Okay, I have a bag full of pomegranates, how do I seed them?
1. Cut both the crown and base ends off the pomegranate, taking some of the white pith with each end.
2. Lightly score the skin in quarters or fifths, from the stem end to the crown end. Firmly yet gently break the sections apart, following your score lines.
3. Roll out the arils (juice sacks) with your fingers and discard everything else. Some people do this under water, but I just work on a cutting board.
I saw the Pioneer Woman demonstrating this method on her blog. I have not tried this yet, but you might have luck with it.
1. Cut the pomegranate in half vertically.
2. With the cut side up, make 4 equally spaced cuts 1 inch long and 1 inch deep.
3. Hold the pomegranate half, cut side down, over a deep bowl and pull the fruit open but not apart, using equal pressure from both hands.
4. Holding the pomegranate half, cut side down, in the palm of one hand, whack the top of the fruit with the back of a large spoon. The seeds should fall out.
Now how do I juice the arils?
This is my personal method for making wonderfully clear juice. I do own a jelly bag, but when I double stack my colanders, or sieves, I get faster results. Taking time to filter the juice makes a huge difference in how clear the end product will be, but it is time-consuming. If you decide not to invest this much time filtering, you could stop at step #5.
Making the juice:
1. Place all the arils (juice sacks) in a large cooking pot.
2 Add enough water to cover the bottom of pot with water and heat to boiling.
3. Use an immersion blender to juice fruit.
4. Just strain- Strain juice through colander, or sieve, two times. I double stack my sieves to speed things up. Discard remaining seeds and pulp.
5. Filter with one layer of paper towels -Line the sieve with a wet paper towel(s) and filter two times using fresh wet towels at each filtration. Again, I stack my sieves to speed things up.
6. Filter with two layers of paper towels -Line the sieve with two layers of wet paper towels and filter two times using fresh wet towels for each filtration. Again, I stack my sieves to speed things up.
6. Filter with coffee filters-Line one sieve with wet coffee filters and filter 1 time.
7. Put juice in a pitcher and leave juice in refrigerator overnight - when you pour out your juice the next day, take care to leave any sediment behind in the pitcher.
Check out my recipe for Pomegranate Jelly with Blended Habanero Chili dated 10-21-16. If you like your jelly hot and sweet - this jelly is for you!