This post explores four different methods on how to juice a pomegranate and which is the best pomegranate juicer. Find more of my pomegranate recipes.
When you are given over 40 pomegranates to go to town with, you get to explore everything about this glorious fruit. Luckily, my family loves pomegranate in any form, whether straight up, cooked, baked or juiced.
If you ever enjoyed fresh pomegranate juice, you know it is pretty incredible. And with all these pomegranates we wanted to find out which method was the best and produced the least amount of waste.
Sometimes it requires a lot more work, sometimes short cuts are involved. So, being the adventurous types that we are, we decided to take on the task of juicing some of store bought as well as the many we have growing in our trees.
But, which way would work best?
Method 1: Juice a Pomegranate with a Juicer
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I admit that I didn’t really think this one through from the beginning. I borrowed my friend’s Jack LaLane Juicer. Hubs and I were in the market for getting a juicer and we thought we’d give it a test run with our pomegranates. We really thought it work. And it did… at first.
We seeded the pomegranate first and then put the ruby-red arils into the juicer. We got a cup of pomegranate juice before we decided to check on the filter. Those tiny pomegranate seeds could get messy and this was a borrowed juicer!
Good thing we did. The filter was clogged. We had take it apart to clean it, and we still had a lot of pomegranate arils we wanted to make into juice. This was NOT going to work. Hubs and I were disappointed.
So, the engineer that he is, he went on to Method 2.
Method 2: Juice a Pomegranate with a Ziploc Bag
Okay, it’s a crude method, but this simple project soon became a real scientific experiment. Hubs poured about half a cup of pomegranate arils into a gallon-sized Ziploc bag, sealed it and squeezed. We did get juice, but we couldn’t get all of the juice.
A lot was still stuck to the seed. So, Hubby poured the remaining seeds through a small strainer and used the back of a spoon to squeeze out the remaining juice. This was work and certainly not an efficient use of our time.
How were we going to juice these pomegranates?
Method 3: Juice a Pomegranate with a Citrus Juicer
We cut a pomegranate in half, and juiced it like we would an orange or a lemon. Not with a handheld reamer, but one with a strainer and bowl. Like the Ziploc Method, we did get juice, but we couldn’t get all the juice out.
Some arils hid in their chambers and you couldn’t quite get them out by hand squeezing the pomegranates. I had an electric citrus juicer and tried the pomegranates with that. A bit more success. There was a lot of spray action on the counter, and since pomegranate juice stains, the clean up job was a pain.
I got more juice this way, but I still had to press the seeds through a strainer to get every last drop of pomegranate juice.
Obviously there must be another way. I talked with a wonderful salesperson at my local Bed, Bath & Beyond and she told me for pomegranate juicing, you couldn’t use a conventional juicer. Duh, we figured that out pretty quickly. The filters would get ruined if we did.
We needed one those $300 bad boys, the ones that uses a spiral juicer for wheat grass to get it’s juice. Even if we did want to buy one, we couldn’t find one available in San Diego. We had to get it online.
By now, we were counting down to 2 days until our POM Party and I didn’t have any more time to spend on this experiment. I left it to the Hubs.
Method 4: Juice a Pomegranate with a Wheat Grass Spiral Juicer
We agreed that the hubs would stop by Jamba Juice on the way home and see if they would juice the 15 or so pomegranates we wanted to juice.
“We aren’t allowed to bring in outside produce,” the pimply-faced teenage Jamba Juice employee replied.
Luckily, my hubby’s eagle-eyes spotted a sign in the back counter of the store.
“For Sale. Used Juicer. $140”
And yes, he bought it. He was very excited to show me his prize and after 5 minutes of assembling the juicer, he was pouring the lovely pomegranate arils down the juicer.
We finally got our pomegranate juice. Method 4 worked! This is the best juicer we used to juice our pomegranates. It appears to be out of stock on Amazon, so I’m assuming any spiral wheat grass juicer will work, like this one.
This juicer worked wonderfully and clean up was easy. Lots of pieces to clean, but nothing was clogged or took forever to clean up.
You do have to seed your pomegranate if you use one of these juicers. We tasted the juice after juicing a few chunks of pomegranate sections, without the outer skin and with most (but not all) of the pith removed. The resulting juice was bitter. You have to seed the pomegranate for a better tasting juice.
Experiment complete. Now for the analysis.
Do I expect you to go out and buy this expensive juicer to juice one pomegranate?
If you are going to juice one or two pomegranates, a simple citrus juicer would suffice, an electric one would work even better. But you do have to press the seeds through a strainer to get the optimal amount of juice out of the arils. Or you could do what they do in Iran where the streets are lined with pomegranate juice stands and you can get freshly juiced pomegranates fresh by using an old fashioned juice press.
If you have a pomegranate tree or access to a pomegranate tree and every year you want to juice a dozen or more pomegranates…. THEN, I highly recommend you invest in a good juicer.
What to do with Pomegranate Juice
Pomegranate juice is so good for you, with oodles and oodles of antioxidants from the polyphenols. It has three times more antioxidants than red wine and green tea. It is also rich in Vitamin C and is a natural anti-inflammatory. So feel free to drink it straight up as is.
Pomegranate juice is also great in mixed drinks and cocktails. You use your juice to make your own pomegranate molasses. You can even make some pomegranate jelly!
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How to Juice a Pomegranate
This post explores four different methods on how to juice a pomegranate. These instructions are how to juice one or a large batch of pomegranates.
