Of all the different fruits, I think the pomegranate is one of the most interesting. You can’t bite into it. Or peel it, like you would a banana or an orange.
Eating a pomegranate takes patience, and until recently, it took some planning ahead too.
My trusty Joy of Cooking was the first to tell me how to seed a pomegranate:
- Make a shallow cut all the way around the pomegranate.
- Carefully peel it open.
- While submerged in water, gently pull out the seeds from the membranes.
I did this, but this method took FOREVER. Literally, Mr. Crumbs and I planned the event to seed a pomegranate on a calendar. He’d do the work while I did something else on the counter next to him.
Ok fine, I did nothing sometimes too.
It was great to be productive, but after a few times, we became weary of the work involved and opted to skip pomegranates when we saw them on sale. Not even 25¢ a piece was tempting amidst the full hour pomegranate bonanza that would soon follow.
And then I stumbled on an awesome method to seed a pomegranate in less than two minutes. Folks, my world is complete.
Of all the kitchen hacks I’ve learned over the years, this one is my favorite. I can whack a fruit with a spoon as hard as I can and come out ahead of the game? Awesomesauce.
Side Note: I totally won’t blame you if you need to take out your Thanksgiving stress on a pomegranate. I don’t think the pomegranate will mind either.
Pomegranates are totally in season right now, and I’m willing to bet many of you have “pomegranate seeds/arils” on your grocery shopping list for Thanksgiving. And if you’re totally freaked out a the fact that we’re talking about Thanksgiving because it’s less than a week away and you had no idea, take a breath. Use this free download that includes a frugal real food Thanksgiving menu, shopping list and detailed prep tasks to take the stress off the holiday for you. 😉
Folks, let me save you a few bucks on your grocery bill with this super easy method. The seeds (a.k.a. arils) themselves sell for anywhere from $1-2 per ounce, if not more. When you’re looking at using 1/4 – 1 cup of arils (2-8 ounces) in a recipe, that’s a very expensive ingredient!
If you seed a pomegranate yourself, you save money by buying just the fruit. And since it won’t take you but a couple minutes to get the seeds out, I consider that money well saved!
How to Seed a Pomegranate in Less than 2 Minutes
Using a sharp knife, slice the pomegranate in half, through the center (i.e. NOT from the top down).
Hold one half of the pomegranate upside down in one hand, over the bowl. Hit the pomegranate with the back of the spoon, in between the center and the edge of the fruit. Rotate the fruit until the majority of the seeds have fallen out. The pomegranate will not be as rigid as you work your way around, so be careful not to hit your fingers.
That’s it! The whole method takes me no more than two minutes, but I bet you could get it down to under a minute if you didn’t have little hands trying to reach in and catch the seeds. 😉
Even when in season, pomegranates are still a bit of a luxury. They’re not like bananas, that I’m so often willing to throw willy nilly into any recipe. Instead, we use these most often for snacking, although on top of a salad or mixed in with Autumn Rice Pilaf or even in place of the cranberries in Cranberry Orange Scones would both be amazing. Adding them to pancakes or muffins is also an option, as is freezing them for later in the year or even dehydrating them!