Pomegranates are may be delicious and very healthy, but sometimes getting at the seeds can be time consuming, annoying and a real mess.
Shoham’s Pomegranate Tool utilizes the method of tapping the bottom of the rind with a spoon to loosen the seeds, but makes it easier.
The Pomegranate Tool comes with three parts—a dome, a grid and a bowl. You just cut the pomegranate in half and place one of the halves inside the dome. Place the grid onto the bowl. Place the dome on top of the grid and give it a couple of firm whacks with a big spoon. The pomegranate seeds drop into the bowl and the grid catches most of the white pulp membranes.
Results: The first try took about three minutes. If you tap too gently it takes longer and the dome will also get a bit wobbly after most of the seeds have dropped, making it more difficult to get to the remaining seeds. With the second attempt, and with three firm, hard whacks, almost all of the seeds were inside the bowl and this took about two minutes or perhaps even less. The price seems a bit much, but the fast and mess-free results are worth it. (Also note: this works better with jumbo size pomegranates. Smaller pomegranates take a little more effort, but it still works.)
The Shoham Pomegranate Tool is made of sturdy plastic (EC and FDA compliant for food usage), is dishwasher safe and comes in red or white. The Pomegranate Tool is $19.95 at Amazon.com. There’s also a demonstration video at www.mshoham.com.