Candied Grapefruit Peel for a Different Snack
When you're tired of the same snacks and don't want to eat plain and ordinary fruit, you can try some candied grapefruit peel. You will be adding the benefits of grapefruit peel while at the same time creating a snack that is at least partially healthier than a slice of cake or a candy bar. However, candied grapefruit peel can become rather caloric in nature if you add too much sugar, so if you are looking to reduce your sugar content, you need to be careful when making candied grapefruit peel.
Candied Grapefruit Peel
2 1/4 cups sugar, plus 1 cup for coating dried peel
Cut the grapefruit into quarters and remove the juice. Store the juice for later use. Begin peeling up on the pulp from one end of the quarter to the other. You should be able to pull the entire peel out in one piece, and if there is any remaining pulp or membrane, you can scrape it off with a grapefruit spoon. The remaining peel should be perfect clean.
Cut the grapefruit peel into Â¼ inch strips. The easiest way to do this is to use a serrated knife with the peel side facing upward.
Fill a 2-quart saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Place the grapefruit peel into the boiling water and simmer for five minutes before draining. Re-fill the pan with fresh water; bring to a boil again before placing the grapefruit peel into the water and simmering for another five minutes. It is essential to repeat this three times in order to remove the biter flavor from the grapefruit peel.
After you have boiled the peels the third time, combine the sugar and 1-1/2 cups of water in the sauce pan. Stir the mixture over medium-low heat until the sugar is completely dissolved and then place the peel back in the saucepan. Dip a pastry brush in cold water and brush the sides of the pan to prevent the syrup from burning.
Place the peels back in the water and increase the heat until the liquid reaches a gentle boil; reduce the heat to a simmer. Simmer the grapefruit peel for 1-1-1/2 hours or until the peels are tender and sweet and the liquid is a syrupy mixture.
This is only one of the many recipes available for candied grapefruit peel. You may have some of your own you wish to use as well. For diabetics or those on reduced-sugar diets, you can substitute an artificial sweetener for the sugar.