Here's how to deseed a pomegranate without staining everything you own

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Pomegranates, while delicious, may be one of the most difficult foods to eat. To get to the juicy, gem-like seeds — called arils — you have to break through a tough skin, peel back the rind and then pluck out each seed before you can eat your beloved pomegranate. Packed with vitamins A, C and E as well as a three times more antioxidants than green tea, pomegranates have plentiful health benefits, and the deseeding is worth the effort.

Renowned for staining clothing (and hands, and teeth, and tabletops) a remarkably bright shade of red, pomegranates can be seriously challenging to deseed, but there are a few hacks to make it so much easier — and cleaner! Skip the pre-packaged seeds and learn to deseed yourself, without staining everything you own. Lifehacker has a 10-second method (20 seconds your first time, maybe) to deseed without the mess. 

First, cut your pomegranate in half

Pulling the pomegranate
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Cut it gently, so the juices don't squirt all over. Then, tug at the sides of the fruit to loosen the seeds.

Then hold half the pomegranate over a bowl... 

Whack that pomegranate
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And whack it with a wooden spoon. 

Make it rain pomegranate seeds!


So much pomegranate!
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Repeat with the other half and you did it! And you did it unscathed. Now just try not to stain your clothes while eating all those seeds. 

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