February 27, 2014

The Easiest Way To Make Pomegranate Juice

Pomegranate Juice
OK, maybe the easiest way to make pomegranate juice is going to the store and buy some, I’ll concede that.
But oh, it is pricey. A little 16 ounces bottle goes for over $4, easily. That’s a LOT of money.
So if you find pomegranates when they’re in season (and maybe on sale), you can make your own juice at a reasonable cost. It’s easy, quick and tastes so much better than store bought —
you have no idea how much better it actually tastes.
PomegranatePersonally, I really dig pomegranate juice.
I drink a glass every morning with my breakfast.
I love how tart it is that makes my mouth pucker just thinking about it. Doctors say that one glass of pomegranate a day juice keeps the body in top-notch shape (rhyme intended).
It’s super high in important nutrients including vitamin K, potassium and a variety of antioxidants.
After getting my daily pomegranate juice fix I feel like I'm ready to face the challenges that life throws at me.
Bring it on life!
Pomegranate Halved
Now that I’ve learned to make it at home, I save so much money.
Think of it as making your own macchiato at home instead of going to Starbucks every morning.
We’re talking about 30 bucks a week; that much money.
Pomegranate Arils
Making pomegranate juice at home it’s easier than you think.
You don’t need any fancy equipment; a blender will do.
When I was a kid my mum would use a citrus juicer and would hold the pomegranate down and crush the arils to get juices to run out that way. It (kind of) worked, but resulted in super-huge mess. When she was finished it look liked we were set of a splatter movie, not a kitchen.
Pomegranate Juice
I’ve tried a several times to use a regular juicer to make pomegranate juice. You basically feed the arils in and it spins them around extracting the juice. To be honest, it doesn’t work that well.
Little-to-no juice comes out and it just wastes a lot of pomegranate goodness.
I’ve seen people using a heavy press; with very mixed results.
Moreover, who owns a heavy press?
This blender technique is instead foolproof, takes just a little of your time and yields great results.
Pomegranate Juice
The only struggle I have with making pomegranate juice is that every time I cut into one of these gorgeous fruits and before I get the arils out, I just stand in awe for a minute and try to think of yet another angle for photographing how beautiful those sweet, juicy ruby-purple arils are against the texture of the white flesh.
Basically, I forget what I was set to do in the first place...juice!
Pomegranate Juice
OK, I’m done. Pomegranate Juice. Love. Go.

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Ingredients 
Makes about 3 cups of juice

3 pomegranates (should yield about 3 cups of arils)
1 cup water

Directions

Cut pomegranates in half using a sharp knife.
Hold the pomegranate half over a bowl and smack the rind with a large wooden spoon. The seeds will eject from the pomegranate directly into the bowl, leaving only a few more deeply embedded seeds to remove. You can run your fingers to get them out.
Place pomegranate arils and water in a blender and blend for 1 to 2 minutes.
Strain the juice using a strainer (or a sieve) lined with paper towel (or a cheesecloth) over a large bowl to catch the juice.
Leave a few minutes and then carefully squeeze the paper towel to collect as much juice as possible.
Keep pomegranate juice in a sealed container and drink within the next five days.

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12 comments:

  1. My kitchen looks just like what your mom's kitchen must have looked like when trying to squeeze the juice out of Poms - you sure are right, pom juice is so so expensive at the store and its one of my daughters favs! I am gonna have to try this Mike - not only does it sound a whole lot less messy than my way, but smacking "the rind with a large wooden spoon" sounds like a totally fun stress buster :)
    Thank you for saving me some serious mullah!!

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    1. It's a lot of fun Shashi, you totally have to try it!

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  2. I love pomegranate juice, I can't wait to try this!

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  3. I have never tried to get the seeds out that way - I am going to have to try this! It is always a struggle for me to figure out how to get everything out without making a gigantic mess and losing half the pomegranate to the floor. Thanks for this post! Looking forward to try it!

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    1. It's the easiest way ever, seriously. It doesn't get much easier than that!

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  4. Some really great tips that you are sharing today. Thanks Mike.

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  5. Whenever I work with pomegranates, my kitchen looks like a scene from Dexter, hahaha. Love that you make your own juice. My wife loves buying the pomegranate juice at the store and it's crazy expensive... totally having her try this instead!

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    1. Man, this is so easy and convenient, you should totally give it a-go!

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  6. This is such a great idea! I have a few pomegranates sitting in the fruit bowl just waiting to be made into juice :)

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  7. Hi Mike, thanks for sharing the excellent idea of juicing pomegranate. All this while I was thinking how to juice this fruit. LOL Love the photos, very impressive.

    Best regards.

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