I mean seriously. You just made my life so much easier. I'm so excited about this one I had to come right in and blog about it, crappy photo quality and all. As far as life-changing pins go, this is right up there with that magical peeling-garlic-in-seconds-by-shaking-it-in-2-bowls thing.
I have been on a pomegranate kick lately, it is that time of year after all. I'll admit that one of the things I've always sort of liked about eating them is that it's so complicated that it becomes an event in itself. You know, like artichokes or sunflower seeds. A project, an accomplishment, with delicious food as the prize. I'll admit that my sometimes-love for these impractical high-maintenance foods are really just leftovers from my childhood: you know, when we had more time to play with our food.
But in the real and grownup world where things are supposed to happen on a schedule, I have spent a lot of time seeding pomegranates that could be spend doing other things. And my kitchen usually looks like a murder scene afterward. I'd been seeing a lot of tips online for using that underwater method but hadn't tried it yet because frankly it looked like it might just be a just a different flavor of messy and complicated than I already had. But the other day I noticed this pin and visited this awesome blog and wow, like that garlic thing, this one is a life-changer.
Do you have a pomegranate in your house? If you do, run to your kitchen and do this right now! I mean it. You'll be so happy. That is if you're even half as easily excited by things like this as me.
By the time I was making dinner this evening I had forgotten what tool she had bapped her pomegranate with. I chose this wooden thing that shall hereby be known as the Pomegranate Bapper. I know, you'd think that someone who pretends to be such a foodie and who spent so many years in professional kitchens might know the real name of this, rather than that round poundy smashy bappy wooden thing; but that doesn't matter any more because it's the Pomegranate Bapper.
I remembered she said to bap it fairly hard. This is true, a gentle tap may dislodge one or two seeds; you need to really lay into it. You know, this was a very naughty pomegranate and it needs to be spanked.
In less than a minute, you've got a nearly-empty hull and a lovely bowl of seeds. You'll have to pick a few pieces of membrane out of your bowl, but that's it. I dug the last 9 or 10 seeds out of each half by hand, just for old time's sake. And I learned after the first couple baps that the closer you hold the fruit to the bowl while bapping, the less murder-scene-ish your kitchen becomes in the process. It hardly looks like anyone died in here at all. How awesome is that?
You should check out the blog post where I learned this: since it's a for-real food blog she has much prettier photos (!) and there are links to yummy looking recipes using pomegranate seeds. I sprinkled mine on a pretty amazing salad and look forward to adding them to just about everything I eat for the next few days.