Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Winter Fruits: Deseeding a Pomegranate

Does anyone else get super excited when they see their favorite fruit at the grocery store for a good price? I am a sucker for fresh fruit in smoothies, for snacks, or to freeze in an attempt to curb my love for ice cream. With Spring Break right around the corner, I am trying to get some semblance of a bikini body ready to hit the Florida beaches. One of my favorite winter fruits is the pomegranate. I always forget that it is actually a winter fruit since I just associate fruit with summer days, but when I walked into Kroger the other day and saw them for $0.99 a fruit, I knew I needed to scoop a couple up.
No, I am not eating a ton of pomegranate seeds all at once, but I did freeze the seeds from several of them for snacking later, and I actually ended up liking the taste of the frozen seeds. I know you're probably thinking that getting the seeds out of a pomegranate is time-consuming and that stores sell the seeds already out of the fruit, but trust me, it's worth it. I read online that you can get roughly 4 ounces of seeds from one fruit, and when I went to Trader Joe's on Sunday, I saw seeds on sale for $5! Guys, it's a no-brainer, just take a little time while you watch Netflix to deseed a pomegranate.
There are a bunch of resources out there that tell you how to deseed a pomegranate, but after totally failing at the 10 second wooden spoon tutorial, I decided to stick with a more traditional method that I can easily do while watching an episode of Friends. Here is the tutorial I used.
After you finish deseeding the fruit, lay the seeds flat on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze for a couple of hours. Don't put them right into a freezer bag because they will all freeze together if you do that! Once they're frozen on the sheet, transfer them to an airtight freezer bag* and enjoy them over the next couple of months!


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