Monday, February 4, 2013

Deseeding a Pomegranate

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How to prepare a pomegranate

I started with two pomegranates and had to throw one out because it was brown and mushy inside. I tried to cut the second one in half, but my pieces came out pretty uneven. I figured it would be okay, so I started smacking it with a spoon. A few seeds dropped out, and that was it. Nothing like the description. I got ticked off and just started hacking at the insides with a knife until I got most of the seeds out. I was covered in pomegranate juice by the end and looked like a serial killer. I’m not sure if this pin is a lie, or if I had to cut the fruit exactly in half for it to work, or if there’s some other factor involved, but I’d like to know if anyone has a solution.

The picture is after the knife-hacking, I don’t want you all to think that was the result of spoon taps.


  1. I tried this and had better results, although I still had to remove about half the seeds by hand. And the whacking spattered pomegranate juice everywhere; my kitchen looked like a crime scene!

  2. I love pomegranates and look forward to when they are in season. However, I still have yet to find a way to deseed them without making my kitchen look like a crime scene. I'll give this one a try, but I won't hold my breath.

  3. I avoid cutting all the way through, as that inevitably cuts seed and starts the slippery slope toward a crime scene. Make 6 scores around the pomegranite (or 3 all the way around, intersecting on the bottom) and pull it appart. Then, gently remove the seeds underwater in a large bowl. Seeds sink, pith floats, and juice is contained. If you want your scores to be truly effective, slice off the top, and then you can follow the pith dividing lines (guess what? there's 6) down to the bottom. That way the seeds are right where the pomegranite comes apart, and they come off extra easy.


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