How to Cut and Use Pomegranates

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on October 12, 2009

Ideas for How to Use your Pomegranates Seeds

pomegranate-arils

1. Smoothies – I made quite a few pomegranate smoothies last year.  The first one I made, the seeds weren’t blended to well, making it very difficult to drink.  I discovered that if I put the seeds into the blender with 1-2 cups of water (enough to submerge the seeds) and hit “pulse” a few times, the seeds and pulp/juice would separate from each other, and I could strain off the inner seed part and use the liquid in the smoothie.  Worked like a charm!

2. Snack – They are quite tasty just to munch on as they are!

3. Make Pomegranate Jelly.

4. Salad – Add some seeds on top of your favorite autumn salad.  Would be great with a Romaine or spinach salad with diced apples, walnuts, feta.

pomegranates-on-salad

5. Juice the seeds in a juicer.  Use the juice to make a salad dressing , or a lemonade .

6. Make a marinade: Use equal parts pomegranate juice and lemon juice, with equal part of olive oil, half part sugar or sweetener, and salt and pepper, to taste.

And be sure to check out the POM Wonderful website for other great pomegranate recipe ideas!

Prices

2008 – Avg. sale price was $1.50

2009 – Sale price this week $1.25 (we’ll see if that fluctuates much over the next few weeks!)

They are a bit on the “pricier” side in comparison to other fruits.  But I just love them, not only for their flavor, but also for the powerful pack of antioxidents they contain!  I will be squeezing them into my shopping trips when the budget allows!

Are you afraid of pomegranates?  If so, are you willing to give them a try after learning how to open them?  If you are a pomegranate expert, what other ways do you like to use pomegranates???

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Kim October 12, 2009 at 10:36 pm

I love pomegranates! I use to eat them at my grandma and grandpa’s house after Christmas. The are so flavorful to snack on!

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Susie's Homemade October 13, 2009 at 5:46 am

Very informative!

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Sarah October 13, 2009 at 6:46 am

I had chocolate covered pom seeds and they were FANTASTIC! Such a great sweet and tart combo….yuuuuum!

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom October 13, 2009 at 6:46 am

@Sarah,

YUM!

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Kristen October 13, 2009 at 7:13 am

I am sooo glad you posted this! I just got one last night with my son and he wanted some and I didn’t know how to peel/cut it open so I told him it would have to wait until today!

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Erica October 13, 2009 at 11:52 am

Thanks, last year I bought a bunch from Costco and they went bad because they were a pain in the butt to get the seeds from.

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Jennifer Barker October 14, 2009 at 5:45 am

Thank you for showing us this! I have purchased pomegranates before, but have never knew the best way to get out all the seeds. I look forward to buying them again!

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Mara January 27, 2012 at 12:13 pm

There is a way you can do it without popping a single aril! check out this video for a different technique. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iHbSzM63Hs Thanks for this great website, it is such a blessing :)

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Tracy Tesseneer November 15, 2012 at 3:22 pm

I bought my son some Pom seeds at the grocery store last week. He wanted a regular Pomegranate but it was more logical to buy just the seeds since I had no idea what the heck to do with the whole fruit! the pom seeds were $3.98 and to buy just one Pomegranate was $2.98. So they are pretty expensive here in NC. he didn’t like the taste of them as much as he thought he would. But i always try to encourage my kids to try new things so guess this is one we can scratch off the list!

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