There’s no fruit quite like pomegranate seeds (or arils). These tiny jewels are packed with flavour and juice that works well in both sweet treats and savoury Middle Eastern dishes. The problem is it can be quite a faff removing the seeds.
You have to bash the pomegranate hard sending seeds flying across the kitchen. So can you bulk prepare pomegranates and have them ready to use from the freezer?
Pomegranate seeds can be frozen for up to 6 months. To freeze pomegranate seeds, you should pop the seeds out of the pomegranate, flash freeze and then bag up to store in the freezer for the longer term.
Can You Refreeze Pomegranate Seeds? No
Do Pomegranate Seeds Freeze Well? Yes
How to Freeze Pomegranate Seeds
Before you do anything, you need to pop those seeds out of the pomegranate. This can get a bit messy so be careful.
Right, now you’ve got a bowl of fresh and juicy pomegranate seeds sitting in front of you, you’ll now want to know how to go about freezing them:
- Flash Freeze
Take a baking tray and line it with greaseproof paper. This should prevent the seeds from sticking. Tip the seeds on to the tray and give it a shake to keep them in a single layer.
Ideally, none of the seeds will be touching any other seeds but this tends to be impossible so just make sure they’re in a single layer. Place the tray in the freezer for a couple of hours to get the seeds flash frozen.
- Bag Up
Once frozen, you can remove the tray and tip the seeds into a bag for better storage. You may get a little clumping but this will be unavoidable however the process so far should prevent the majority of your seeds from sticking to one another.
- Final Freeze
Now all you need to do is label the bag and place it into the freezer.
3 Tips for Freezing Pomegranate Seeds
Now you know how to freeze them, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing pomegranate seeds to have the best results:
Freeze On a Tray First
By freezing them spread out on a tray, when you finally freeze them in a bag there’s less risk of them all clumping together. This is particularly useful if you only need a small spoonful of seeds.
Bag Into Portions
If you plan on using pomegranate seeds in fruit salads or for breakfast then you ensure you freeze the pomegranate seeds into suitably sized bags so you know that one bag is one portion.
How Long Can You Freeze Pomegranate Seeds?
As with most fruits, if you left your pomegranate seeds in the freezer for years then they’d still be safe to eat in most cases. However, after 6 months or so, their flavour will begin to degrade and you’ll lose their distinct and juicy flavour.
That’s why we would recommend consuming them within 6 months.
As always, it’s vital that you label your frozen items with the date they should be consumed to reduce the risk of your wasting them in a few months time.
You Can Freeze Pomegranate Seeds for up to 6 Months
How Do You Defrost Pomegranate Seeds?
The good news is that you don’t need to wait too long for your pomegranate seeds to defrost. You just need to take them out of the freezer, place in a bowl and leave on your worktop for a few hours.
If you want to speed this up a little then fill your sink with warm water, tip your pomegranate seeds into a bowl then place this bowl in the water. This should thaw the seeds quicker. Just make sure you don’t actually fill your bowl with the water!
Can You Refreeze Pomegranate Seeds?
Although safe, refreezing pomegranate seeds is not something we would recommend. Refreezing pomegranate seeds can lead to a huge change in texture.
Instead of popping with sourness, you’ll be left with mushy seeds that no longer possess that characteristic crunch.
Do Pomegranate Seeds Freeze Well?
The good news is that pomegranate seeds do freeze particularly well.
Provided that you follow our instructions for flash freezing you’ll be hard pushed to tell the difference between fresh and frozen seeds and you’ll be able to store pomegranate seeds, in the freezer, successfully.
If you’ve still got questions about freezing pomegranate seeds or pomegranates in general, then these may help:
Can You Freeze Pomegranate Whole?
So you now know that you can freeze pomegranate seeds. But you’re left sitting there wondering: Can you freeze pomegranate whole?
Technically it’s possible but there is simply is no point. It’s also why we highly recommend NOT freezing avocados whole. You’re only going to make more work for yourself and freezing it whole can also ruin the texture.
If you freeze your pomegranate whole, you’ll have to wait for the whole thing to thaw before removing the seeds. If you have the seeds ready prepared in the freezer they’ll be ready to use much quicker.
Ultimately, the seeds are the only part of the pomegranate you’ll ever need to use. By freezing just the pomegranate seeds, you’ll free up space and save yourself time in the longer run.
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