Cutting a pomegranate is a little tricky and its juice can stain your hands, and clothes as well. There are various methods to cut it open like some people cut it half through the center and then use a spoon to whack out the arils from the fruit. This method is rather messier as it ends in damaging all those juicy seeds inside it.
All you need to do is to go through this article and follow this stepwise mess-free guide of cutting a pomegranate effectively (Your white tee is going to feel gratitude for sure!)
Material required for cutting a pomegranate:
- One ripe pomegranate
- One bowl
- One Pairing knife
Loosen the seeds:
Place the pomegranate on the chopping/ cutting board/ clean counter and apply firm pressure on it with your hand while rolling it over. This is a recommended step as it will make the seed removal easier.
Pop the Flower:
Use a Pairing knife to cut about half-inch circle and pop that little flower from the top of this fruit without seeds. Then dispose of it in the trash.
Slice it up:
Look inside the pomegranate, and you will see white boundaries separating the seeds, called ridges. Take your knife and begin to cut along the ridges, from flower-end to stem-end. It will roughly equate to six cuts. If by chance you don’t see the ridges, just cut from top to bottom, avoiding cutting of the seeds underneath, as it will create a mess.
Crack it open:
For opening this fruit, you need to place your thumb on the flower-end of the fruit and pull it apart gently from the center outward, and you will see it opening along the sections you have cut the skin into, and separate all sections like orange slices.
Remove the seeds:
Place a big bowl under the pomegranate slices and then use your fingers to nudge the seeds or arils from the membranes.
Another option is to add water in the bowl so that the seeds and those white membranes are set apart. Now after you are done with stripping the pomegranate seeds, you simply strain the seeds and put in a bowl.
A medium sized pomegranate can yield half a cup of juice. You can choose to do whatever you like: use them in salads, using them in drinks or you can store them in the refrigerator by pacing them in sealable plastic bags.