Best Juicer for Juicing Pomegranates – Olympus Citrus Press vs Omega VRT 330 HD
This is John Kohler with DiscountJuicers.com.
Today I have very special treat for you. This
is one I get, like, starting in maybe, like,
October, November. I get a flood of emails,
always asking me, “John, what’s the best
juicer to juice pomegranates?” Look I can
juggle two. But anyways, today we’re going
to truly find out the best juicer for juicing
pomegranates. I always get, “Hey John, can
x juicer juice pomegranates?” Well, guess
what? Most fruit and vegetable juicers will
juice pomegranates. The main difference is
that, you know, it may not make as much yield
and it may be a little bit more challenging
to juice the pomegranates, and that’s what
I’m going to explain today.
So, I guess on this side we have the Omega
VRT 330 HD. In general, I recommend the Omega
VRT juicers for juicing fruits if you want
to juice fruits. Over on this side, we have
the Olympus commercial citrus press, normally
meant for juicing things like oranges and
grapefruits and tangerines, lemons and limes,
but one day I had this smart idea. Well, hey,
can I use this thing to juice pomegranates?
You absolutely can, and, in my opinion, this
is the machine that works best for juicing
poms, but many people don’t want to buy
an extra machine, so they’ll get, like,
their standard fruit and vegetable juicer.
But today in this episode I’m going to share
with you how to juice poms in these two different
juicers. And also, while this is kind of a
juice-off, I’m juicing poms off the same
exact tree, which are this kind. These are
actually sweet poms, and there’s a difference,
you know. To get sweet poms you usually have
to go to the farmer’s market. They’re
not usually sold en masse, and they usually
have lighter seeds. They’re not quite as,
I’d guess, like, I guess the word would
be, like, bitter. They’re actually more
sweet. So they definitely taste really good.
And over in the Omega VRT what we’ve done
is, I’ve painstakingly de-seeded four pomegranates,
and I have literally four cups or one quart
of the pomegranate seeds right in my pitcher
here. So, normally to juice pomegranates,
you should de-, basically take all the seeds
or the arils out of the fruit. Now, you know,
if you wanted to, you could, but I don’t
recommend this, you could just slice the fruit
up and put it in, peel and all. But in ancient
times, actually, the peels were used for medicinal
uses. So, the peels may or may not be edible,
and if you do juice the peels, be aware that
it’ll make the juice, like, ten times more
bitter and really not taste good. But, it,
the peel may have some additional antioxidants
that are actually yet to be discovered.
So, before we get into the juice-off, let’s
talk more about the pomegranate. Now, the
pomegranate is an ancient food. It was basically
around before Moses in Egypt, and, once again,
the peel has been used medicinally in ancient
times. And, the pomegranate has three times
more antioxidants than green tea, so that’s
amazing. Antioxidants are really good for
us, because they help prevent free-radical
damage. In my opinion, antioxidants are one
of the best anti-aging foods to keep you looking
young and healthy and strong. In addition,
the pomegranates have things like vitamin
A, C, E, folic acid, potassium, iron, calcium,
polyphenols, and probably many other undiscovered
micronutrients and trace minerals that are
probably really protective and good for us.
I mean, for me, it’s all in the coloring,
the dark, rich, deep color says it all. We
want to be really eating foods of color. They
have, basically, protective qualities to them.
Greens, reds, purples, blues, all those colors
are really good. But in any case they- some
research has come out that says, you know,
things like, pomegranates can be helpful in
things like cancer and whatnot.
So, when pomegranate’s in season, I definitely
have a store of pomegranates in the house,
and the other- the good thing is you can buy
them and, actually, they’ll store quite
a while. I mean, these skins are actually
rather thick and tough, and, uh, you know,
you could have these, like, pomegranates,
for, like, a month, depending on when they
were harvested and how you store them. Generally,
storing them in the fridge is probably the
best thing to do. I like to store mine out,
‘cause I don’t actually like to fridge
my fruits as much, but then they’re not
going to last as long.
I guess without further ado, let’s get into
the juice-off. Now over on this side, once
again, we have the Omega VRT 330 HD juicer,
the heavy duty model, and this is called a
centrifugal ejection style machine. And how
this works is that there’s an auger in here,
and this auger spins around, and it literally
crushes up anything that’s put in there,
and the juice is squeezed out. So, it’s
kind of working on a squeezing action. Out
of this side of the machine comes the juice,
and this side come the pulp. So, we’re going
to see how the machine is effective at juicing
the arils, that includes, you know, the little
water-filled aril with the seed in the middle.
