Fresh pomegranate juice is a deliciously refreshing drink, perfect for making with a blender. Homemade pomegranate juice is also so much tastier than bought varieties.
It's not just the taste that is delicious with pomegranate juice, it's also the health benefits. So, not only are you getting a delicious homemade juice, but you're also helping with your own personal wellbeing! Here we talk you through how to make pomegranate juice in a blender.
Fresh pomegranate juice is beneficial for many medical conditions. It's low in saturated fat, which is a great starting point to help with a healthy heart. It's also packed with vitamin C, vitamin B5 and potassium, all of which help to significantly reduce cholesterol.
Pomegranate juice is also incredibly easy to make at home. If you have a fresh supply of pomegranates, or you can buy some from your local grocery store, within a short prep time, you can make wonderful fresh juice. It's also much kinder on your wallet, compared to bought varieties. There's no added sugar or artificial sweeteners to impair the taste.
When selecting the pomegranates to use, there are a few things that you are looking for in order to produce the best juice. Firstly, you should pick the pomegranates that are heaviest. It stands to reason that the heavier pomegranate will contain a larger amount of juice.
A ripe pomegranate should have a smooth, glossy skin, you don't want a pomegranate with bruised or soft spots. You should look for the pomegranate seeds bursting out towards the edge of the skin - if the pomegranate is smooth, it means the arils are not ripe yet.
As with any fresh fruit, the yield of juice is dependent on many things including the size of the pomegranate and how much wastage is created. As a general rule of thumb, 5 to 6 large pomegranates should yield around 4 cups of juice.
There are many pomegranate juice recipes available on the internet. Here is a basic recipe to follow:
Lemon juice (optional)
1/8 teaspoon salt (optional)
The juice from a pomegranate actually comes from the bright red pomegranate arils (or seeds). In order to prepare your pomegranates for juice, you'll need to remove the seeds.
Firstly, wash the pomegranates in cold water to remove any unwanted bugs. Cut open the pomegranate fruit by cutting off the crown of the pomegranate. Similarly, cut the bottom part of the pomegranate, which will make the fruit easier to manipulate. With a knife, make a cross shape in the top of the pomegranate. Keep in mind that pomegranates stain very easily, so make sure your clothes and your work surface are protected!
Hold 2 parts of the fruit in each hand and gently prise the fruit apart, separating it into 4 segments. To deseed the pomegranate arils, use a spoon and remove the arils into a large bowl. You can discard the rest of the pulp as this is not needed.
Firstly, add the arils to a blender. Add a pinch of salt and lemon juice to taste if you prefer. Pulse gently for 10-15 seconds. You want to pulse until the seeds are still intact but juice has started to be released. Then further crush the seeds until blended to release the healthy antioxidants.
Once the blending and crushing is completed, strain the contents using a very fine mesh strainer to remove the seeds and pulp. You can strain the juice by using the back of a wooden spoon to push it through the strainer. Because the seeds have been crushed in this recipe, the juice can become frothy, so it's a good idea to pass it through a cheesecloth or similar fine mesh strainer to clear.
Finally pour the juice into a glass or container, ideally ready to consume immediately.
After making pomegranate juice, it's best to drink it straight away, when it is at its most refreshing and the taste is good. You can store it at home in the fridge in glass jars or airtight containers for 4-5 days.
Alternatively, you can freeze the juice for up to a year.
The best blender to use to make pomegranate juice at home is entirely dependent on your needs. If you like to make batches, then you might want a larger capacity, or if you don't want to spend too much, then it's best to consider a lower budget range blender.
At the lower end of the budget, you might consider the Tribest Dynablend Horsepower Plus DB-950A High Power Blender. With a durable blending jar and stainless steel blade, it has the necessary power to blend and crush your pomegranate seeds. It also has a pulse setting, which is ideal for arils.
You could also use the Omega OM6560S 10-Speed Commercial Blender, which has several variable speeds to help you to pulse and blend your pomegranate. It's also very stable and has low noise output, so is perfect for a domestic setting.
For more money, you could consider the Kuvings SV500 Vacuum Blender, which takes up minimal room but with vacuum blending technology, offers all the power you need.
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