Having both a tart and tangy flavor, grapefruit is an all-time favorite fruit of those who prefer minimal to no sweet taste.
For some, gulping down the bitter-sweet fruit is nearly impossible but for others, the distinct scent and the combo of sweet and sour flavors are absolute love. Besides having a unique taste, grapefruits come with innumerable health benefits. That’s exactly what makes this fruit a must-buy for all the health enthusiasts out there.
The sad fact for most grapefruit lovers is that the citrus fruit isn’t available in every season. In some states, the bright, cheery fruits are in market from January through August while in other states, they are available from October to June/July. Whatever the case may be, one thing is clear; one can’t enjoy this red-fleshed fruit all year long.
But did you know that there are ways to preserve grapefruit? If you didn’t, then don’t worry at all. We have some amazing tricks for storing grapefruit. To learn about them and more interesting facts about
grapefruit, continue to read this blog post!
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What You May Not Know About Grapefruit
Grapefruit refers to a citrus tree, also known as citrus paradise. Nowadays, the term is more commonly referred to an edible fruit that usually has a yellow surface and juicy pulp. The fruit was first originated in Jamaica and was largely consumed in the islands of the West Indies. History tells us that an English Captain – Captain Shaddock – first brought pummelo seeds from the East Indies to the West Indies in I693.
In the beginning, the fruit was as big as an orange and was referred to as “forbidden fruit”, and the “smaller shaddock”. Eventually, the popularity of citrus fruit extended in countries such as the United States, Cyprus, Israel, South Africa, and Brazil.
Today, America has become the largest consumer of grapefruit. This development feels ironic, considering the fact that when the fruit first arrived in the U.S in 1823. The fruit didn’t gain popularity until 1885! By the late 1800s, grapefruit trees were being cultivated at a staggering speed in various parts of America including Texas, Arizona, and California. With time, other varieties of grapefruit began to develop such as Oro Blanco, Pomelo, white, and pink grapefruits.
Grapefruit is widely popular, due to its numerous health benefits. Grapefruit is the only fruit that consists of 92% water. Hence, its regular intake can help the consumer stay super hydrated. In addition, the fruit boosts the immune system, promotes weight loss, controls diabetes, improves heart health, prevents kidney stones etc.
In order to make the most of grapefruit all year round, it is imperative to store them in time so that you can use them whenever you like.
Methods to Store Grapefruit
Do you think that grapefruit should be stored in a refrigerator? Well, you are absolutely right then. The easiest way to store grapefruit for a really long time (read: a couple of weeks) is by refrigerating it. Those who prefer to store grapefruits in a fruit basket and place them on the counter can go ahead then!
However, you may have noticed that by keeping them at room temperature, the citrus of the fruit may dry out. The otherwise luscious fruit then tastes nothing like its original moist self. You may wonder why does this happen? Well, the reason is that the moment any citrus fruits, including grapefruit, is taken off the tree, they begin to decompose. In other words, these fruits begin to dry out. However, the “drying
out” process can be hampered by refrigeration of citrus fruits.
The ideal method that every person should follow is to first refrigerate grapefruit. When you are planning to eat it, bring it down to room temperature. For that, it is suggested to let the citrus fruit sit out on your kitchen counter for a day or two. In this way, the fruit will maintain its citrus level and you will be able to get more flavors out of it. Not any temperature will be suitable for storing grapefruit in a refrigerator. In fact, the ideal temperature is between 40 degrees F and 50 degrees F.
A senior consumer for Baldor Food – Patrick Ahern – suggested that grapefruit must be placed in a refrigerator’s drawers where you place other vegetables. Avoid storing the citrus fruit in an airtight
container or a plastic bag. In either of them, the fruit can get moldy. Other than vegetable drawers, you can store grapefruit in a breathable mesh bag. But make sure that you keep a regular check on it and immediately use it when it starts to get soft.
In case, your fridge doesn’t have enough space to accommodate grapefruits, you can find another cool yet a dry place to store them. For instance, you can keep them in your laundry room or a garage. Make sure that wherever you keep them, no amount of sunlight or heat must come near them. At times, the
fruit may not appear to be good on the outside but that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t be good on the inside either. That’s clearly not how citrus works.
If you are afraid that your grapefruit may lose its vitality by keeping it outside, here’s an incredible technique on how you can preserve the citrus of the nutritious fruit.
Preserve Grapefruit Juice
It is probable that after a couple of weeks of storage, grapefruit may be at the risk of losing its citrus
power. The best way to make the most of this citrus fruit is by making its juice and then freezing it. How to make grapefruit juice? You may wonder. Well, below is a simple and easy-to-follow recipe to try at
your home today.
