- Before you begin, put on an apron — pomegranate juice can stain!
- To clean up, use vinegar or lemon juice to get rid of any pink stains on your cutting board or counter.
Step 1: With a sharp knife, score the skin of the pomegranate around its circumference, taking care not to cut too deeply — about a quarter of an inch should be deep enough.
Step 2: Pry the pomegranate apart, using your thumbs to separate the halves from each other. This will reveal the juice-encased seeds embedded in the inner membrane of the pomegranate.
Step 3: With both hands, squeeze and pull at the edges of each pomegranate half to begin to break the membrane and loosen the seeds.
Step 4: Place one pomegranate half seed-side down in the palm of one hand, holding your hand over a bowl.
Step 5: With a wooden spatula held in your other hand, firmly tap around the entire outside of the pomegranate half. The seeds will release through your fingers into the bowl below. Repeat steps 4 through 6 with the other pomegranate half.
You’re now ready to enjoy these luscious winter jewels in one of our healthy recipes featured in our December 2015 issue!
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