How to Make Healthy and Delicious Pomegranate Juice

What You'll Need
Cheese cloth or straining bag
Cool water
Plastic bag (optional)
Bucket (optional)
Rubber band or string
Sugar or other sweetener (optional)

Pomegranate juice is known for being full of vitamin C and antioxidants. Making your own juice is an easy and fun way to provide yourself with these nutrients. Pomegranates become readily available in the USA in the winter months—making them an ideal nutrition boost to your winter diet. One medium sized pomegranate will make about 1/2 cup of juice. If you’re making juice for a crowd, you will need to plan accordingly. Pomegranate juice does not have a long life. It lasts up to 3 days in a refrigerator. Copied over.

Step 1: Cut the Pomegranate

Pomegranate fruit has a hard skin. If you’re not careful, and apply too much force, you’ll find yourself splattered in pomegranate juice right as you begin. An easy way to cut pomegranate is to cut off the top of the fruit. Score the pomegranate into four sections. Now hold your scored pomegranate over a bowl to catch any juice that releases, and use your fingers to separate the four sections.

Step 2: Remove the Membrane

Pomegranate seeds are protected by a bitter membrane, which needs to be removed before you begin juicing. Place the sections of pomegranate into a bowl of cool water. Gently roll the seeds out of the membrane. Once all of the seeds are released, gather all the membrane and dispose of it.

Step 3: Juice

Place all of the seeds into a blender and slowly pulse the seeds until they are liquefied. Place a cheese cloth or strainer bag into a pitcher or cup, (whatever you will be using to store the juice). If necessary, you can use a bucket and then transfer the juice later. If you are using a cheesecloth—secure it to the container with the rubber band to or string so it takes the shape of a bag to catch the juice and pulp. Slowly pour the liquefied pomegranate seeds onto the cheese cloth or strainer bag. The juice will seep through, but the seeds will not. If you have enough seeds, juice will continue to seep through for quite some time, so be patient. You can gently squeeze your bag with clean hands to help the process move along.

Step 4: Hand Juicing

If you don't have a blender, you can place the seeds in a plastic bag and gently press the seeds to release the juice. Once you have completely pressed the seeds, run the juice through the cheesecloth or strainer as you did in step 3. This method may be preferred even if you have a blender because it can avoid some of the bitter taste from pulverized seeds entering the juice.

Step 5: Final Touches

Once you have strained as much juice as you can—taste it. If you find the juice too tangy, you can add a sweetener. You can also add some water to lessen the concentration of juice. Cool your juice and serve. As you grow more confident in your juicing abilities, you will be able to add other fruit flavors that complement the pomegranate juice. Once you have the juice ready, it can be used in several ways. Pomegranate juice is great for parties, and it also makes great smoothies and sorbets.