Fruit makes a healthy snack or a great addition to a salad or dessert, and pomegranates are no exception. However, they can be expensive, especially not when in season. So what can you do when they are in season and are cheaper? It would be a pity not to take advantage of the situation. So, what’s the solution? That’s easy, freeze them for future use.
You have a choice of freezing pomegranates whole or you can seed them before freezing. The problem with freezing pomegranates whole is that they take a lot of space in the freezer, but if you have a big freezer, there’s no problem.
If you have a small freezer, you are better off just freezing the seeds. It does take a bit of work before freezing, but if you freeze whole pomegranates, you have the work of seeding them after they have thawed so in effect, it doesn’t really make much difference.
One advantage of freezing the seeds is that they can be used from frozen. On the other hand, whole pomegranates have to be thawed.
Freezing Pomegranate Seeds
Pomegranates can make a mess on your hands so it is advisable to seed there underneath water. Follow these instructions and you will be able to seed your pomegranate seeds successfully.
- Get a large bowl and fill it with lukewarm water.
- Get a knife and cut the fruit into quarters.
- Push out the seeds under the water a quarter at a time.
- Once the seeds are in the water, use a slotted spoon to get them out of the bowl.
- Dry the seeds with a paper towel. You don’t want to leave any moisture on the seeds because this can lead to mushy seeds.
- The next step is to flash freeze the seeds. Put them on a baking sheet in a single layer. You need to make sure that the seeds aren’t touching otherwise they will stick together. You may want to sprinkle them on a salad or dessert and they will look much better if they are separate.
- Put the seeds into an airtight container or a freezer bag. If you are using a freezer bag, squeeze out all the air so that freezer burn doesn’t occur. While freezer burn isn’t detrimental to your health, it can change the appearance and the taste of the food.
- Put the container or bag into the freezer.
Freezing Whole Pomegranates
If you decide that you want to freeze whole pomegranates, follow these steps;
- Wash the pomegranates well as you don’t want to put dirt or debris into the freezer.
- Wrap them in aluminum foil. This is advisable as it helps to stop freezer burn.
- Put the pomegranates into a freezer bag, again remembering to squeeze out all the air.
- Place the freezer bag into the freezer until you need the pomegranates. You will be able to take out as many pomegranates as you need for that day.
Thawing Whole Pomegranates and the Seeds
If you have frozen whole pomegranates, you will need to thaw them out first. Put them in the fridge overnight and then they will be ready to use the following morning.
If you have frozen seeds, you can either use them frozen or you can thaw them out in the fridge. They won’t take long to defrost, just an hour or two. If you don’t use all the seeds, keep them in the fridge. They will stay fresh for a few days.
Pomegranates and pomegranate seeds will last for between three and four months in the freezer. They probably won’t go off if you keep them in the freezer for longer, but their taste may be compromised.
What To Do With Your Pomegranate Seeds
You could just sprinkle some pomegranate seeds on your yogurt for breakfast, but there are so many other exciting uses for them. You can sprinkle them on salads. Try putting them on an avocado and orange salad or a feta salad. If you make a cheesecake, they will go well on top, or you can add them to muffins. You can even sprinkle them on a cauliflower curry. Enjoy!