Pomegranates are a tree-grown fruit which is native from Iran through Northern India. They prefer dry warm weather and grow quickly, often setting fruit the second year after planting. Their season varies with the climate they are growing in. There extensive plantings in California’s Central Valley, where they ripen from October through January. In Arizona, where commercial production is relatively new, they may ripen sooner, August through October. They are also grown in Mexico and Texas.
The fruits have a hard, sometimes leathery outer rind, with clusters of seeds surrounded by a juicy covering called an aril. These are embedded in a fleshy pulp.
Many people, when confronted by their first pomegranate are put off by the difficulty of removing the arils, and are surprised to find that the juice, which can produce permanent stains on cloth, tends to spray all over the place. They may give up, concluding that it is all too much trouble.
Two main methods have been developed to get the arils out.
How to Remove Pomegranate Seeds
This really works. Maybe try rolling it a little like a lemon.
Another Seed Removal Technique
Many people prefer this underwater method.
Once the arils and their seeds are out, what to do with them. Eat them out of hand of course, they are delicious and very nutritious. They contain up to ten different phytochemicals. If the seeds themselves are eaten they contain lots of dietary fiber. Many people prefer to suck the seeds out of the arils and eject them.
But there are many culinary uses for the pomegranate, starting with juice, which can be drunk by itself, or in mixed drinks, or smoothies. It can be made into puddings, sauces and ice cream. The whole arils are often served in salads or used as an edible garnish. They are also lovely with other fruits, such as oranges and lemons.
All our local grocery stores have pomegranates in season. So try one out. You can also buy the arils frozen (Sprouts usually has them.)
This Just In: Please. Wash your hands every time you touch a raw chicken. If you don’t the judges will vote you off the show, I’ve seen them do it. Besides it risks cross contamination. Vinyl gloves help too. Also, food safety experts now advise you not to wash your whole chicken first. They say the water splashing around may easily cause contamination. Consumer Reports recently found that 71% of store bought chicken is contaminated, 63% with Campylobacter (the leading cause of food poisoning) and 16% with Salmonella. However, cooking chicken to 165º F destroys all these organisms!
Did you know that the word “Natural” on food has no legal meaning. People tend to think it means something like “Organic” but not so.
Special Sales This Week
Fry’s—Has a Buy 5 (or more) Save $1 on each item sale including things like Talenti and Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream, $2.99/each, Ritz Crackers and Chips Ahoy cookies $1.49/each, Oscar Meyer Bologna, $.99/each and Honey Nut Cheerios $1.79/box. You can save 20% to 50% on select Halloween Decorations. Special Digital Coupon good Fri. & Sat only will get you 48oz of Kroger Deluxe Ice Cream for only $.99
Safeway—The special digital deal this week is for International Delight Coffee Creamer, $.64/32 oz jar. There is also a $5 Friday this week. Offerings include Hormel Stack Pack Bacon, $5/24oz pkg and Hostess Multipack Pastries $1.67/each. The Buy 6 Get $3 off continues. There are a number of items $1/each, watch for shelf tags. Includes Barilla pasta and Campbell’s condensed soups.
Sprouts—Get 35% off on “Better for you Brands”. More than 500 products from featured brands are on sale. Brands include Mountain High, Annie’s, Cascadian Farms and Muir Glen.
As always, get both Last Week’s Ad and This Week’s Ad prices on Wednesday—Double Ad Day.
National Days This Week
10/12—FARMER’S DAY. Meet your local farmer’s at the farmer’s markets on Thursday from 3pm to 6pm in Chino Valley at Olson’s Grain parking lot and on Saturday in Prescott from 7:30 am to noon at the in the Yavapai College Parking Lot.
10/13—Yorkshire Pudding Day
10/14—TA DA it’s DESSERT Day!
10/15—Cheese Curd Day. I’ve eaten cheese curds, and was underwhelmed by their bland taste—I did some research and found that there is universal agreement that they are at their best only for a short time after they are made. People in Wisconsin and other places where there are Cheddar Cheese factories are willing to go quite long distances to procure fresh cheese curds.
Here are some ideas for This Week
Sheet Pan Mac and Cheese * (vegetarian)
Pan Broiled Steak
Shakshuka with Eggs * (vegetarian)
Crispy Tilapia Cutlets *
Roast Beef *
Pork Tenderloin *
Sides and Salads
Yorkshire Puddings *
Winter Fruit Compote *
Sweet and Savory Apple Chutney *
Savory Apples and Sausage *
Crusty Rolls or Bread
Pomegranate Salad *
Pomegranate Guacamole/Salsa *
Apple and Avocado Salad *
Fruit Salad (great with Pork)
Pomegranate Pudding *
Grape Sorbet *
Angel Food Cake *
Sheet Pan Mac and Cheese (extra crispy)
For complete recipe go to “see more” below the video.
