Use these steps and you will be able to open up a pomegranate, mess-free! *Select pomegranates by weight not color!* Remember the heavier they are the more juice they contain! Here is how to open a pomegranate: mess free! Cut the crown of the pomegranate off - (the top of it). Take your knife and cut through the membrane of the pomegranate (the middle). Get a bowl of water and separate the seeds from the membrane inside the bowl. The seeds will sink to the bottom, and scoop out the membrane with a spoon. Get a strainer and put the water with pomegranate seeds through it. These simple instructions will have you enjoying the fruits of your labor in no time!