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Jan 30, 2013 03:41 PM

What do I do with 100 grapefruits?

I have a grapefruit tree in my yard, and ordinarily the fruit stays fresh on it until late March, so I can pick it as I need it over the course of four months. This year, we have had hard freezes here in Tucson, so I had to harvest all the fruit ahead of that so it wouldn't be ruined. I now have at least 100 grapefruits.

There are only so many my husband can eat for breakfast, so I'm looking for other ways to use them, especially for dinner. I'll be grateful for any and all ideas.

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  1. Grapefruit curd, grapefruit marmalade ( I add red wine to cut the bitterness), can or freeze the peeled sections, jellied candies, infuse some vodka, vinegar

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    1. re: hippioflov

      Salty Dogs! Somewhere I've seen a recipe for a Grapefruit cake. You could juice them and freeze the juice for Salty Dogs down the road? ;)

      1. re: chloebell

        Fresh squeezed grapefruit juice and vodka has been my downfall before.

    2. Candied grapefruit peel, straight or dipped in chocolate. Sell or give as gifts if you can't eat that much. Yum.

      1. I live in Indian River County, FL (GRAPEFRUIT CENTRAL) and I've found some good recipes here:

        There are about 200 recipes for grapefruit and/or grapefruit juice on that website. (I have only tried a few, but the recipes that I've tried have turned out well).

        1. Remember that you can freeze the juice...use freezer Ziplocs, and lay them flat on a baking sheet. When frozen, they stack well upright. Also grapefruit cake.....
          A favorite salad here is Winter citrus....supremes of grapefruit, satsumas, oranges, blood orange, lightly salted and peppered. This one's a beauty, by the way, and takes well to a drizzle of olive oil. You can also brulee halved grapefruits for dessert, and can make an untraditional but delicious mojo sauce. Think about a salsa, too; maybe grapefruit, onion, cilantro and cucumber. Nice on fish or pork.

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          1. re: mamachef

            Your salsa idea gave me another one--use grapefruit juice in the marinade for ceviche!

          2. Grapefruit chutney plays nicely with pork, lamb and beef. In a salad, grapefruit is good with goat cheese, arugula, and avocado.

            My aunt from North Carolina used to make what she called a "Grapefruit pie", which I swear used 3-4 grapefruits per pie. Don't have a recipe, though.