One of my favorite treats is purchasing a jar of grapefruit. It is so tender and sweet, and I love to buy the jar with three different colors of grapefruit if I can find it. You eat with your eyes ya know. But that jarred treat also comes with a price tag. I can’t remember the exact price but it’s beyond my limits of reasonable spending for prepared food, so that is why it is a treat.
I had the brain wave one day to make my own and it was one of the best ideas, and I have a lot of those.
You can reuse a glass jar, like a tomato sauce jar, or use a mason jar – something with a lid. Peel however many grapefruits you want, two or three may be a good starting point to get a feel for how much you will go through. I slice my grapefruit in half because it is easier to get at the flesh. The skin membrane-ish thing on the inside of the grapefruit can be tough so I just pull out the fleshy part, as intact as possible, and add it to the jar. I add a small amount of sugar and water to the jar and then carefully swirl it all around. Put the lid on and refrigerate it for a super happy moment making breakfast the next day, and the day after that and the day after that…
Here are my tips and learnings on making jarred grapefruit:
1. You will discover just how many teeny tiny microscopic cuts you have on your hands because the citrus juice is like dipping your hands in flesh-eating acid. The first time I tried this I felt like I was in a torture session and I very well may have given up every secret I was holding onto. Luckily, I was not holding onto any at that point. But don’t let this deter you. I probably should not have opened up my tips with this as the first sharing tidbit, I just thought you should know. It hasn’t happened to me since and besides, you are probably much tougher than I am. Just make sure you don’t have any secrets you are holding onto, or if you do, then do the grapefruit peeling when you are alone and no one will be there to hear you shout them out.
2. Do not shake the jar like a crazy woman after you have added the sugar and water to combine it. You will end up with a jar of pulp and juice. It’s a delicious jar of pulp and juice, but not the result you were going for. Be gentle, and just swirl the glass around. All of the flavors will combine just wonderfully by morning. Be patient, crazy lady. Sorry, that was a reminder for me.
3. Use a knife to slice some of the skin membrane around each grapefruit section to make it easier to get to the soft juicy fleshy part.
This jar of fresh grapefruit is so refreshing and delicious. It would make a great homemade gift to take for a host/hostess gift and to add to your special breakfasts, like this upcoming Easter morning brunch. You could also use smaller jars and put them at guests’ seats as a take home goodie after your gathering.
Here is your Easy Eating Idea printable (my recipe function is back up and running – yippee!)…