Put Your Grapefruit Peel To Work
Every morning all across America millions of folks dig into a juicy grapefruit for breakfast. They not only know how good a grapefruit taste but they’re probably also aware of all the amazing health benefits they receive from a daily dose of the citrus. Grapefruits are loaded with vitamin C, potassium, calcium and iron. Those are needed to keep your skin glowing, stop a cold from taking old and strengthen your bones. A grapefruit is also full of body building minerals and other nutrients that help lower cholesterol, keep the heart pumping and push away cancer cells. All of that work from one little grapefruit at breakfast! But there are many other ways to put that grapefruit to work. It can be diced up and added to a salad or even broiled for an interesting snack. Whatever you do, don’t throw away the peel. There’s much more work to be had from that rind!
During the holidays, some adventurous homemakers have discovered the unique treat of candied grapefruit peel. All you need to do is slice up the peel into half inch wide strips. Place the grapefruit strips into a pan and cover with water. Bring the water to a boil then strain it over. Do this boiling process two more times for a total of three separate boils. On the last boil, add sugar to the pan. Half cup for each grapefruit should do the trick. Keep that mix simmering until all the water has evaporated. Let the candied grapefruit peels dry off. If you want to kick them up a notch, dip them in chocolate and chill. You’ll have your family and guests clamoring for more!
One way to infuse grapefruit flavor on fish or salads is to whip up a batch of citrus seasoned sea salt. First, preheat your oven to 225 degrees. Then with a grater or zester shave down your grapefruit peel. The perfect combination is one tablespoon of grapefruit zest for each cup of sea salt. Mix the salt and the zest together on a baking sheet. Pop in into the oven for two hours. The result is a fragrant and tangy salt that can spice up a wide array of dishes.
Have you tried flavored vodkas? You can make your own grapefruit version of vodka by simply dropping in some grapefruit peel and letting it meld for a week or two. During that time, take a few sips to reach your desired flavor level. Once you’ve got the taste right, strain out the peel from the vodka. And if you have any grapefruit peel left after all of that, toss it onto your compost pile. Not only is it great for the mixture, but it will also keep stray cats away.