My parrots love pomegranate seeds. The season for fresh pomegranates is short but I found a way to freeze and store the pomegranate arils (seeds) so that my parrots can enjoy them months after they are out of season.
Don’t try freezing the whole pomegranate as it turns into mush. I de-seeded the pomegranate and froze the arils with great success. The first year I de-seeded pomegranates by hand. Then I fould a great little gadget at Walmart (you can also find them at Target or online at Amazon). The 60 Second Pomegranate Deseeder and I must say it works as advertised. I de-seeded several pomegranates with this handy kitchen tool and was amazed at how well it worked.
I stored the pomegranate seeds in small plastic bowls which are about two servings for my flock of parrots. You could also store them in plastic baggies. You can store them in your freezer for up to 6 months.
Once frozen, you take out a bowl of seeds, open the lid, and loosen them a little with a spoon.
Then add them to chop, mash or whatever you are serving up.
I’ve found frozen pomegranate seeds don’t seem to make as much of a mess as fresh pomegranates or fresh seeds. My parrots get very excited about breakfast when it is served up with pomegranate seeds.
Here is a video of how the pomegranate de-seeder works.
This video demonstrates another way to de-seed a pomegranate if you don’t have a 60 Second Pomegranate Deseeder.
Whether you try the 60 Second Pomegranate Deseeder or decide to follow the directions for de-seeding by hand; you will be glad you thought to buy some extra pomegranates to freeze seeds for your parrots to enjoy after the season for them is over.