Yesterday I wrote about my ‘discovery’ of fresh pomegranate juice, and complained about the messy procedure to get those arils (seeds) out. Paul and Fae reacted that there is an easier way, which is to whack the pomegranate with a wooden spoon to let the arils fall out. Since I had another pomegranate waiting to be turned into more delicious juice, I decided to try this for myself. And although I still got some small splashes of juice (probably due to my clumsiness), it worked a lot better and quicker. Thanks Paul and Fae! It is always great to learn a new technique.
First score the pomegranate on the equator, trying to avoid cutting the arils.
You should now be able to break the pomegranate into halves with your hands quite easily. (This is the first improvement compared to yesterday’s post, where I lost quite a bit of juice cutting the whole thing in half with a knife.)
Here comes the magic: whack the pomegranate with a wooden spoon to let the arils fall out. It helps to loosen up the seeds a bit by squeezing or pulling on the sides. You have to whack quite hard to make all of them fall out, so be careful not to hit your hand.
If you are not sure how to do this, check out this YouTube video that I found.
Two years ago I wrote about how to make fish stock. There are no pretty pictures to include here, but I won’t miss up on another opportunity to tell you how important and how easy it is to make your own stocks for soups, risottos and the like. Fish bones and heads are free and it will only take half an hour to make your own delicious fish stock. Just make sure that you soak the bones and heads in cold water before using and that they are fresh to avoid a bad smelling stock.