Shakshuka with Eggs (vegetarian)
Make a double recipe of sauce if you can. It is wonderful with all sorts of things, steamed veggies, left over chicken or meatloaf, rice, potatoes, or just by itself.
Crispy Tilapia Cutlets
Probably good made with Catfish too.
Jamie Oliver tells you what you need to know. This would be good with Eye of Round, Sirloin Tip, and of course Bone in Rib Roast (if you’re feeling rich today, and if you’re really celebrating try Grass Fed Beef from the Farmer’s Market.)
Deglaze your pan with apple cider and add to the savory apples.
200 ml flour = 3/4 cup minus one Tablespoon (approx.)
230 ºC = 450 ºF
She didn’t say to put the muffin tin in the oven while it heats, she shows but doesn’t say. It is essential to pour the batter into a very hot tin. Serve with roasted meats, especially beef. If you have gravy pour some over the puddings as you serve. Most of our measuring cups now have ml marked on them. If yours don’t, measure the eggs and add the same amount of milk.
Winter Fruit Compote
Don’t want to have all the fats and carbs of Yorkshire Puddings and gravy? Serve your roast beef with some delicious fruit compote, a salad, a baguette and a stellar dessert. I would add a little grated nutmeg and a little ground cardamon, sometimes a little grated fresh ginger. I like it a little spicy. A great dessert with ice cream, vanilla or something caramel.
Sweet and Savory Apple Chutney
Savory Apples and Sausage
18th century recipe.
I don’t think I’d use that much onion. Capsicum is Bell Pepper, green in this case.
More like a Pomegranate Salsa.
Apple Avocado Salad
A simple composed salad. Maybe add some fresh mozzarella chunks or slices.
I would strain through two layers of cheesecloth so as to squeeze out the most possible juice. Also she doesn’t say it is cooking at first. Do it on low heat.
Don’t think we get Concord Grapes much here, but how about other juicy sweet grapes, Moon Drops, Cotton Candy, even regular red or black. Might need to use a few more grapes as Concord are very juicy (which is why they make grape juice and grape jelly from them.
Angel Food Cake
Very thorough, as always from Joy of Baking.
On Sale This Week
Beef Steaks—$5/lb, boneless New York, Fri. only, $6.99/lb @Safeway, bone in New York, $5.97/lb @Fry’s, Beef Ribeye.
Beef Roasts—$1.97/lb @Safeway, London Broil or Top Round. $3.99/lb, Cross Rib, Eye of Round.
Chicken—$.97/lb @Safeway, Split breast, drums, thighs, leg quarters. $.69/lb @Fry’s, leg quarters. BOGO @Sprouts, select boneless or bone in including whole.
Tilapia—$6.99/lb @Sprouts, fresh
Pork Tenderloin—$2.99/lb @Fry’s
Fruits and Vegetables
Grapes—$.77/lb @Fry’s, green. $1.48/lb @Sprouts, red, green, black (O). $1.99/lb @Safeway, red, green.
Raspberries and Blackberries—$2.50/each @Fry’s
Apples—$.88/lb @Fry’s, Honeycrisp or Envy. $.98/lb @Sprouts, Granny Smith. $.99/lb @Safeway, Granny Smith. $2.98/2 lb bag @Sprouts, Granny Smith or Fuji (O)
Pears—$.98/lb @Sprouts, Red or D’Anjou. $.99/lb @Safeway, Bartlett.
Navel Oranges—$.98/lb @Sprouts
Watermelons—$2.50/each @Fry’s, personal size
Jumbo Blueberries—$4.99/9.8 oz. @Fry’s.
Avocados, lg—$.69/each @Safeway. $$.88/each @Sprouts. $1.50/each @Fry’s
Tomatoes—$.99/lb @Fry’s, Roma
Bell Peppers—$1.48/each @Sprouts, red, yellow, orange, (O)
Asparagus—$.98/lb @Sprouts. $2.99/lb @Safeway
Potatoes—$.99 @Safeway, red.
Broccoli—$1.50/lb @Sprouts, bunches (O)
Celery—$.99/each @Safeway. 1.50/bunch @Sprouts, (O)
Other Good Deals
Eggs—$3.99/dz @Sprouts, Organic Valley, free range.
Mushrooms—$1.99/8 oz box @Safeway
Frozen Entrées—$2/each @Fry’s, Stouffer’s or Lean Cuisine
French Bread—$1.50/each @Sprouts, fresh
Cinnamon Rolls—$1/4 ct box @Safeway
Apple Pie—$3.99/each @Fry’s, 8 inches
Butter—$2.99/8 oz @Sprouts, KerryGold pure Irish
Ring Cakes—$5/each @Safeway
Canned Beans—$1/each @Fry’s, Bush’s Best
Real Pumpkin Pancakes (not just pumpkin spices!)
Try Breakfast for Supper, serve with maple syrup, bacon baked in the oven, and eggs, however you like them and cinnamon rolls.