Product Testing at Lehman’s: Pomegranates and the Power of 3

_MG_3585Months ago, a customer asked us about whether the Power of 3: Slicer, Dicer, Juicer could juice pomegranates. At that time, pomegranates were out of season, and we weren’t able to try them in our first round of product testing. However, during a recent trip to the grocery store, we were excited to see that this super fruit is back in our local area.

So we rolled up our sleeves, once again, and hoped our clothes would not turn red by the end.

The Test: Can the Power of 3 juice pomegranates?

Power of 3: Slicer, Dicer, Juicer

The Power of 3: Slicer, Dicer, Juicer is available at Lehmans.com or our store in Kidron, OH.

The Power of 3 is a hand-operated machine that has three main functions: slices and cores your fruit, cuts 1/2″ thick french fries and juices soft fruit – no electricity needed. The cool part about this machine is that you use the same machine for all three functions. All you have to do is switch out the pressing plates and blades.

For this testing, we only used the juicing function. We had two nicely sized pomegranates that were very ripe. Unlike some of the other fruit we have juiced in the Power of 3 (oranges, lemons and limes), the pomegranates are uniquely different. They are mainly made up of seeds, which poses a challenge in juicing.

To fit the juicer plate, we cut both pomegranates in half down the center and placed one half onto the juicer at a time, with the skin of the pomegranates facing up.

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In the midst of juicing . . . we probably should have used a deeper bowl.

IMPORTANT: Before you start juicing, make sure you put a big bowl on the base, so it is directly below the juicing plate. We originally put a glass jar on the base, but realized before we started juicing that it was not wide enough (preventing a potential mess!)

The results:
Honestly, we were a bit skeptical before trying this and imagined the pomegranate’s red-purplish juice splattering all over us. We were pleasantly surprised. While it did take some arm power, the juicer did much better than we expected. After juicing two pomegranates, we got one cup of juice. (We’re also happy to report all of our clothes stayed splatter-free. Though we do recommend having paper towels on hand.)

Afterthoughts:
Traditional methods of juicing pomegranates involve soaking them in water to remove the seeds from the white pulp membrane and the peel, and using blenders. We skipped all of this and used the pomegranate as is, raw.

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After juicing — this pomegranate has seen better days!

Note: You may get more bitterness in your juice doing this method since the membrane is still on the fruit when juicing.

We could have potentially gotten more juice out the pomegranate if we ran it through more than once (repositioning the fruit on the plate, etc).

We did have to hold down the base while juicing because we did not use a surface that worked with the suction cups (on the bottom of the base.) Make sure you use a suitable surface, like a countertop, to help secure the machine while using.

The Power of 3: Slicer, Dicer, Juicer is available at Lehmans.com or at our store in Kidron, Ohio.

To learn more about what the Power of 3 can do, click here to read about our original product testing.