Learning how to juice pomegranate can become a healthy habit. Pomegranate juice has been the subject of much research related to the fruit’s health benefits. Juicing a pomegranate yourself ensures that the fruit juice is fresh and full of the desired vitamins and antioxidants without any additives from commercial processing and preserving.
Juicing a pomegranate may seem difficult and almost mysterious, but the process is really rather quick and easily accomplished with the right tools and a little practice.
Tools Needed to Juice a Pomegranate
- A Sharp Knife
- A Citrus Juicer or Press or a handheld Citrus Reamer
- A Colander
- Storage Container
- Paper Towels and/or Plastic Wrap
- Rubber Gloves
Steps to Make Pomegranate Juice
- Select a pomegranate. Begin by choosing a fresh pomegranate from your local grocer’s produce department. Choose a heavy fruit as the weight is an indication of the number of pomegranate seeds and juice inside.
- Prepare your workspace. Pomegranate juice stains surfaces and skins so be sure to protect the countertop with paper towels or a layer of plastic wrap. You may wish to wear rubber gloves to protect your hands from being stained as well.
- Wash the pomegranate. The juice will come into contact with the outer shell of the fruit so be sure to wash the fruit thoroughly under running warm water before cutting.
- Loosen those seeds. As with juicing a lemon, it helps to roll and press the pomegranate onto the countertop for a few minutes before you begin to extract the seeds and juice. This helps the seeds to break away from the inner membranes and shell of the fruit.
- Slice the pomegranate. With a sharp knife, slice the fruit in half around the fruit's center—not lengthwise through the stem.
- Press out the juice. Either press the citrus reamer into the pomegranate halves manually or cut into quarters and follow the instructions on a juice press to extract the juice.
- Take care not to “over-press”. Obviously, the seeds must be pressed to yield the juice as the juice of the pomegranate surrounds each seed in its own little package. Bruised and broken pomegranate seeds and membranes, however, can transfer a bitter taste to the juice, so take care to only lightly press and extract rather than to forcefully break the seed and grind the seeds and membranes into the juicy pulp.
- Strain the pomegranate juice from the pulp and seeds. Line a colander with cheesecloth and strain the juice through to a storage container. The cheesecloth helps keep the smaller bits of seeds and membranes from being transferred to the juice.
- Sweeten the pomegranate juice to taste. As mentioned, pomegranate juice can be a bit bitter because of the "abuse" to the seeds and membranes during extraction. You may wish to add sugar or a natural sweetener to decrease the bitterness of home “squeezed” pomegranate juice.