Peeling a pomegranate

by Khushboo on May 25, 2012

Is it called Friday because your brains are fried by the time it rolls around?  Something to ponder about…or not :) .  Unlike last week, I don’t have a list of my favorites for the week but I will share with you my current favorite snack: Pomengranate seeds with plain yogurt


I am slowly developing an addiction to pomegranates a.k.a. one of the trendy “miracle foods“.  Superfood or not, the taste is what keeps me coming back for more.  Even though the arils here aren’t as ruby red as they tend to be, fortunately they are just as sugary sweet.

For a while, I used to dread eating pomegranates because of how labor-intensive peeling out the seeds seemed.  Things could get pretty messy too!  Between the juice squirting onto my clothes and the seeds popping all over the counter, biting into apple suddenly seemed like much less of a hassle.  Fortunately I came across a method to peel pomegranates in a fraction of the time…and just for the record, I was wearing a white t-shirt while peeling, and it stayed white even once I was done :) :

How to Peel a Pomegranate (without making a mess)

What you’ll need:

  • Cutting board
  • Bowl full of cold water
  • Knife
  • Spoon
  • Strainer

Method:

1) Cut the crown off the pomegranate to reveal the inner seeds

2) Cut the pomegranate in half, and then again in half

3) Submerge all the segments face-down into the bowl of cold water, and leave it for 5-10 minutes

4) Break apart the sections underneath the water, separating the seeds from the skin.

5) As you remove the seeds, they will sink to the bottom of the bowl and any leftover of the skin will float

6) Once you’re done removing all the seeds, spoon out the floating white bits.

7) Strain out the water & remove any additional white pieces that may have mixed into the seeds.

8) Rinse & transfer to a container.  Refrigerate for up to 5-7 days.

What’s your current favorite snack?

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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Brittany May 25, 2012 at 9:51 pm

WOW this is soo easy looking!! Given I need to have 5-10 minutes of patience which isn’t likely, but the mess free peeling is worth it!

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Khushboo Thadani May 26, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Haha I’m glad our patience levels are in sync :) !

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JoJo May 25, 2012 at 11:34 pm

I’ve never tried peeling a pomegranate this way!
I thought the only way was to get your hands red and messy, and spend 5-10 minutes peeling :P
I’ll have to give it a try :)

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Khushboo Thadani May 26, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Red & messy- sounds dirty ;) haha!

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Reena May 26, 2012 at 12:22 am

Khushboo, its your simplicity and humbleness that makes me follow uour blog.. You are such a down to earth person. You personally reply to posts and for sure I can tell that you gain nothing out of this.. You are a true inspiration. Keep up the good work! God bless !

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ritika May 26, 2012 at 2:21 pm

reena, i couldn’t agree more… :) and what a lovely way to get those little delicious monsters out. :)

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Khushboo Thadani May 26, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Thank you so much, Ritika- I really appreciate the compliment :) !

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Khushboo Thadani May 26, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Wow Reena, this comment has really made my day so thank you for that! If anything, I am so glad that my blog can be a source of inspiration to others :) !

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Meg May 26, 2012 at 3:12 am

Great post sweetheart! You always impress me!

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Khushboo Thadani May 26, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Thanks Meg :D

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Honey What's Cooking May 26, 2012 at 3:30 am

so interesting, i’ve never peeled a pomegranate, just had my mom do it for me. i’m loving… yogurts, and oatmeal, and toast with almond butter lately.

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Khushboo Thadani May 26, 2012 at 5:35 pm

ahaahaha I’m guilty of my mom feeling peeling MANY of my pomegranates! I’m also on an almond butter kick lately- can’t get enough, especially of the Blue Diamond variety!

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Pam May 26, 2012 at 5:45 am

I love buffalo wing pretzel crisps with a squirt of sriacha and a slice of jalepeno.

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Khushboo Thadani May 26, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Wow that pretzel flavor sounds great, even better with sriacha!

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sprint2thetable May 26, 2012 at 9:41 am

I adore poms. Peeling underwater has saved may a shit from stains. :)

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Khushboo Thadani May 26, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Haha pomegranates need to come with a disclaimer: “Don’t peel when wearing white”

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Tessa Merrick (@Tessa8m) May 26, 2012 at 4:52 pm

I have never tried peeling my own before, but my gram tried to teach me once and I ended up getting a STAIN on my pants :( Sad day lol. Time to give it a go again though, it’s not that hard!

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Khushboo Thadani May 26, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Haha here’s hoping your stain days are long gone!

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Alex @ therunwithin May 26, 2012 at 7:37 pm

Wow, so this actually works? I have been so adamant against just getting dirty (wearing a different shirt and all) because I didn’t understand how this method would work. Nice to know because I love them!

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Khushboo Thadani May 27, 2012 at 10:09 am

Haha yes it actually works, give it a try :)

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sonalii1988 May 26, 2012 at 9:49 pm

I’ve always found pomegranate so prettyyy, but far too complicated! Definitely going to try this :)

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Khushboo Thadani May 27, 2012 at 10:10 am

I’m glad I’m not the only one who comments on a fruit’s appearance :)

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Lynn @ The Actor's Diet May 27, 2012 at 2:47 am

mmm pomegranates! i rarely have the patience but they are fun to eat.

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Khushboo Thadani May 27, 2012 at 10:12 am

Trust me, this method is super quick!

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Sig May 27, 2012 at 6:52 am

OMG – you have no idea how timely this post is!! I currently have a pomegranate sitting in my fridge and I have been putting off eating it because I HATE peeling them!!! Once back from hols – I am going to do this!! Thanks for the awesome tip!

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Khushboo Thadani May 27, 2012 at 10:12 am

I’m so glad to hear that…good thing pomegranates rarely go off! Have a great holiday :)

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Nada May 27, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Not going to lie, my mom is resident pomegranate peeler in our house! I’ll have to e-mail this post to her :) I kid, I will definitely give this method a shot once I’m home. We always have fresh pomegranates in the fridge for juicing/fruit salad/babaghanoush decorating purposes.

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Khushboo Thadani May 27, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Hahah my mom shares that title too- I rarely peel pomegranates because of the mess factor but now that I’ve found this method, I see myself taking over that task somewhat ! I love pomegranate in salads too!

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Shobha May 28, 2012 at 4:51 pm

came across your blog while blog hopping..
Do visit my space sometime..
Love the pomegranate salad.

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