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Grapefruit Woes
hiltiki
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Posted: 2012-06-30 7:12 pm   Permalink


A good tip for those who live in Southern California. Just plant a white grapefruit tree....


 
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Fish Canoe
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Posted: 2012-07-18 5:52 pm   Permalink

Forgive my uncultured palette, but I just love ruby red grapefruit.

 
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Posted: 2012-07-19 08:21 am   Permalink

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On 2012-07-18 17:52, Fish Canoe wrote:
Forgive my uncultured palette, but I just love ruby red grapefruit.



Honestly, I think fresh red gf works great; if it's considered too sweet, just back of the sugar/sugar syrup in the recipe


 
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TikiSan
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Posted: 2012-07-20 11:33 am   Permalink

I've found White Grapefruit at Bristol Farms and State Bros in L.A. and Orange County for $2 each in the past couple of months.

 
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TikiSan
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Posted: 2012-07-20 11:35 am   Permalink

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On 2012-06-30 19:12, hiltiki wrote:

A good tip for those who live in Southern California. Just plant a white grapefruit tree....



That is ideal if you have the yard space. How long do the trees take until they start producing usable fruit? I see White Grapefruit trees for sale at Home Depot, Costco, and several other stores.
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2012-07-20 11:47 am   Permalink

I too am a fan of the UNSWEETENED, 100% ruby red juice (not the 40% juice/60% sugar water Ocean Spray stuff) Simply Grapefruit is a good brand for me ~ fresh, not from concentrate, no preservatives, readily avail at WalMart and Von's/Safeway. It even freezes well without the quality suffering too much - I keep an emergency bottle in the freezer and rotate it out every month or so.
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Posted: 2012-07-20 8:25 pm   Permalink

Ha Ha ATP . @ CincyTikicraig. We just got to make do whats available to us. Yes. Bottled white grape fruit juice is not the same. Its 100% but its from concentrate. Not the best, but you will have to wait till next season.
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Swanky
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Posted: 2012-11-09 07:02 am   Permalink

Thanks to Q-Tiki, I found white grapefruits in town. Very short time here. I intend to make Navy Grogs for a taste comparison.

Does anyone know:
How can I make the fruit last longer? Fridge or on the counter? I am considering grabbing a bunch more, but want them to last. I got a fairly green one as a hedge.

How can I make the juice last longer. Someone mentioned freezing it. Any experience?
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Swanky
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Posted: 2012-11-09 07:09 am   Permalink

Too laet! I answered my own questions:

When you are shopping for your citrus fruits, seek ones that are firm and the heavier the better. Heavier citrus fruits will contain additional juice inside of them then the ones that are lighter in weight which are much better for juicing and also for making any cakes out of your citrus fruits. Do not select ones that are wrinkled or have shriveled skins on them as they may be rather dry inside and not worth your money. Citrus fruits that do not have any spots that may be dried out, rough or moldy are ones to leave at the store. To begin storing your fruits, you can generally leave them on a counter top for five to seven days just at room temperature. Do not leave the citrus fruits in a path of heavy direct sunlight such as under a skylight or right next to a window. If you wish to prolong the lifespan of your citrus fruits, you can place them in any type of plastic bag or some prefer a cheesecloth wrapping and store them right in the refrigerator. It is safe to place them on a shelf or inside a crisper drawer in there to extend the life of your oranges, grapefruits and lemons. When you keep them fresh by refrigerating them, you can actually keep them for a few weeks as opposed to the average few days you receive out of leaving them on the counter. Choose the best looking citrus you can find at your local market and store them properly to lock in those flavors and enjoy them much longer.

The bottom line is, put them in a plastic bag (to prevent them from drying out) in the fridge and they will last 4 times as long.
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AceExplorer
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Posted: 2012-11-09 08:16 am   Permalink

I have my own pink grapefruit, orange and lime trees, and they produce excellent juices. I freeze juice for the off-season and use specialty ice molds to make storage easier and more dense than traditional cube trays. (I will try to post a photo in the near future.) This works very well, I have not been disappointed. It also allows me to make spur-of-the-moment cocktails when I don't have fresh fruits to juice at home and I don't want to make a midnight run to a grocery store. Freezing fresh juices is a good way for me to increase the "spontaneity factor" in addition to helping maintain the quality of what I can serve in my home.

Side note -- Any "made from concentrate" juice tends to be very inferior, in my experience, so I go out of my way to avoid it if at all possible. I am seriously considering planting white grapefruit if I can find a nice location with adequate sun. I'm moving to a new home where the landscaping includes a lot of tall oak trees. Will also be considering the addition of some tropical palms, etc. too, just to confuse and mess with the neighbors. heh...


