How to Extract Pomegranate Juice

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Rich red pomegranate seeds
Rich red pomegranate seeds (Image: Credit: xandert - Copyright: morgueFile free photo / xandert)

The University of California Los Angeles rated pomegranate juice as the "healthiest juice." Pomegranate juice is full of antioxidants and nutrients. The juice is thought to be good for your heart, brain, teeth, lungs and bones. Pomegranate juice also has anti-cancer properties. With all these health benefits, pomegranate juice is a great addition to the diet. Fresh is always better, so why not make your own pomegranate juice at home?

Things You'll Need

  • Apron
  • Plastic grocery bags
  • Pomegranates
  • Large glass or plastic bowl
  • Plastic strainer
  • Electric blender
  • Two pieces of cheese cloth
  • Glass or plastic container

Put on an apron to protect your clothes from the pomegranate juice. Pomegranate juice can stain clothes and the juice making process can be messy.

Cover your work area with plastic shopping bags to prevent the pomegranate juice from staining your counters. Some counter surfaces can become stained when pomegranate juice touches them.

Cut the pomegranates in quarters using a knife. One pomegranate makes 1/3 to 1/2 cup of juice.

Hold the cut pomegranate over a large glass or plastic bowl and pull out the seeds using your fingers, allowing the seeds to fall into the bowl. A glass or plastic bowl is used, because metal alters the color of the pomegranate juice. Another way to remove the seeds is to submerge the pomegranate pieces into a bowl full of water. The water releases the seeds. Then the bowl of water and seeds is poured through a plastic strainer to remove the water. Note: The water method makes seed removal easier and quicker, but some of the pomegranate juice is lost in the water.

Blend the pomegranate seeds in an electric blender until the seeds are broken up.

Lay out two pieces of cheese cloth, one directly on top of the other. Pour the blended pomegranate seeds onto the center of the cheese cloth. Gather the edges of the cheese cloth together to make a bag. Hold the cheese cloth over a large glass or plastic bowl and squeeze the cloth to release the pomegranate juice into the bowl. The seed fibers will remain in the cheese cloth. Continue to squeeze until no more juice comes out of the cheese cloth.

Mix the pomegranate juice with apple juice or grape juice, or any other juice if desired. Pure pomegranate juice tastes bitter to some people. Combining pomegranate juice with another juice can make the juice more palatable.

Store any pomegranate juice that is not going to be used immediately in a glass or plastic container.

Tips & Warnings

  • The color of your pomegranate juice will be slightly different than store bought pomegranate juice. The color difference is due to the fact that your juice is fresh and unprocessed.
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