Need to freeze your pomegranate seeds? No worries, today I’ll let you know how to do it quick and easy.
Quick Overview: First you will cut your pomegranate. Then open and take out your seeds. Then you can move on to freezing them. In order to maintain that delicious flavor you will want to follow the steps below. It’s quick and simple but important to do it right to avoid spoiling your seeds.
What Are Pomegranates?
Pomegranates are a round, reddish-purple fruit that can be found in the fall and winter months. They have a hard shell made up of closely compacted segments. When cut open, you will find seeds with a juicy white interior.
Freezing Pomegranate Seeds Step by Step
1) Carefully cut around the perimeter of the pomegranate in order to remove the skin without damaging any of the inner seeds.
2) Once you remove the skin, break your pomegranate apart to find those delicious seeds.
3) Find a container or bowl with a lid that is big enough to hold all of your pomegranate seeds, but small enough for them to easily fit inside. Add some water to your container.
4) Use a paring knife and carefully scrape out all the seeds from the pomegranate into your container. Don’t worry about getting any of the white interior of the fruit in with it. You can throw the remainder of the fruit away. Allow your pomegranate to soak and the seeds will sink to the bottom, leaving the fruit membrane floating on top. Strain out your seeds.
5) Now that you have removed the seeds and have a container full of them, and allow them to fully dry on paper towel on your counter. Now it’s time to move on to freezing them.
6) Take your completely dry pomegranate seeds and place them in a single layer on a wax paper lined baking sheet.
7) Place baking sheet in your freezer and chill for two to three hours. Remove baking sheet from freezer and transfer pomegranate seeds to freezer safe bags and place back in freezer. And now you’re all done!
How Long Can You Store Pomegranates In Your Freezer?
It’s important to store your pomegranates in the freezer for long term preservation. In order to do this properly there are a few things you need to know.
1) It is important to store them in an airtight container or bag so nothing will seep into your pomegranates and ruin the taste. This will also help maintain its freshness.
2) If stored in an airtight container or bag they should stay fresh for around 2 to 3 months.
3) Some people even store their pomegranates in the freezer in individual containers so that they can eat as many as they want and quickly thaw one when they’re ready to use it, which also helps prevent spoilage.
How To Thaw Frozen Pomegranate Seeds
1) You will want to let them thaw in your refrigerator for around a day.
2) Once they are fully thawed, you can use them just like you would fresh pomegranate seeds.
3) To use in a recipe, make sure they are fully thawed and re-hydrated, but don’t be tempted to cook them longer than the recipe calls for as it may cause the seeds to lose their bright color and flavor.
You can store your pomegranate seeds in the freezer for around 2 to 3 months. After that, they will start to turn more and more brown.
Keep that in mind so you aren’t throwing away perfectly good ingredients.
So as you can see, freezing your pomegranates is a very easy and quick thing to do for a delicious treat later on.