Keys To Saving: Hey, You Can’t Freeze Fresh Grapefruit, Can You?

Peak season for grapefruit is just around the corner in April, and the fruit are at their tastiest right now. If you drive near an interstate highway anywhere in the South, you’ll see stands set up hawking 10-20 pound bags of Florida grapefruit. Grocery stores nationwide offer the tasty fruit, but that will soon tail off as the Summer months end the grapefruit crop.

So what do you do if you want to enjoy the fruit all year? Can you freeze grapefruit?Yes you can! Here’s how:

    • Wash the grapefruit with produce wash or mild soap. Slice each grapefruit in  half, crosswise, with a sharp knife.

    • Remove any seeds that are present; then use a serrated grapefruit spoon to extract the sections of grapefruit in each half. This action will allow you to break the fruit free from the membrane and the rind. Place the grapefruit sections in a large bowl.

    • Mix 2 3/4 cups of sugar with 4 cups of water in a large saucepan. Heat  mixture on the stovetop, constantly stirring, until the sugar is dissolved.  Bring to a boil, then allow to cool. This mixture will yield 5 1/3 cups of  syrup.

    • Place approximately 1 pint of grapefruit sections per airtight storage  container or small freezer bag.

    • Pour 1/2 cup of syrup over the grapefruit sections in each container or bag. Seal tightly. The grapefruit can be stored in the freezer for up to 12  months.
      Source: eHow

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