There was this crazy deal last week where Lowes Foods had grapefruit for $3.99 a pound, and they were having Super Doubles that week. This means any coupon $2 or less gets doubled. My favorite coupon site, Southern Savers, posted a coupon link for a $2 grapefruit coupon. This translated into free grapefruit. I had four coupons, which meant 20 pounds of free grapefruit. Guess what I did the following day? Yes, the whole day was the very sticky, juicy process of putting these grapefruit “up.” Totally worth it though.
I canned most of the grapefruit, using the same exact process I used for canning oranges, and ended up with 6 quarts of grapefruit. The rest I dehydrated. Very easy. Wash the grapefruit well, and slice thinly. If you get one slice that is very thick on one side, and thinner on the other, cut it in half. Then, cut the thick part in half, into a wedge, so it will dry at the same rate as the others. You know your fruit is dry when it becomes brittle. Dry about 48 hours.
How will you use dried grapefruit or other citrus? You can put them in water with some no-calorie natural sweetener for a grapefruit-juice lite drink. You can crumble the pulp in salads, and use in braising recipes. As for me, I’m saving my dehydrated grapefruit for emergency purposes, as the fruit is high in Vitamin C. I will use this grapefruit after a year, then replace it when citrus sales are in full swing again. There is no water content in these slices, so I am not concerned about spoilage. However, for the best quality I’ll just replace them after 12 months. Hopefully I will be able to score another deal like this again. It pays to buy in bulk and preserve when produce is in season.