Hints From Heloise: Removing pomegranate seeds

March 27, 2013

Dear Heloise: I love POMEGRANATES, but I often have trouble removing the seeds without bursting them. Is there an easier way to remove them, and is it okay to eat the white part of the seed (the whole seed)? -- Angela G. in Ohio

Pomegranates are so tasty and add color to many dishes. Arils (the red seeds) can be eaten, including the white part. Removing the seeds is easy, too. Cut off about an inch of the top of the fruit. Looking down, you’ll see sections to pull apart. Fill a bowl with water, place the sections in it and gently pull out the seeds, and they will sink to the bottom.

Throw out the rest, and strain the seeds. Now you can just pop them in your mouth to enjoy, or store in a container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. -- Heloise

P.S.: Pomegranates (whole) will keep for about one month on the counter or two in the refrigerator. So, stock up when they are at a good price.

The name “pomegranate” comes from Middle French, and literally means “seeded apple.” It also is referred to as a Chinese apple.

SEND A GREAT HINT TO:

Heloise

P.O. Box 795000

San Antonio, TX 78279-5000

Fax: 210-HELOISE

E-mail: Heloise@Heloise.com

SAVING SPINACH

Dear Heloise: I usually buy fresh spinach to put in my omelets, but sometimes it goes bad before I can use it all. By chance, I took some fresh spinach, dropped it into a small, plastic bag and placed it into the freezer (rinsed and patted dry — Heloise).

It kept longer, and when I pulled it out, I broke it into pieces by crunching the bag. Wish I knew this years ago! -- Karen B., via e-mail

CONTAINING SUGARS

Dear Heloise: Brown sugar and powdered sugar are sold in boxes or bags, which I find messy. I avoid the mess while employing the environmental principle of repurposing.

I use an empty container of Parmesan cheese (washed) for powdered sugar. The container has openings on top, with small holes for sprinkling and a bigger one for spooning.

For brown sugar, I clean a used, plastic coffee container. One designed to hold 11-12 ounces of coffee is the best size. -- Bill C., via e-mail

SQUEEZE OPENING

Dear Heloise: If you have trouble opening dishwasher-detergent boxes with the metal pour spout, just squeeze the sides of the box by the spout. It leaves just enough space to get your fingernail into and pull it down. -- Nancy P. in California

Don’t use your nails as tools! I’ve broken a few nails this way. Pick up a small kitchen knife or even a spoon to open that tab. -- Heloise

BETTER KNIFE

Dear Heloise: The other day, I was making a recipe that called for two acorn squash, cut in half. My butcher knife was not working. So, I used a pumpkin carving knife instead, and that worked amazingly. -- J.M. in Wisconsin

Send a hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Tex. 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or e-mail it to Heloise@Heloise.com. Please include your city and state.

, King Features Syndicate

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