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Zippy Cranberry & Pomegranate Sauce November 24, 2012

Filed under: Cooking trials — bellsandthistle @ 4:37 am
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So, here’s my fave recipe for Thanksgiving Cranberry Sauce.  It’s actually Cranberry & Pomegranate.  I just love how the Pomegranate seeds pop in your mouth as you eat it!

Zippy Cranberry & Pomegranate Sauce

1 12 oz bag fresh cranberries (about 3 cups)

2 cups pomegranate seeds (use 2 pomegranates).  For instructions on how to de-seed a pom, click here.

1/2 cup Truvia baking blend  (or, double the amount for real sugar)

1/2 cup cranberry or pomegranate juice

Makes about 5 cups.

Combine the cranberries, sugar, and juice in a pot.  Cover and simmer on medium until the cranberries have popped, stirring frequently (about 15 min or so).  You can do this a day ahead – if so, stop here.  Give it a taste – I like mine a bit tart.  You can always add more stevia/sugar if needed.

Mix in the pomegranate seeds just before serving and enjoy!


How to de-seed a Pomegranate

Filed under: Cooking trials,Uncategorized — bellsandthistle @ 4:32 am
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So, I like pomegranates, especially around the holiday season.  But they can be sooo messy!  And stain your hands!  So I’ve tried out a couple of methods for you.

1.  Cut it in half and try not to get everything around you dirty.  Yeah, didn’t think you’d like it.  On to the next…

2.  The bowl of water method.

You’ll need a bowl.  I prefer clear glass so I can see clearly but a white bowl might work too.  Fill the bowl with cold-to-lukewarm water (remember you’ll be putting your hands in it so cold water isn’t great!).  Cut the pomegranate in half, and submerge one half.

Little hands wanted to help de-seed the pomegranate.  She liked washing her hands first and then dipping them into the ‘red beads’ of water.

You gently peel the seeds from their skin.  The seeds float to the bottom and the inside of the pom float to the top.  I used a strainer spoon to skim the top of the water first.  Then I strained the water off the pom seeds and put them in a bowl.

3.  The grater / smash method

I tried out the pomegranate ‘strainer’.  You cut the pom in half, and then score one side 4-5 times.  You put one half on top of the strainer (put a plate under the strainer).  Find a large spoon or flat implement and smash the pom down.  The seeds fall down onto the plate.

It was really quick!  And you get a little pom ‘star’ to play with…

So, which would I recommend? Method #1.  Why?  I’m a messy person to start, so smashing the seeds was not a good match for me…pom juice all over.  Plus, I would not want to do that with my little one around.  And she really enjoyed helping Mommy with the seeds in the water.