Sunday, April 8, 2012

Canning Grapefruit


The grocery store had Texas Pink Grapefruit for $4.98 for a 10 pound bag. It was a manager's special and I bought two. They looked wonderful, big and ripe and not dried out. So on Friday I canned grapefruit.


If you would like to follow along you can find the instructions in The Ball Blue Book 100th Anniversary Edition on page 19.


Wash grapefruit and drain. Peel grapefruit, cutting deep enough to remove white pith. Cut membrane away from pulp for each section; lift out the pulp without breaking the cell structure. Discard seeds.  Translation .... take all the white stuff off without breaking the sections. 


Make a light syrup. I used 2 cups sugar to 5 cups water. Then heat your syrup and keep it hot. I also placed my lids in hot water and out then on very low heat to maintain that heat. 


Pack grapefruit sections into hot jars leaving 1/2 inch head space. 




Ladle hot syrup over grapefruit , leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Remove Air bubbles.


Wipe off rims with clean cloth.


Place hot lids on hot jars and seal two-piece caps.


Place in boiling water canner.


Place lid on and bring to a rolling boil and maintain boil for 10 minutes for both pints and quarts.



So for $9.96 cents for 20 pounds of grapefruit I got 18 pints of delicious sweet grapefruit sections (Not counting the 2 cups of sugar and the cost of jars) . Won't this be wonderful on a cold winter morning when I need some vitamin C. 


Blessings from The Holler

The Canned Quilter

15 comments:

  1. Oh my, thank you so much for the tutorial and all those great photos. I couldn't 'picture' what you would do with so many grapefruit, but now I don't have to. Happy Easter.

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  2. Wow! I never thought to can grapefruit before :-) What do you use on the bottom of your pot to keep the cans off the bottom? It doesn't look like a traditional canning rack, and looks like a better use of space!

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    1. The rack out of an old pressure canner : )

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  3. Excellent post! I don't know why I never thought to can grapefruit and orange sections when their in season here in Florida. I definitely will in the future!

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  4. I have bookmarked this.
    I would undoubtedly break a lot of the sections, haha. But I appreciate the indepth directions, CQ. :o)

    Hope you had a blessed weekend!

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  5. You make it sound so easy! I have never canned grapefruits before; maybe I should try it. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Thanks CQ!! I'll have to watch for some on sale!

    What would you use these for, besides eating straight out of the jar?

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    1. We just like them straight out of the jar or maybe with yogurt : )

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    2. I'm making these tomorrow for my dad. So yummy over ice cream with the syrup or over cottage cheese!!

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  7. My husband loves grapefruit but it is expensive to buy it canned (a good brand), I will have to try this. Thank you.
    Blessings,
    Rashel

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  8. I love this - I want to give this a try. What a great deal you found! I am pinning this post.

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  9. Thank you! I live in CA and have two grapefruit trees that are always full every winter. Now I know what I can do with all of it. THANKS!

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  10. I have lots of lemons, what do you recommend for those

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    1. The juice can be frozen and used for cooking or making lemonade. It can also be canned as lemon curd. The peelings can be dehydrated as lemon zest for baking. the peelings can also be put into vodka and make lemon flavoring for baking.

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