Sale! Grapefruit! It is a season (January-April) wherein grapefruit is in abundance, so if you are a fruit person and love to hoard some while it is cheap by the dozen, its best as well to learn few tricks on how to store grapefruit to make it last longer.
Probably longer just in time for you to make that pie on grandma’s birthday or to bring some for the month end party. You will be surprised to learn that all is possible. Be amazed to discover these useful techniques to help you stretch your budget, organize plans and save time.
Store It At Room Temperature
Store them, just like the way when you bought them. How to properly store them would definitely save you extra money. Actually, storing grapefruit depends on when you plan to use them.
If you plan to eat it all in just a few days, it would be best to store it at room temperature since it would last for a week.
Here is what you need to do:
- Prepare a container intended for your storage. A bowl, a rack or simply the kitchen counter will do.
- You arrange your grapefruit in a careful manner ensuring that none of it will be bruised. Give attention to the bottom part since it is mostly where the pressure is. Do not stack them so closely together. Crushed grapefruit affects the quality of taste and you would end up disappointed.
- Buy good quality of grapefruit from the store (I suggest farmer’s market) or any fruit stand that you frequently go into. You should know, pick those that are firm, smooth, no black colors or damage.
- Do not put your grapefruit inside a close container or plastic bags. It will easily get spoiled since air can’t circulate well. I suggest to use a mesh bag or just any open container.
Store It In The Refrigerator
Yeah, you took advantage on that farmer’s market sale and bought grapefruit in bulk. You plan to use them weeks from when you bought them, so it is advisable to store it in your fridge.
Storing it inside the fridge would last 2 weeks (more or less depending on how fresh the fruit was when you bought them).
Here is what you need to do:
- Wash each grapefruit properly. Gently rub the dirt under running water. It would at least eliminate harmful bacteria that could spoil them while in storage.
- Completely dry the surface of the fruits. You can do this by wiping it out with clean paper towel (one by one). Moisture invites bacteria to thrive and easily spoil the fruit.
- Clean your fridge thoroughly (the cleaner, the lesser bacteria to grow).
- If you prefer, put your grapefruit inside produce bags. These bags are designed to keep the freshness of the fruits or vegetables inside the fridge. However, I do not use bags for my grapefruit since I think the peel is thick enough to protect itself so I suggest put it in a bowl or any container of your liking. This way I do no need to keep on opening the bag whenever I want some.
- Place the grapefruit in the fruit rack in low humidity setting. It is most convenient to have a fridge crisper drawer too.
- It is best to clean fruits without using any soap, or other cleaning detergents (often advertised in the market). It may contain toxic chemicals that is harmful to your health.
- Do not stack the grapefruit too many inside the drawer. It could dent or bruise it causing early spoilage.
- If you happen to have leftovers when eating grapefruit (cut or peeled), put in inside a sealed container or plastic wrap and place it immediately inside the fridge to preserve freshness. You can chill it up to 3 days.
- If you plan to serve refrigerated grapefruit, it is better to take it out ahead of time (before serving) and store it back to room temperature. It would taste sweeter and even more juicier.
Store It In The Freezer
When you opt to freeze the rest of your grapefruit, you would expect it to last for several months. On top of the savings you got from the sale, you will have ready stock to use anytime.
How to store grapefruit by freezing is a little bit different though compared to room temperature or chilling.
Here is what you need to do:
- Peel the grapefruit making sure you take out the white pith (soft, spongy part that is attached) as well.
- It is your choice actually if you want to freeze them whole or into cut up sections. If you prefer to freeze it whole, or cut it up into sections.
- Collect the sections into a bowl, you drain. (some juice might come out during the peeling) As much as possible, let it be dry.
- Arrange the sections on a tray with wax paper (single layer). Remember, do not over stuff the freezer.
- Cover it with plastic wrap.
- Let it freeze and transfer it to produce bags (or container whichever you prefer) squeezing out air as much as you can before it seals. You can use them out from the freezer whenever you like whether to eat them directly, juice or for shakes.
- For fruits that you opt to freeze whole, you can put it inside the bag or container right away and store.
- Freezing fruits means letting it stay inside for a long time. It is best to label each bag (put freezing date) for easy tracking. This way, you can monitor and not overstore it in time. This is also very useful when you freeze fruits in different dates. You would know what to use first (FIFO system). Be sure not to forget. Overstoring them can cause freeze burn. All your efforts would be put to waste!
Common Things You Need To Have
Make below list handy or always ready in your home and storing would be done in a jiffy!
- Plastic wrap.
- Wax paper.
- Paper towels.
- Produce bags.
- Produce containers.
Skills To Learn
How to cut a grapefruit? Learning how to cut a grapefruit is important before freezing it. If you have not done it before, here is a link to help you:
Do you know that there are different types of grapefruit? It varies in color, size and peels thickness. Knowing your kind of grapefruit would help you in choosing the right storing method and space needed. Learn more!
Now, how was it? Did this article help you in your plans? Learning how to store grapefruit would keep you organized, give you time to prepare and have money to spare. You will never run out of stock too!
Now, do you have the recipe in mind? Make it today, next week or even next month for with proper storage, you will never let your friends down. Spread the word! If you have questions or even suggestions, write a comment and we will be glad to hear it. Till next time!