I demonstrated this neat trick to an audience a few weeks ago and received rounds of applause. My Grandma was astonished. It's actually because of her expressing a desire to eat them, but feeling sad that pomegranates are so difficult to release their seeds, so she doesn't eat them, that I demonstrated this technique.
Pomegranate, cut in half.
Large bowl filled halfway with water. *****EDIT**** I just learned that you do not, in fact, need to fill your bowl with water. Click here to see another post on whacking the seeds out of a pomegranate.
Place pomegranate, cut side down in the palm of your hand. Hold fruit over bowl of water. Commence beating outside, not too hard, mind, with wooden spoon. Watch in wonder as the seeds begin to rain down, plopping harmlessly into the water. The reason for the water, is so the seeds don't jounce everywhere, like they would if they were landing in just a glass bowl. Bouncy little suckers.
Turn the fruit over every once in a while so you can get an idea of where you need to beat it for best results.
Go at it from the side and all over the top. You don't want to hit too hard, because you can split the skin. But not too soft either. You want results.
Some of the white pulp will fall out, but not much. It is so much easier to pick out the tiny bit of pulp attached to the seeds this way, then by pulling the flesh apart with your fingers. You also don't get pink hands from this method. Strain the water out and Ta-Da....pomegranate seeds, the easy way.
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