How to Make Pomegranate Juice
Ripe pomegranate are excellent fresh, but they are often processed into juices and syrups. Fresh juice is very refreshing beverage, loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and it is very easy to make.
There are many reasons why fresh juice is preferred choice for consuming pomegranate - some people simply don't like whole pomegranate arils, it is much easier to give pomegranate juice to small children than whole arils, pomegranate juice taste and fragrance are stronger in the mouth when compared to arils, if pomegranate is sour, it is easier to sweeten juice than whole arils, etc.
Fresh pomegranate juice can be made quickly and easily.
Peel off the pomegranate and collect the arils. If the arils were exposed to the weather and dust, wash them with cold water in strainer and dry them using paper towel.
Thorough drying is not required - some extra water will dilute the juice.
Put the arils in the juicer and separate pomegranate juice from pomegranate seeds.
As with many other things, I prefer KISS (Keep It Simple and Stupid) principle - So, I use small, plastic, manual juicer that enables me to gently separate juice from seeds. If I like the juice and arils, I like to keep few seeds - just in case.
After enough juice is made, pour it in the glasses and drink right away, or pour in the bottles with air tight lid and keep in the fridge. Such refrigerated pomegranate juice can be stored easily for a week.
If you want to preserve pomegranate juice for longer period of time, freeze it - such juice can be stored for almost a year.
If you have really large pomegranate harvest, pomegranates can be preserved fresh for longer period of time in cool and dark place, or you can make - syrup.
Pomegranate syrups can be made using pomegranate arils and peel (pomegranate peel contains more polyphenols than juice), but syrups also often contain larger amount of sugars and other sweeteners, otherwise, they would be too bitter and sour.