Freezing seeds of pomegranate

BURNING QUESTION

December 13, 2006|By Kathleen Purvis | Kathleen Purvis,McClatchy-Tribune

Can the fruit of the pomegranate be frozen? The season is very short, and I wondered if the seeds could be stored.

Yes, you can freeze either the whole pomegranate or the seeds. Freezing and thawing will soften the seeds, so they won't have the crunch of fresh seeds. But they'll be good for juicing.

To freeze the seeds, spread them on a flat metal pan, like a jellyroll pan, stick the pan in the freezer for a couple of hours, then slide the seeds into a resealable freezer bag and press out the air before freezing.

You know the best trick for getting the seeds out without staining your hands, right? Use a sharp knife to make four or five cuts through the leathery skin. Fill a sink or a big bowl with water and hold the pomegranate under water while you pull it apart into several sections.

Pull the skin away, releasing the seeds from the pith. The pith will float and the seeds will sink, so you can use a slotted spoon to skim off the pith and skin. When you drain the water, the seeds will be left behind.

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