The Easiest Way To Make Pomegranate Juice
February 27, 2014
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.
Personally, 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!
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.
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.
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.
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 Print this recipe!
Makes about 3 cups of juice
3 pomegranates (should yield about 3 cups of arils)
1 cup water
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.