Let’s go ahead and put this back together,
and let’s get juicing.
So, you can see there we got the machine back
together. We’re going to take out the pusher,
and once again, on the Omega VRT you don’t
want to use the pusher unless something gets
stuck in the spout of the machine. We’re
going to turn this on, and we’re going to
take our time. You don’t want to just jam
all the pomegranates in there. We want to
give the machine some time work, like if you
put a handful of pomegranate seeds in your
mouth, you wouldn’t want to just keep shoving
them in as fast as you can. You’ve got to
slow down. So, we’re going to go ahead and
carefully pour these in, and you can see it’s
instantly crushing up the arils, and, man,
we got the juice coming out already.
Over on this side we got the pulp coming out.
Man, that pulp is really dry! That’s impressive.
So, once again, we’re just putting these
in in a nice and slow pace. Man, that is super
impressive. I’ll give you guys a close-up
on that. So, once again, we started with four
cups or four full pomegranates that have been
seeded. Now, you know, it is a little bit
of a pain to seed the pomegranates, and that’s
why I don’t normally do pomegranates like
this, ‘cause it takes too much time. But,
they say that if you do pomegranates in this
way it’s actually going to taste sweeter,
and you’re not going to get the bitter rind
flavor like if you use the press over there
on the other side. So, uh, I’m also going
to do a taste test at the end of this and
let you guys what I think. Once again, all
these pomegranates were off the same tree,
purchased at the farmer’s market.
Man, this working really good. I’m super
impressed on how this is juicing pomegranates.
Now the other benefit of using the Omega VRT
juicer to juice the pomegranates is that you
could see on this side, I mean, the Omega
VRT juicer’s really crushing up the arils
to release the juice. But, it’s also crushing
up the seed, and it’s getting some of the
nutrition in the seed mixed in with the juice,
so when you drink the juice, you’re going
to get all that nutrition in you also.
Alright, check it out, man, I’m just about
finished juicing the pom arils in the Omega
VRT. Nothing could be simpler than that. Just
pour them in, once again, don’t dump them
all in, pour a little bit at a time, and let
the machine work.
Man, this is where the Omega VRT juicer shines.
It literally kicks butt when juicing things
like this that have a hard fiber and a soft
juice, because that’s when it truly works
the best. And, okay, it looks like we’re
pretty much done here. The pulp stopped coming
out, and the juice is stopped. We’re going
to ahead and turn that off, and of the four
cups of arils that we juiced in the Omega
VRT, we now have three full cups, right there,
measured up, of pomegranate juice. Now that
juice is not clear. I don’t know if you
guys can see that, but it’s not clear, once
again, because it mixed in the seed, you know,
some of the nutrients in the seed with the
juice. So, we’re going to go ahead and leave
that over on this side.
Next I’m going to show you this pulp here
and try to do a close-up. I mean, this pulp,
I mean, it looks like the consistency of sawdust.
I mean, it’s not sawdust dry, but look,
I could wring it out, and, you know, basically
nothing comes out. I mean, it’s still a
little bit wet, but, man, this juicer was
very efficient at doing this. Man, this is-
I don’t even know what you’d do with this
now. Feed it to your chickens. Man, that’s
Anyway, so you can see how long that took
you, saw how long it took literally to juice
it, which wasn’t too long, but what you
didn’t see was me de-seeding four pomegranates,
and that did take some time. So, if you got
kids, that’s a good job for them to do.
And before I juice in the Olympus Citrus Press,
I want to show you guys the difference in
these pomegranates. Now, this is an organic
pomegranate, bought at the store, and you
can see the color difference. I mean, this
is a little bit darker than this guy, and
we’re going to cut this open in the middle.
Oh man, that’s a good one. So you can see
here that’s really dark, that’s a nice
dark, rich pomegranate, and in general, when
picking a pomegranate, what I would encourage
you to do is look at the skin. In my opinion,
you should get a pomegranate with darkest,
richest, deepest red-color skin as possible
if they’re the, uh, standards pomegranate,
because those are going to have the darkest,
deepest red arils. And the darkest, deepest
red arils are going to have the most beneficial
properties for you.
