Friday, November 23, 2012

Introducing the '60-Second Pomegranate Deseeder'

I confess, I’m an occasional impulse-buyer. I try not to be, but on rare occasions, I’ve been lured into buying a specialty kitchen tool or two at Bed Bath and Beyond, Williams-Sonoma or Sur La Table. (By the way, I’m STILL trying to find the mantimatic, so if any of you can offer me a purchasing source in the USA, I would be forever grateful!)

As Doug and I entered The Fresh Market recently, we were greeted by a beautiful display of bright, plump pomegranates. Perched next to the fruit was a stack of green plastic things called the ‘60-Second Pomegranate De-seeder’. The cost - $3.99.  In the cart it went, along with one of those fabulous-looking  pomegranates.
(FYI: I noticed is offering the same de-seeder for $14.99, so $3.99 is a real bargain!)

The makers of the de-seeder provide ordering information as well as a how-to video on their website. It’s no surprise that there are already a number of independent online videos showing the de-seeding technique. Check it out- It’s a bit messy (wear an apron or an old shirt), but, it’s easy and so much fun!
Follow these simple steps:
Wash the pomegranate
Trim away the small crown 
Cut the pomegranate in half
Make 4 to 5 slits around the pomegranate
Place the deseeder on a large plate
Place the pomegranate, cut-side down, onto the deseeder
Using the back of a large spoon, give the fruit several good smacks to dislodge the seeds onto the plate
Separate and discard any pieces of membrane from the seeds

2. Cut in half
1. Trim the crown

3. Score with knife
                                 4. Tap firmly all around

5. Remove deseeder and discard membrane bits

6. End up with beautiful pomegranate arils


  1. I love this. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Even 3.99 is too much when you have 2 hands to do this. Just cut a pomegranate into 2 halfs, place a plate on the table hold one half of the fruit in your hand ensure that there is a one inch gap between fruit and your palm. Now take a ladle and firmly keep tapping the pomegranate till all the seeds are out.

  3. The easiest way to peel a pomegranate is to cut it and seed it in a bowl of water. The seeds sink to the bottom, the white skin floats. There is absolutely no mess!!! Enjoy.

  4. I have read about so many different ways to seed a pomegranate and have finally come to the conclusion that the best to do it is not to do it at all. Just buy the darn thing already deseeded at the market!

  5. 3.99 yes but doesn't include shipping. is 10.00 with shipping, cheaper.