In a previous post, we talked about the health benefits of pomegranate juice. Whether you are juicing for health reasons or juicing for weight loss, pomegranate juice will help you. In this post, we’re going to talk about how to make pomegranate juice.
Cutting the Pomegranate
First of all, we need to cut the pomegranate and get the seeds out. Let me warn you that pomegranate seeds do stain so be careful.
Use a sharp knife and go around the top. Cut a circle about 2mm deep. Then slowly peel off the top along the cut line. You’ll see the seeds inside. Take out the large fleshy pith near the top (it’s called the albedo).
Now, looking from the top of the pomegranate, you can see that it is roughly divided into 7 sections. Use a sharp knife (be careful) to make shallow vertical cuts on the peel along the borders of these sections. Once you’re done making the vertical cuts, put the pomegranate on a plate. Insert a knife from the top, right at the center of the pomegranate. Turn the knife. You may hear some cracking noise as the pomegranate comes apart. This will let you break it up easily.
Hold the pomegranate over a bowl and split it along those vertical cuts. Some seeds will fall into the bowl. You can either use a knife or your hands to scrape the seeds off the pith and membranes.
You don’t want to eat the pith as they could be bitter. Some of the membranes will fall into the bowl and that’s ok.
Juicing the pomegranate
Now that you have all the seeds out, add cold water to the bowl of seeds. How much water you add depends on how tart you want your pomegranate juice to be. If you’re not sure, add water until it is about 2 inches above the seeds. Some of the membranes will float to the top. Get rid of them.
Pour the seeds along with the water into your blender or juicer. Add sugar to your liking, but don’t add too much. If you can do without the sugar, that’s even better. I usually squeeze half of a lemon or orange into the mix but this is optional. Press start and blend for about 10–15 seconds.
Grab a strainer and put it over a jar or cup (or whatever you’re going to put the juice in). Pour the pomegranate juice into the strainer to remove the pith, membranes. and pulp. You’re done! You just made yourself a glass of pomegranate juice that is not only delicious, but is also packed with antioxidants.