Ingredients: How to Extract Pomegranate Juice

This year I had a surfeit of Pomegranates from a wonderful friend that had a prolific tree. Juice, Pomegranate Honey, Pomegranate Vinegar, Pomegranate Molasses and other such goodies emerged from our kitchen.

Browse our other Pomegranate recipes here and here. You might also be interested in our Preserves here and here. Or browse our easy Winter recipes here and here.

How to Extract Pomegranate Juice

When you browse “How to Make Pomegranate Molasses” you find all sorts of messy ways to extract pomegranate juice. I found a way that is not messy, and is quick and efficient, if you have the equipment. Although expensive, if you have pomegranate trees, 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 – I just want to give you an example so that you can begin your researchyour. 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 fruit and vegetable, but pomegranate seeds get stuck in the mesh used to filter juice from the pulp. The 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 after extracting the pomegranate juice.

Alternative methods involve using a food processor to chop the seeds, then manually pressing the broken seeds through a sieve to extract the juice. Although laborious, this is also an effective method.

 

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