Pomegranate and seeds in a bowl

How To Cut A Pomegranate

December 10, 2014 by Michelle

Pomegranate and arils

Raise your hand if you’ve never bought a pomegranate at the store. It’s ok. Don’t be shy; you aren’t alone. For a long time, I never bought pomegranates either, no matter how much I love pomegranate juice and pomegranate arils (shhh that’s the name of the seeds). Once I started buying pomegranates, I had to figure out how to cut a pomegranate. It isn’t completely straightforward.

The seeds inside are what you want to eat, but those little suckers aren’t so easy to get out without making a huge mess. Those of you who have bought pomegranates before, did you end up with that lovely purple juice – that staining, lovely purple juice – all over your kitchen? And yourself? That’s when I set out to find a quick and easy way to cut a pomegranate that wouldn’t end up making a mess.

Guess what! I found it! And I’m sharing the secret of how to cut a pomegranate (properly) with you. It’s easier to show you than tell you, so take a peek.

Pomegranates? They’re super cheap at the grocery store right now. Juice? Ugh, don’t get me started. There is so much I can do with the arils now that I know how to cut a pomegranate.

GIF showing how to cut a pomegranate

There are the obvious solutions like putting them on a salad. Like most fruits, you can make it into a sauce or jam – it would be a great addition to your family’s cranberry sauce. You can also use it to bake into a crisp or pie with complementary fruits – apply pomegranate or cherry pomegranate are amazing. And of course there are a ton of sauces you can make with it.

Around here, we serve them two main ways. The arils get eaten within moments of being placed in a bowl and set on the counter. It’s amazing how fast the wee ones (ok, and me, too) can demolish a bowl of pomegranate seeds. I will also make juice with the pomegranate seeds. I simply put them in my blender, give it a whirl, then strain the juice through a cheesecloth to catch any bits of the seeds. Fresh pomegranate juice? It puts anything you can buy to shame.

Pomegranate seeds in a bowl

So why am I making an issue of this now? Why did I choose today to teach you how to cut a pomegranate? Because tomorrow I share the signature cocktail I made for my cookie swap (remember those brownie batter truffles? And the chewy lemon cookies?) last weekend, and of course it uses pomegranate!

What are your favorite kitchen tips?

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  • Angel the Alien

    I have never bought a pomegranate, but I did try to eat one that someone brought to my house once! It was confusing to me because with most fruits you are trying to avoid the seeds, and with pomegranates you are trying to separate the seeds to eat!

  • Jen @ The Halfway Homemaker

    Great tutorial, thanks for sharing!

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