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Old 11-07-2011, 06:04 PM   #1
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Pomegranates--which tool to juice?

Okay--I picked up a bunch of pomegranates. I have a number of recipes I want to try, but one I want to do is pomegranate molasses, for this, I need just the juice. Which would you use to juice the seeds--food mill, chinois (china cap), blender (straining afterwards), juicer, other tool?
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Old 11-07-2011, 06:37 PM   #2
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I think a citrus juicer would work best. Cut pom in half and juice like an orange. Strain results through a coffee filter to remove particulates.

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Old 11-08-2011, 01:18 AM   #3
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Coffee filter may be a bit much, imo. What pulp there is would back it up quickly I imagine, especially in the quantities OP is describing.

The jewels/pips of a pomegranate, though small, contain quite a bit of juice and isn't the pulpiest of fruits, but the seeds are the real dilemma. I would roll em whole to loosen things up, half them and beat em(on the outside) with a spoon to get out the goods. From there, maybe just a blender, and then run through a chinoise. A technique for smaller batches that works well is to put the pips into a zip top bag and roll with a rolling pin, then strain.

For really big batches, get all the little ruby bits of goodness and put them in a pot. Cover with just enough water to cover and bring to a simmer. The pop all on their own and just leaves you to strain. If you are going for a molasses, this may work best as you are going to have to cook it down substantially anyways.
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Old 11-08-2011, 07:51 AM   #4
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I think TATTRAT has it!

An easy way to separate the seeds and pith is to do it underwater. No need for a bathing suit, just fill a big bowl with water, score the peel with a sharp knife, and pull the pom apart under the water. The seeds sink, the pith floats. And your fingers don't get stained.
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Old 11-10-2011, 10:00 AM   #5
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I separate arils like sparrowgrass does. Makes it much easier.
I have never tried the Tattrat juices em, but run them in blender then strain. Works pretty good.
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