Ingredients: How to Extract Pomegranate Juice

When you have a surfeit of Pomegranates, as I did this year via a wonderful friend that had a prolific tree, it is time to put them to good use, making Pomegranate Juice, Pomegranate Honey, Pomegranate Vinegar, Pomegranate Molasses and other such goodies emerged from our kitchen.

Are you after Pomegranate recipes? Why don’t you try Pomegranate SalsaTomato and Pomegranate Salad, and Pomegranate and Banana Salad.

This is part of our Autumn Preserving series. You can see the other suggestions over at Life (Time) Cooking, and even more suggestions right here.

You might like to explore all of our Pomegranate recipes, or be inspired by our easy Mid Autumn recipes.

How to Extract Pomegranate Juice

When you browse “How to Make Pomegranate Molasses” you find all sorts of messy ways to extract pomegranate juice. But there is a way that is not messy, and is quick and efficient if you have the equipment. Although expensive, if you have pomegranate bushes you might consider making the investment.

The secret is to use a cold press juicer. Mine is a Hurom, although I am not advocating this over any other brand. My purpose to give you an example so that you can begin your research. Cold press juicers crunch and press the fruit to extract juice. Centrifugal juicers spin them at high speed to extract the juice. This works well for almost all fruits and vegetables, but pomegranate seeds get stuck in the mesh used to filter the juice from the pulp. The centrifugal juicer soon becomes unusable. However cold press juicers crush the fruit being pressed, then exude the waste with a filtering process rather than a high centrifugal process. So the juicer is easy to clean, and, most importantly, not damaged after extracting the pomegranate juice.

You can also extract the juice manually. In this method, put the seeds in food processor and chop the seeds, then strain the broken seeds, pressing them through a sieve to extract all of the juice. Although laborious, this is also an effective method.

 

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