Undoubtedly one of the most refreshing and healthy fruits out there is the good old grapefruit. Its distinctive taste may not be a favorite to all, but there are many of us who crave that sweet and sour flavor.
Grapefruit can be bought almost all year these days, but do have a peak season. It would be a great idea to buy more than you need during this time and save them for later because this is when they are at their highest quality and lowest price.
Of course, you will have to keep the extra grapefruit from going bad until you are ready to use it.
So, can you freeze grapefruit? Yes, you can safely freeze grapefruit. Peel the grapefruit and cut into small pieces. Place the fruit on a tray covered in wax paper and freeze. Once the grapefruit is completely frozen, transfer to an airtight container. The grapefruit will stay good in the freezer for up to 12 months.
In order to get the best results, there are some important steps to take when preparing your grapefruit for the freezer. Read on to get our recommended method for freezing grapefruit.
The Complete Guide To Freezing Grapefruit
Grapefruit is eaten raw, sometimes slightly sweetened. It is often used in fruit cakes, fruit salads, gelatin, and pudding. Grapefruit is also often preserved in syrup.
In Australia, grapefruit is used to make marmalade and jelly.
Grapefruit juice is also available as a drink – fresh, canned, powdered, concentrated, or frozen. It can be used to make excellent vinegar or wine, with careful fermentation.
How to Freeze Grapefruit
Freezing grapefruit is quick and easy but does require some preparation.
You can freeze grapefruit whole or in halves, but we believe cutting it in pieces is the best method. We suggest cutting into slices or detaching each small piece.
Here is our step-by-step guide to freezing grapefruit:
- Step 1: Wash the grapefruit.
- Step 2: Peel the grapefruit – Be careful to peel without damaging the fruit. You can peel grapefruit whole or cut it in half. (Then you can simply use a large spoon to remove the peel, without any risk of cutting yourself or damaging the fruit.)
- Step 3: Cut or separate into pieces.
- Step 4: Arranging the pieces on a tray over wax paper, in a single layer.
- Step 5: Cover the tray with plastic wrap and put it in the freezer for several hours until the grapefruit is completely frozen.
- Step 6: Once the fruit is frozen, transfer to a trustworthy airtight container or resealable plastic bag and return to the freezer.
You can skip the tray and go straight for the container or bag. This is not recommended, however, because it will result in one large block of grapefruit. Using the tray to freeze pieces will give much better results.
In general, frozen grapefruit should remain safe for up to 12 months but as usual, we recommend consuming as soon as possible.
Alternative Storage Methods
If you plan to eat them within a few days the most suitable place for grapefruit is on the counter.
If you need to keep your grapefruit fresh for a few weeks, store them in the fridge.
Be careful not to stack too many on each other as grapefruit is delicate and damaging them will lead to faster spoilage.
When storing grapefruit in the refrigerator, avoid plastic bags and containers as they could lead to mold and spoilage. Instead, just keep them in the crisper drawer.
Once you plan to eat your grapefruit, allowing them to reach room temperature will keep them juicy and tasty.
It is best if you can give them a day before you eat them but several hours should do the trick just fine.
Can you Freeze Grapefruit Juice?
Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice can be frozen for up to 3 – 4 months. Some people even make grapefruit juice ice cubes, which is as simple as making regular ice.
To freeze your grapefruit juice, you need to choose an airtight container suitable for liquids. Find one that will leave you with additional headspace.
You should not fill the container to the top since liquids expand when frozen and grapefruit juice is no different.
Leave at least half an inch of headspace, seal the container, and put it in the freezer.
How can I select the perfect grapefruit?
The color of the peel can be misleading – red on the outside does not always mean well ripened. It is more important for the peel of the grapefruit to shine.
Choose a fruit that is heavy, and that can be lightly pressed. Avoid fruits with soft areas or a disturbed oval shape (this can be a sign of bruising).
How do you know if a grapefruit has gone bad?
Unless you are harvesting your own grapefruit, you won’t know how long the fruit spent in the store or when exactly it was taken off the tree. Fruit rarely comes with a sell-by date or a best before date, which makes it harder to know how much shelf life they have left in them.
In general, you should be looking for several distinct signs.
The fruit will begin to soften, and as the soft spots progress, they become moist and result in the growth of mold. This is when you should dispose of the bad fruits.
As with any other fruit, you should look for loss of texture and possible discoloration. It is rare that a grapefruit loses its color completely, but look out for white spots that can be a sign of mold.
What is the history of grapefruit?
Grapefruit grows on trees. The subtropical citrus tree reaches about 5-6 meters. Its leaves are dark green, thin, and up to a meter and a half long.
Grapefruit are yellow to yellow-pink in color and between ten and fifteen centimeters in diameter. The weight of a grapefruit varies between 300 to 600 g. They contain a soft and sour core of different colors: red, pink, and white.
Before the 19th century, grapefruit leaves were more valuable than the fruit because of their decorative value. The fruit became a popular food in the late 19th century, and until then it was consumed only in the island colonies of Great Britain.
Once it began to grow in popularity, the United States quickly assimilated the new crop, and to this day remain a leader in world production. You can now find grapefruit all year round in stores.
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