruit of your hard work right away!