 
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Swanky
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Posted: 2012-11-09 08:38 am   Permalink

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On 2012-11-09 08:16, AceExplorer wrote:
I have my own pink grapefruit, orange and lime trees, and they produce excellent juices. I freeze juice for the off-season and use specialty ice molds to make storage easier and more dense than traditional cube trays. (I will try to post a photo in the near future.) This works very well, I have not been disappointed. It also allows me to make spur-of-the-moment cocktails when I don't have fresh fruits to juice at home and I don't want to make a midnight run to a grocery store. Freezing fresh juices is a good way for me to increase the "spontaneity factor" in addition to helping maintain the quality of what I can serve in my home.

Side note -- Any "made from concentrate" juice tends to be very inferior, in my experience, so I go out of my way to avoid it if at all possible. I am seriously considering planting white grapefruit if I can find a nice location with adequate sun. I'm moving to a new home where the landscaping includes a lot of tall oak trees. Will also be considering the addition of some tropical palms, etc. too, just to confuse and mess with the neighbors. heh...



That makes sense. Freeze the juice in an ice tray and then transfer to zip-lock bags to keep it from dehyrating. Worth a try. Especially if we get hooked on this fresh juice. Going to do a trial run of Navy Grogs tonight to see how it compares.
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Q-tiki
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Posted: 2012-11-09 09:10 am   Permalink

Yup... I bought a couple of extra ice trays just for juice cubes. I was totally surprised to find the whites here in Knoxville. It's the first time i have seen them.
I guess I'll be juicing very soon!

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mikehooker
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Posted: 2016-02-13 3:39 pm   Permalink

I spotted Florida white's at the local upscale grocer a couple weeks ago:




I bought two and used them pretty quickly, returned to the store less than a week later and they only had 8 fruits in the bin! I assumed it was the end of their supply and erroneously only grabbed four of them, thinking that would tide me over since there's no way I'd get through 8 before they spoiled. Of course I hadn't considered the possibility of squeezing and freezing as a couple people have pointed out here. I went back again and they were of course all gone. I did see a small selection of Melogold's which I disregarded but now reading through this thread realize they are another variety of white and I should have grabbed some of those. I'm sure they are all gone as well.

Now that I got my misfortunes/frustrations out of the way, I wanted to discuss some juice matters. I've tried several varieties of fresh, bottled and cartoned juices. Those fresh squeezed Florida whites are hands down my favorite. Despite what I've read about pinks and reds being sweeter, I find those varieties to be much more bitter than the Florida whites. The whites to me taste similar to an orange with mild bitter/sour/lemony notes. It's a fruit I'd actually eat on it's own whereas the Texas reds to me are pretty nasty. Am I crazy here? Are these Florida whites to be considered oro blanco or is that a different variety? Irregardless, I find these Florida whites to work better in drinks that call for grapefruit than any other fresh fruit or packaged juice I've bought so I'm sad that my supply is super limited. This brings me to my next quandary...

I normally keep my fruits out at room temperature and use them before they turn, but I put my extra grapefruits in the fridge to prolong their life since I don't know how quickly I want to go through them yet. Uncut, can I expect a few weeks of freshness? If I just want to make one drink that calls for a small amount of grapefruit juice, is it better to just cut out a couple slivers to juice, then put the remaining cut open fruit in a bag to store in the fridge, or should I go ahead and juice and bottle the remainder? I'm thinking if I just put the cut fruit back in the fridge, it may dry out and lose flavor quicker. Is there any logic in that? I recently did the opposite, squeezing a whole grapefruit to see how much juice one would produce (just over 5 ounces), used what I needed for a Navy Grog and stored the rest in the fridge. After two days the squeezed/bottled juice was still fragrant and tasty, which differs from stored lime juice. As an example, when I'm entertaining guests I'll pre-squeeze a crap ton of limes and some times end up with excess juice that I refrigerate. Usually within a day, and especially two, the juice is flavorless. It appears grapefruit can hang a little longer but when is the turning point?

Lastly, in an effort to preserve juice for the off season, a couple people have mentioned putting the juice in ice trays then popping the frozen cubes out and putting them in plastic baggies. What kind of trays do you guys use?

I think that's all I got for now. It's about time to make a drink...






 
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hiltiki
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Posted: 2016-02-13 4:24 pm   Permalink

I do plastic ice trays, these are the ones I got from 99 cent store. Each section holds 1/2 oz of liquid so its perfect. I dump the grapefruit ice cubes in my electric mixer along with other ingredients when making a cocktail and it works real well, so easy.

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wupput
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Posted: 2016-02-15 5:43 pm   Permalink

For anybody in SoCal, right now is the time to buy Oro Blanco - seen them at the local farmer's markets and a few grocery stores. They're really sweet and good this year.

I've already made Reverb Crashes and Navy Grogs and about to make some Big Bamboos, what's another good grapefruit heavy drink?


 
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