Published November 1, 2011. From Cook's Illustrated.
Picking the juicy seeds (called arils) from a pomegranate can be a messy, painstaking job. This tool promises to change that.
Picking the juicy seeds (called arils) from a pomegranate can be a messy, painstaking job. Enter the ART—Arils Removal Tool ($14.99) by Shoham. You place half a pomegranate cut side down in its removable plastic sieve, which sits in a steep-sided plastic bowl. Then you cover the fruit with a soft silicone dome and give it a good whack with any heavy, large tool. The arils pass through the sieve and land intact in the bottom of the bowl. The dome and bowl corral any spraying juice, and a small spout lets you drain the juice away, while the sieve catches most of the white membrane and pith. All in all, it’s a good tool. It squashes fewer arils than the old-fashioned method of simply holding the fruit over a bowl and thumping it with a spoon—and without any messy red splatter.