Freezing Pomegranates

Sometime ago I put together a pamphlet on how to deseed a pomegranate and freeze the seeds and put it on the website, http://www.parrotenrichment.com/nutrition/recipes.html.

I’ve updated information on deseeding pomegranates.  Last year I bought the 60 Second Pomegranate Deseeder and I must say it works as advertised.  Mom and I (well mostly Mom) deseeded several pomegranates with this handy kitchen tool and were amazed at how well it worked.

We stored the pomegranate seeds in small plastic bowls which are about two servings for my flock of 6 parrots.

Once frozen, you take out a bowl of seeds, open the lid, and loosen them a little with a spoon.

Then add them to chop, mash or whatever you are serving up.

I’ve found frozen pomegranate seeds don’t seem to make as much of a mess as fresh pomegranates or fresh seeds.  My parrots get very excited about breakfast when it is served up with pomegranate seeds.  By deseeding and freezing the seeds, I can offer pomegranate seeds to my parrots year round.

You can learn more about the 60 Second Pomegranate Deseeder at http://www.seedout.com/ and watch a video of the deseeder in action.  I did not bother with rinsing my seeds in water as shown in the video, I found it just as easy to pick out the membrane by hand.  There is no store to order the deseeder at this site but I ordered mine through Amazon.com.

Whether you try this product or decide to follow the directions in the pamphlet available at the Recipes page of ParrotEnrichment.com; you will be glad you thought to buy some extra pomegranates to freeze seeds for your parrots to enjoy after the season for them is over.

 

 

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2 Responses to Freezing Pomegranates

  1. HungryBird says:

    Why do you need to deseed them before freezing them? Does it make them freeze better? I’ve never heard of deseeding pomegranates and was wondering why it is done.

    • Kris Porter says:

      I deseed them so that the pomegranate seeds can be used all year long, even when they are out of season. My experience with freezing the whole pomegranate before deseeding is that when it thaws, it turns mushy and it is very messy to get seeds out then. Also the seeds don’t hold up as well as they do when you freeze just the seeds and not the entire pomegranate. So the process that I find works best is to deseed before freezing and just freeze the seeds for feeding later.

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