How to Make Healthy and Delicious Pomegranate Juice
Pomegranate juice is well know for being full of vitamin C and antioxidants. Making your own juice is an easy and fun way to provide yourself with these nutrients. Pomegranates become ripe in the winter months, making them an ideal way to add fruit to your winter diet. One medium sized pomegranate will make about 1/2 cup of juice. If you are making juice for a crowd, you will need to plan accordingly. Pomegranate juice does not have a long life. It lasts 3 days in a refrigerator.
Step 1: Cut the Pomegranate
Pomegranate fruit has a hard skin. If you are not careful, and apply to much force, you will find yourself splatted in pomegranate juice before you even begin. An easy way to cut pomegranate is to cut of the top of the fruit. Then score the pomegranate into four sections. Use your fingers to separate the four sections.
Step 2: Remove the Membrane
Pomegranate seeds are protected by a bitter membrane, which needs to be removed before you begin juicing. Place the sections of pomegranate into a bowl of cool water. Gently roll the seeds out of the membrane. Once all of the seeds are released, gather all the membrane and dispose of it.
Step 3: Juice
Place all of the seeds into the blender and slowly pulse the seeds until they are liquefied. Place the cheese cloth over a pitcher or cup, (whatever you will be using to store the juice). If necessary, you can use a bucket and then transfer the juice later. Secure the cloth with the rubber band or string. Leave room for the seeds, because you don't want the juice spilling out as you begin to strain it. Slowly pour the liquefied pomegranate seeds onto the cheese cloth. The juice will seep through, but the seeds will not. If you have enough seeds, juice will continue to seep through for quite some time, so be patient.
Step 4: Hand Juicing
If you don't have a blender, you can place the seeds in a plastic bag and gently press the seeds to release the juice. Once you have completely pressed the seeds, run the juice through the cheesecloth as you did in step 3. This method also helps prevent some of the seeds' bitter taste from polluting the juice.
Step 5: Final Touches
Once you have strained as much juice as you can, taste it. If you find the juice too bitter, you can add a touch of sugar. You can also add some water to lessen the concentration of juice. Cool and serve. As you grow more confident in your juicing abilities, you will be able to add other fruit flavors that complement the pomegranate juice. Once you have the juice ready, it can be used in several ways. Pomegranate juice is great for parties, and it also makes great smoothies and sorbets.