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The Best Way to Open a Pomegranate

If you’ve ever tried to open a pomegranate, you know that the juice ends up everywhere: the wall, the counter... your new J.Crew white blouse.

And it stains…girl, does it ever stain.

I've found and broken down the least stain-threatening way to open a pomegranate and remove those little seeds of enchantment. (If you have a French manicure, you may want to put on gloves, to keep the juice from tinting your nailtips.)

Removing the seeds from a pomegranate is also a great task for little helpers (and you know I’m all about kids helping in the kitchen). You can do steps 1 through 4… for the rest, put the kids in aprons and let them have the fun of removing the seeds.

Ready? Here's the easiest way to open a pomegranate in less than 6 steps:

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1. Grab a large bowl and fill it halfway with cool water. It should be deep enough to submerge the fruit.

Photograph by Christina Chavez

2. With a small paring knife, carefully cut around the top crown and remove it completely and discard (unless you see some salvageable pomegranate seeds)!

Photograph by Christina Chavez

3. Inside the fruit are ridges that separates the seeds into sections. Lightly score along these ridges.

Photograph by Christina Chavez

4. Submerge the fruit in water and gently pry apart the pomegranate.

Photograph by Christina Chavez

5. Remove the seeds with your fingers by separating the white pith and peeled skin holding the seeds. This will float to the top of the bowl while the seeds will sink.

Photograph by Christina Chavez

6. Use a strainer to remove the pith and skin in the bowl, discard. Pour the remaining water and seeds through a strainer for easy access to the best part of the pomegranate.

That’s it! Now you have these precious little ruby-red gems to sprinkle into your guacamole, drop in your champagne glass, sauté with some tilapia... or however you want to create enchantment!

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