Can you Freeze Pomegranate Seeds?

Q. I bought a pomegranate because I needed to use some of the seeds for a salad recipe I was making. I now have almost a full pomegranate left that I don’t know what to do with. I don’t want to throw them out, but I won’t need the rest of the seeds until I make the recipe again. Can you freeze pomegranate seeds?

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A. Yes, you can freeze pomegranate seeds! Pomegranate seeds freeze quite well, and are easy to thaw and use in recipes. The hardest part is removing the seeds from the fruit! There are many ways of removing the seeds, but one of the simplest and cleanest is to use water to help the process. Cut the pomegranate into sections. Place a section at a time in a bowl of water, and then separate the juice sacs containing the seeds (or arils) into the water. Separate the seeds, then remove the solids. Strain the water from the bowl, leaving just the seeds behind. The soft white flesh of the pomegranate (or the pith), is bitter and most people simply discard it rather than eat it.

How to Freeze Pommeranate Seeds?

Lay the pomegranate seeds on a layer of paper towels and cover with another layer. Allow the excess water to dry before freezing the seeds. To freeze pomegranate seeds, lay them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Place the baking sheet in the freezer until seeds have frozen, about 20 minutes. This helps reduce clumping when the seeds are placed in a freezer bag.

Place frozen seeds in a freezer bag, and remove the excess air, smoothing the bag flat for easier storage. Seal the bag, then label and date it. Place the bag in the freezer. Frozen pomegranate seeds should be used within 6 months of freezing for best results.

How to Defrost Pommegranate Seeds?

To use frozen pomegranate seeds, remove the bag from the freezer. Seeds can be used directly from frozen in recipes, or they can be thawed first. To thaw frozen pomegranate seeds, place the freezer bag in the refrigerator until seeds are thawed completely. Thawed pomegranate seeds will be slightly less crisp and juicy than fresh ones, but the flavour and quality should not be affected by the freezing process. Thawed pomegranate seeds should be used within 3 days of thawing for best results. Never refreeze seeds that have been previously frozen, the seeds do not stand up well to multiple freezing.

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