Fresh pomegranate juice is so much tastier than store-bought varieties. Here’s a step-by-step by tutorial and a video on how to cut open pomegranates and how to make pomegranate juice!
Around this time of the year, one of the most searched recipes on this site is the one on making pomegranate molasses. I was going through that post earlier last month, and I was quite appalled by how horrible the photos looked in that post. I suppose it’s true that we are our own worst critic. At least I’m glad to say that my photography has improved somewhat over the last two years…
In an effort to give that post a much needed face lift, I reshot some photos on deseeding a pomegranate, and I decided to make a step-by-step video tutorial on how to make pomegranate juice. I nearly forgot how delicious the juice tastes.
If you’ve never tasted fresh pomegranate juice before, you definitely need to give it a try. It tastes much lighter than store-bought versions and the juice gives off a beautiful magenta hue.
Pomegranate juice is great on its own and wonderful in a beet smoothie. I have been playing around with the juice smoothie recipes lately, and hopefully, I’ll be able to share a few of them with all of you soon!
Now, go and buy some pomegranates while they’re in season and enjoy!
MASTERING MY MISTAKES / COOKING NOTES
- How to Pick a Pomegranate: Conventional wisdom has it that the best pomegranates are the ones that have unblemished skin and are bright red on the outside. In my experience, that has not been the case. The best pomegranates, with deep ruby arils, are the ones that are slightly cracked and have some golden brown patches on the exterior (see the photos below). The sweetest pomegranates tend to be ones that I buy from the farmers market and not from the grocery store.
- What to do with pomegranate juice: The obvious thing to do is to drink the juice straight from the glass, but there’s many other ways to use the juice, too! You can add it to smoothies, make my pomegranate apple cider spritzer or even make pomegranate molasses!