- Ziploc Bag Method: If you are juicing just one or two pomegranates, this is one low-tech way of doing it. Seed your pomegranate (per video instructions) and place seeds in a resealable plastic bag. Seal the bag, squeezing out air, and squeeze the seeds with your hands or roll on the counter with a rolling pin to squeeze out juice. Pour the juice into a glass or bottle and place the seeds in a small strainer over a bowl. Using a spoon, squeeze out the remaining juice.
- Citrus Juicer Method: If you don't feel like seeding a pomegranate, you can cut it in half along the equator. Press it into a citrus juicer, the ones with a strainer and bowl. Please note, this method does splatter and pomegranate juice does stain.
- Spiral Juicer Method: This method yields the most and best tasting juice. It works great when you are juicing a large batch of pomegranates. Seed your pomegranates (per video instructions) and place seeds in a spiral juicer. Discard seeds.
Serving Size:1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 160Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 6gSugar: 24gProtein: 2g
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Ok then, no shortcuts. We have 4 able bodied individuals who I will rope into the process…
ha ha ha! The more the merrier!
Really helped me! Easy to read, many options 🙂
Glad I could help!
Thanks for the different methods! Unfortunately, there are no shortcuts if you want quality juice (or syrup, or jelly). Any process that includes the pith (white membrane between arils) like a citrus juicer, or breaks seeds like a blender, will be more bitter. Best way I’ve found is to shuck the arils, then put about 2 cups into a big Ziploc bag. Put an old dishtowel on a cutting board, and use a wooden rolling pin to mush them (the dishtowel keeps the inner seeds from breaking). Pour out the juice. Repeat. Then squish them by hand for the third… Read more »
Yup, there’s a reason why pomegranate juice is so expensive. And I totally agree about the quality of juice being more important than the time involved. When we have a large bundle of pomegranates harvested, we know it’s going to take time to shuck and seed. But my kids eat them up and love the juice, so it’s worth it!
Thank you for an informative and easy to read article plus special thanks for a new word: aril!
ha ha! I’m so glad you learned a new word!
Wonderful info, Laura! I cut into a pomegranate tonight and peeled most of the pith (peeled all of the hard outer rind off) away, pulsed all of the arils with some pith attached in my small blender, then dumped all of it into a fine mesh stainless strainer to extract the juice by pressing with my fingers. I did notice it was a little more bitter. So, I am so glad you have this informative post. Thanks so much!
I’m so glad you enjoyed the article. Pomegranate juice is so good for you, no matter how you juice it. Salut!
Is there a way to remove the social media icons on the left side of the page? They are blocking the first two letters of every line and it’s not worth the annoyance try to figure out what they are for each line I try to read.
I’m guessing you are on mobile? I don’t think the sharing buttons on the side can go away, but I did realize that I had two sets of sharing buttons activated and I fixed that.
I’m not on mobile. I found that by unzooming the social icons will be out of the way of the text, but the problem is that I always zoom in a bit for ease of reading. I have ad blocker filters that are supposed to remove the social media icons, but so far they aren’t working on every website.
Thank you very much for your comparison!! It would be highly beneficial if you could also include very common method that people use at home and also in markets in Turkey, Israel etc. – manual pressing of pomegranates – e.g. with Olympus or Jupiter juice presses. It’s very fast as you just do not need to separate seeds – just divide the pomegranate in half, put it under the manual press, lower the handle down and you get the juice. Super easy. This works very well but it would be interesting to compare the taste and the yield of this… Read more »
Unfortunately, I do not have one of those big presses. But, if I ever get ahold of one, I’ll definitely add it to the list of comparisons!
happened onto this alt way to get the pomegranate seeds removed. no mess whatsoever!
because my blender’s “pulse mode” is broken, i hit the liquify button a few times to separate the seeds. worked well. i also added about eight small (distilled water) ice cubes, two very, very ripe bananas and two teaspoons of organic honey. tasted incredible. will get a juicer next month. would like to get a juicer that incorporates pulp into the final concoction. any thoughts?
great blog, Laura. keep up the good work!
I haven’t tried pulsing it in a blender, but I do find that smashing it through a strainer to be very tedious. But, it is cheaper than a juicer. When we seed and juice pomegranates, we are usually working with large batches (20+ pomegranates) and the wheat grass juices works real quickly. I couldn’t imagine how long it would take to first pulse in a blender and then press through a colander to make 1/2 gallon of pomegranate juice! But, for one or two pomegranates, and for less expense, I can see the appeal to your method. Thanks for sharing!
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What brand and model are the juicer you bought from jamba juice, it seems different from most juicers on the market.
The juicer we have is the Miracle Stainless Steel Wheatgrass Juicer MJ550SS.
It works like a charm with pomegranate seeds!
My husband picks the pomegranates then removes the berry by cutting them in half and hitting them with a wooden spoon on the hard skin over a bowl of water. The berry falls into the water and the white membraime floates to the top of the water. It works pretty well. I then take the berrys and put them into my blender, run it on high for just a seconds. I then pour the juice and pulp into a cheese cloth covered large bowl. You could let it drip for some time but I squeeze out the juice and ring… Read more »
We tried the blender method as well, but we found the flavor of the juice to be more bitter, due to the seeds. But, I agree. If you don’t want to buy a juicer, it works well!
Ha – well, I might go to Jamba Juice just to see if I can find any good deals there! The juice is a great idea; hopefully I'll be getting a juicer for Christmas.
Gosh! You guys got serious about juicing those pomegranates (smile)! The juice looks wonderful though, and I love those stocking cups. Too cute…
Nice write up on juicing pomegranates too. I'm sure it will help some unsuspecting soul feel not so alone when having trouble with this task!