- 8 large grapefruits
- 4 cups water
- 3 to 4 tablespoons sugar or honey
To prepare grapefruit juice, you will need to cut the fruit in half. There is no right or wrong way to cut the fruit as it will juice the same. Now squeeze the juice out of the pieces of grapefruit with the help of a juicer – electric or hand. Once you have squeezed out the juice, add in water, honey/sugar. Blend properly until well-combined.
Now take the juice out into glasses and drink it to take in as many nutrients as possible. For the remaining juice, store it in your freezer. In order to freeze the juice, pour it out into a normal container
such as plastic, glass, or zip-lock. However, make sure that you do not overfill the jars/containers. Also, freeze them in a covered glass or plastic only.
Generally, the shelf life of refrigerated fresh grapefruit juice is two to three days. However, you can increase the shelf life by freezing it at 0 degrees F. One of the ways to tell if the grapefruit juice has gone bad or spoiled is by smelling it. If the juice has an unpleasant odor, taste, or appearance, discard it right away.
Store Grapefruit in the Freezer
Besides refrigerating your grapefruit, you can freeze it and expect it to last for a couple of months. In order to store grapefruit in a freezer, you will need to follow certain guidelines. First of all, peel the grapefruit with a knife, ensuring that the soft citrus part of the fruit is attached. You can either freeze them whole or cut them into fine, round slices. If you are storing them in sections, arrange them on a tray with a single layer of wax paper.
Once you have laid down the slices of grapefruit over a tray, cover it with a plastic sheet. Freeze them for a couple of hours and then convert them into a produce bag or a container. Before you seal the container or bag, make sure that you have squeezed out all the air. Now put them into the freezer and take them out whenever you like.
Make Grapefruit Marmalade
One of the downsides of freezing or refrigerating grapefruit for a long time is that it loses some (if not all) of its nutrients and original flavor. Hence, you wouldn’t be able to enjoy the same benefits as the fruit promises to offer. If you want to make the most of grapefruit, it is recommended to make yummy
grapefruit marmalade. Once you have prepared the marmalade, it can be stored in a cool, dry place for up to a year!
If you love marmalades, especially grapefruit marmalade, we’ll recommend you to prepare it at home. Trust us. It isn’t as difficult as it may sound.
- 2 ½ pounds grapefruits
- 5 cups sugar
- 6 cups water
- Peel the grapefruit and neatly cut the inner white part of the fruit.
- Next cut the rind of the fruit into 3mm wide slivers.
- Chop the fruit into smallest pieces and reserve the juice in a jar.
- Boil the water in a stockpot on medium-low heat.
- Add into the strips of rind, chopped fruit pieces, and reserved juice. Let it simmer for 10 minutes.
- Now pour the content into a heatproof glass bowl. Let it cool in your fridge for 6 to 8 hours or overnight.
- Now take out the fruit mixture and transfer it into a stockpot. Add in sugar and place the pot over medium heat.
- Mix frequently to dissolve the sugar fast. Let the marmalade boil until it’s thick and syrupy.
- After 15 to 20 minutes, remove it from the stove and pour it into sanitized jars.
Once you have stored the marmalade into jars, put on a lid, ring and seal them completely. Now store them in the refrigerator for as long as you want to. If you don’t want to seal your marmalade, allow it to cool at room temperature, and then move it to a jar without the lid. You can refrigerate the opened marmalade for up to 3 to 4 months.
Quick Tips for Storing Grapefruit
Remember that only fresh fruits can be stored for a long period of time. If you want to store grapefruit in a refrigerator or freezer, ensure that it is fresh. Most of the fruits in grocery stores are stored for more than a week already. Hence, it is better that you buy and utilize those fruits as quickly as possible.
Markets that have harvested produce sell fresh citrus fruits. Therefore, you should get grapefruit directly from these markets. If you are picking your own grapefruit from a tree, make sure that the fruit is ripened. If you struggle while pulling the fruit from the tree, then it is a sign that it isn’t ripened.
If your intention is to eat grapefruit within the first week, store it in a bowl on a counter. Make sure that the counter is cool and dry. To make the grapefruit lasts for more than a week, let’s say, three or four weeks, refrigerate it in a vegetable drawer. Grapefruit requires proper air circulation to keep mold at bay. Change its position at least twice a week. Freezing grapefruits in a Ziploc bag is also a great option as it can be easily stored for six months.