Ahh fall, a time of wondrous fruits and baking possibilities! I LOVE pomegranates especially, but I know many people are turned off by the work involved to get at the tasty, tasty arils inside the bitter skin.
Well, here is a method of peeling a pomegranate that eliminates almost all the mess, and a method of juicing them for use in recipes (or drinking straight, which is another tasty option!).
Step 1: Ingredients
You will need (for peeling):
> a sharp knife
> your largest mixing bowl
> very cold water
You will need (for juicing):
> a large zipper style plastic bag
> your pomegranate arils
> rolling pin or something heavy-ish
> something to keep your bag from slipping as you smoosh it (optional but nice!)
> a strainer of some sort
> a small bowl to catch the juice
For both, it is handy to have a damp paper towel at the ready. Pomegranate goes from awesome to dang-it-a-stain very fast if you are not prepared!