Fortunately, I was prepared for just such an occurrence. Armed with a plan to make certain that all of it would get put to good use, I assembled recipes and supplies.
First on the list? Grapefruit Peel Marmalade.
It's a delightful wintertime treat, like opening a jar of sunshine on a cold, dreary day. It also makes a welcome holiday or hostess gift, so preparing the marmalade replaced some of my Christmas shopping.
I followed a recipe by The Greek Vegan, which only uses the rinds to make the marmalade, reserving the fruit. The recipe is very simple, requiring only 4 ingredients: 4 grapefruit rinds, 4 1/2 cups of sugar, 4 tablespoons of lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of salt. I replaced part of the sugar with honey, and added a dash of almond extract and grenadine to brighten the flavor and color.
View the complete recipe here.
Because grapefruit is acidic, it is safe to can using a boiling water bath. I packed the grapefruit sections in sterilized jars and covered them with filtered water. As you can see in the photo, I did not pack the jars as tightly as I could have, and the fruit floated to the top. When we open the jars and eat the fruit, we drink the juice that is left behind or add it to our smoothies...yum!
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