I have to admit that we often buy grapefruit, forget about it, and let it just go to waste. We recently purchased a bag and I decided I needed to take immediate action! While carving away at the grapefruit, it occurred to me that there might be someone else out there who’s grapefruit challenged, so I’m going to share the way we were taught to cut a grapefruit down here in Texas. Yee Haw!
First of all, put the grapefruit on a cutting board and cut off each end, using the end where the stem would have been to start with.
Now, place one of those flat sides on the cutting board and using a slight curved motion to follow the contour of the grapefruit, start cutting away at the skin.
Once you’ve cut away all the skin, it will look like this. Big surprise, huh? A naked grapefruit.
Holding the grapefruit in your hands, take the knife and carefully cut inside each section. First one side, then the other, moving around the grapefruit until there’s nothing left but the tough stuff that holds it all together. At this point, squeeze the remaining juice into the bowl so you don’t waste any of it.
Next, take the knife again and scrape any remaining pieces of grapefruit into the bowl. This also gives you more juice. Then, take the skin that’s already been removed, and use a spoon to get more grapefruit and juice. It doesn’t seem like a lot, but you don’t want to waste any of it.
With 9 grapefruit, 3 of them fit nicely in one quart jar. I rinsed the outside of the jars, wiped them off, put a lid on them, and stuck two of them in the freezer. I’m keeping the other one to enjoy. It sure will be nice to have “fresh” grapefruit long after they’re out of season.
Got a better idea? I’d love to have you share it.