Uh, so next we’re going to go ahead and
cut open this kind. And this is the kind I’m
juicing today primarily. This is a sweet pomegranate
grown in somebody’s home, and you know this
one is actually ripe, but you can see the
difference in color. So, once again, there’s
probably hundreds of varieties of pomegranate
trees, but if you’re just shopping in your
local, you know, grocery store, or even health
food store, they just have something labeled
“pomegranates,” and there’s only one
kind. But if you go to that same store, and
you go to the apple section there, they got
Granny Smith apples, they got Fuji apples,
there’s all kinds of pomegranates, so you
really need to grow your own tree or go to
a farmer’s market and get some of these
rare and exotic varieties. Actually, in my
area they have a pomegranate tasting, which
Any case, let’s go ahead and move these
to the side, and let’s juice next in the
Olympus Citrus Press. This is my, by far,
the favorite way to juice pomegranates. Super
simple. Super easy. Anyone can do it. So,
once again, this is in a manual press, this
one was electric, so if your electricity goes
out, you can still juice poms in this press.
Plus, it’s really simple, real easy. You’re
just going to take your pomegranate, take
a sharp knife. You’re going to cut it in
half along the equator, so obviously this
is the top, this is the bottom, or this is
the top, this is the bottom, cut along the
equator, and it’s going to look like that.
Then you’re simply going to take the pomegranate,
put it right here, centered-up on the little
nub here, and then you’re going to take
this handle and push it down.
Now, right when you feel some resistance,
you know, it’s pressed down all the pomegranate
juice, if you continue to go further, then
it may be pressing some of the bitter skin
oils. I’ve noticed that, so sometimes I’ll
just juice halfway, and then I’ll juice
the other half for, like, a friend, but I’m
going to go all the way down to get the maximum
yield, so we could go all the way down, and
now we can pull this out. And check it out,
look at that. That’s really dry also. It’s
literally left all the seeds in there for
the most part. There’s a few stragglers
in there, but it’s left all the seeds in
there, and it’s pressed all the juice out
into my container below.
Next, once again, next half of the pomegranate
centered-up in there and press it down. This,
by far, is my favorite juicer for juicing
citrus and for pomegranates. It’s just super
simple, super easy. We didn’t have to de-seed
them. We didn’t have to do nothing except
cut them in half, and we’re literally juicing.
Sometimes I’ll go up and down a little bit,
it’ll get a little bit more juice out. Once
again, that thing is super dry. Really impressive.
Now, the thing is, you might be thinking,
“Hey John, I got another citrus press like
that. Can I use that press for pomegranates?”
Well, you know, I wouldn’t recommend it.
A lot of the citrus presses that look like
this, they work on a gearing system, and they
don’t quite have the power, and they’re
not as heavy-duty as this machine here. This
machine is NSF certified, which basically
means it can be used in commercial restaurants
and juice bars and bars for commercial use.
So, it’s nice and heavy duty, and it’ll
withstand the abuse of juicing pomegranates.
All right, there’s that one. So, we’ve
already done two pomegranates. Let’s go
ahead and crank through the last two here.
All right, got that done.
All right, last pomegranate. I love how simple
and easy this is.
All right, that’s it. That’s the last
pomegranate, really super simple, super easy.
Now, the beauty about this machine is that
it’s really easy to clean. This machine,
you got to take it apart, there’s a lot
of parts to clean. You got the screen, you
got the auger. With this machine, there’s
literally two parts to clean. You just spin
this off. Sometimes I like to, uh, you know,
pour this out. And you got two parts. You
got this cone piece right here, and then you
got the funnel. And these are the only parts
you need to clean. These are stainless steel,
high quality, you know, will put up with the
abuse of juicing poms or citrus fruits in
here. And, once again, to lock this in place,
you can see here on this cone there’s a
cut-out here and a cut-out here, and on the,
uh, funnel there’s two little indentions,
so you’re going to line that up and then
turn it. And once you line it up and turn
it in place, then the funnel actually won’t
drop out. The same thing with this, there’s
two little divots, or actually, opposite of
divots, little pins sticking up. You’re
going to put that in the machine when it lines
up and then turn it in place so it locks into
place. If you don’t do this, it may kind
of wobble out on you. So, once again, that
one’s super simple, super easy to clean.
