How to Make Pomegranate Juice Without the Mess

No expensive juicer required.

Whether you're mixing cocktails or baking this apple-pomegranate cobbler, pomegranate juice provides a unique punch to recipes all over the map, from sweet to savory. Of course, it's no secret that pomegranates are one of the messiest fruits out there — the juice stains everything from your hands to your cutting board. So, if you're understandably tempted to buy a bottle of juice at the store, this latest Mad Genius Tip is for you.

All you need to juice those pomegranate seeds without making a complete mess is a rolling pin, a Ziploc or other sealable plastic bag, and a pair of scissors.

First, take the seeds out of the pomegranate (follow this foolproof guide). Then, place all of the seeds in your plastic bag, and lay it down on a flat surface, like a cutting board or the kitchen counter. Next, take your rolling pin and lightly bang the bag or roll the pin over it, crushing the seeds as you go.

Once all the juice has been released from the seeds, cut a small hole in the corner of the bag, and gently squeeze all that beautiful, ruby red, refreshing pomegranate juice into a measuring cup or cocktail glass — depending on what you're making, of course. Emptying the juice from the bag this way not only prevents any of the excess pulp from finding its way into your dish or your cup, but it keeps all the red juices contained, too.

It's as easy that — no expensive juicer required, and no pesky stains to scrub off your skin or countertops afterward.

Use the juice in everything from a sparkling pomegranate punch to a tart lemon-pomegranate sauce. Whether it's in a glass or on a plate, it'll add a vibrant dose of color and an acidic kick to whatever you're making.

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