Grapefruit has always been a favorite, ever since I was little. I love the juicy tartness with just a touch of sugar. Definitely a treat anytime of the day.
So when we received a very nice looking batch of ruby reds at work I was inspired. I had heard about sugared citrus rind before and thought this the perfect time to try it.
What you end with is something similar to a semi sweet candy with an intense concentrated grapefruit flavour. A must try for any grapefruit lover. I took the jar to work and people were pleasantly surprised at how fantastic it was. Being the new girl I am glad they are receptive to my experiments. I knew I had them when they tried and enjoyed the lentils brownies.
- 3 Ruby Red grapefruit
- 1½ cup sugar + ¾ cup for sugaring
- Wash the grapefruit very well, I even used a tiny touch of dish soap and made sure I rinsed the fruit a number of times.
- Cut the grapefruit into quarters and remove the fruit.
- I did try and remove a touch of the white pith with the edge of an over turned spoon.
- Slide the rind into thin strips.
- Fill a medium sized pot with the rinds and cover with water.
- Bring to a boil and let simmer 10 minutes.
- Strain and repeat this step 3 more times.
- This is important to remove the bitterness from the rind.
- Strain well.
- You will notice the color has deepened and the rind has a touch of translucency now.
- In the same pot add 1½ cups of sugar and 1½ cups of water.
- Stir in the sugar and bring this to a boil.
- Reduce to medium low and add the strained grapefruit rind.
- Simmer now until all the liquid is gone.
- Remove the strips to a rack to dry for 7 hours or over night.
- Once dry toss in sugar until coated.
- Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet to dry completely, about an hour.
- Store in a covered jar.