Next, let’s go ahead and compare the yields
here. Now, once again, this was not a real
juice-off, because I actually didn’t weigh
out the pomegranates before juicing, and I
know the ones I put in the Omega VRT, some
of them were actually a little bit larger.
But, that being said, the Omega VRT juicer
did make three cups, and the Olympus juicer
made about, uh, two and one-quarter cups.
Now, I really want you guys to see the difference
in the color of these. Let me go ahead and
hold those up for you. So, you can see this
is like a nice, like, pink, like, darkish,
like- like un-filtered apple juice color.
And this is more like a filtered apple juice,
or in this case, pomegranate juice color.
Now, the really cool thing is now I’m going
to get to try them, and I never taste-tested
them side by side, so I’m going to tell
you how they- they taste right now.
Wow! That’s nice and sweet. I don’t get
any of that bitter punch. It actually almost
tastes like Kool-Aid or something, that’s,
once again this is the sweet pomegranate.
‘Kay, now we’re going to taste this one.
Oh! You saw it there first, man. That’s
how it tasted. You get that bitter punch,
because we’re probably getting some of that
rind juice in there.
So, definitely, each juicer has their pros
and cons. I definitely would recommend the
Omega VRT juicer if you want to extract the
arils only. Worked better, tastes better,
probably yields more – maybe not. Of course,
if you want to take the easy route, you have
lots of pomegranates to process, you’re
not going to pick out all of the arils. Then
cut them in half, blast them through here,
and then I’d recommend don’t blast it
all the way down. Come down about halfway
and let most of the juice come out, then put
a different cup in there and then blast it
all the way down, and then get the bitter
stuff at the end, and then separate that out.
That also tends to work.
Now, the question is, “Hey, John! How do
you use the pomegranate juice?” Well, if
it was this pomegranate juice, it tastes so
good, I’ll just drink it straight up. But
in the case of the bitter stuff, you know,
some people may not want to drink this stuff
straight. I mean, if you go buy the stuff
Pom Wonderful in the store, they may be adding
sugar to it or it’s from concentrate, and
you don’t know what you’re getting. When
you’re juicing your own, fresh pomegranates
at home, you’re going to get a hundred percent
of the nutrition out of the pomegranates.
You’ll- including the enzymes, the vitamins,
mineral, phytochemicals in as high levels
as possible. Through modern processing, you
know, you still do get benefits, but the nutrition
and all the the enzymes are lost. The nutrition
is definitely lower than doing it yourself.
I always encourage you to juice things yourself
fresh at home. That’s the best way to assure
you and your family will have the highest
level of nutrition. And when you have the
highest level of nutrition, in my opinion,
you’re going to have, also, the highest
level of health.
So anyways, “How do you use this stuff,
John?” That’s another question I get.
Well, what I like to do on this stuff that
I press out, I like to just take a standard,
like bottle here, glass bottle. This actually
had some sparkling water in it, and what we’re
going to do is, we’re going to pour it in
the bottle, and I’ll probably pour in about
that much. Then what I’m going to do is,
I’m going to take some sparkling mineral
water. So, what this does, this dilutes down,
so it’s not quite as bitter, plus it adds
the bubbles, which makes it really fun. So
this is like a hundred percent pomegranate
juice or a pomegranate soda. And no sugar
added! I don’t like to add any extra sugar.
It’s not, uh, you know, too good for us.
Actually, because these guys are sweet, makes
it taste good enough like it is. So, this
is a delicious and refreshing beverage you
can see here, just like that. And now if you
want to store this, you could cap it off,
store it in the fridge for like a day, maybe
two at the most. But, man, this stuff is so
delicious I could just drink it straight.
Mmmm. Uber delicious.
Hope you’ve enjoyed this episode learning
about what juicer’s truly the best juicer
for juicing poms. And once again, depending
on which way you want to go, if you want to
go fast, no hassle, blast through them, go
for the Olympus Citrus Press. And once again,
if you actually want the sweet pomegranate
juice without that bitter flavor and the full
nutrition of the seeds, then you’re going
to go with the Omega VRT 330 HD or Omega VRT
Once again, my name is John Kohler with DiscountJuicers.com.
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