How to Dehydrate Pomegranate:

Dehydrated pomegranate seeds make a fun snack, especially for kids! They are tart, sweet, and crunchy like candy, but without the processed sugars and dyes. You can add them to yogurt or cereal for a flavorful antioxidant kick, or just carry them in a bag for an on-the-go snack.

If dehydrated properly, they can be stored for years if vacuum sealed, and months to a year in a mason jar. Store away from direct sunlight!

Instructions:

  • Be careful when working with pomegranate; it stains clothes and counters easily!
  • First deseed your pomegranate. To deseed, cut a small piece off the top and bottom on the fruit to reveal the natural segments. Use a sharp knife to cut along these lines to segment the fruit. This will usually be about 5-6 segments.
  • Use your hand or a spoon to break apart the individual seeds into a bowl.
  • Drain, but do not compress, the excess juice from the seeds into a jar. You can drink this delicious superfood juice later!
  • Spread the seeds evenly on to a dehydrator tray with a mesh liner.
  • Dehydrate at 125 degrees Fahrenheit for about 12-14 hours.
  • Store in a vacuum with Mylar bag for long-term, or a mason jar with oxygen pack for shorter term.

Dryness Check:

Properly dehydrated pomegranate seeds will feel dry  to the touch. They may be slightly tacky to the touch, but should should not clump together or feel moist. When eaten, they will crunch nicely in your mouth. If yours do not feel this way, just put them back in the dehydrator for a few more hours!

Other Tips:

Pomegranate seeds are delicious to eat fresh as well, and you do not always have to dehydrate them. The reason to dehydrate pomegranate would be to increase shelf life, or add a little more crunch, such as for a salad, cereal, or yogurt topper!

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