Over two weeks ago, we harvested our pomegranates and forgot about them. Since then, the fall activities have taken over, but we still have a box of pomegranates on our kitchen table. Although I decided to make pomegranate jelly at a later date, I still needed to freeze the pomegranate seeds. I noticed that some of the fruit was already beginning to rot, so I had to move on getting this task done.
Allowing the pomegranates to sit in a box also resulted in hard outer shells. Taking six pomegranates at a time, I soaked them in a bowl of water for several hours or overnight. Then I cut the pomegranates in half, returned them to the water, and picked the seeds away from the pith. It’s a time-consuming process, but there’s no other way to remove pomegranate seeds quickly and easily.
I’m lucky to have dark, crimson stains on kitchen towels instead of my clothes. I’ve already stained the wood on a chopping board and dripped pomegranate “blood” on my kitchen tile. When you place pomegranates in water, at least you have the chance of getting the seeds piled in one place. It’s the seeds that I want to freeze. The rest goes into my compost pile.
It takes about five or six pomegranates to produce two cups of seeds. After draining the water and taking out most of the pith, I placed the seeds in freezer bags. In two or three weeks, I’ll defrost the seeds and use them in a pomegranate jelly recipe.
When it comes to canning my own tomato sauce and making my own jams and jellies, I found out that need to be in the mood to stand over a steaming canner. Making pomegranate jelly should be quite an experience. I like the idea of using our own pomegranates, but I know that I have a lot of work ahead of me. After defrosting the frozen pomegranate seeds, I still need to run them briefly through the blender. Then crank the mixture through a hand-held food mill. It’s extracting the pomegranate juice that will take most of my time.
The secret is out. It takes a lot of pomegranate seeds to make jelly. Which is probably why pomegranate juice is so expensive. I’ve seen grandmas advertise on Craigslist or Freecycle for pomegranates in the fall–in exchange for a couple of jars of homemade pomegranate jelly. I don’t know how mine will turn out, but I want to say that I at least tried. If I don’t get a thrill out of making my own pomegranate jelly, I could always find a jar or two at the farmers market in the future.