Learn everything you can you need to know about grapefruit's shelf-life. Find out how long they last, how to determine if they are bad and the best way to keep them.
There are a few grapefruits stored in your fridge for a couple of days now and you do not want them to go bad. This leads you to think: what is the length of time the grapefruit last?
Perhaps you've come home with a plethora of red, pink or white grapefruits and you're wondering about the best way to preserve the fruit - is it the same as storing other fruits in the fridge?
Do you have to keep them on the counter in a bowl of fruit or put them in the refrigerator? How much of difference is there in choosing one method of storage over other?
|Whole grapefruit||1 week||2 - 3 weeks|
|Cut grapefruit||1 day||3 - 4 days|
The dates that appear in this table are just estimations.
Whole grapefruits last for about one month at room temperatures, and between two and three weeks in the refrigerator. Grapefruits cut or sliced can be kept for about 3-4 days in the fridge until they begin to become soft.
(As you can see the storage times are comparable to the time that clementines stay.)
When you remove the grapefruits, their storage time is reduced to just a couple of days. Therefore, if you wish to prepare them ahead to eat throughout the week, don't create more than what you'll require for three days.
If you're looking to make use of the entire grapefruit before they become rotten (and you don't want to risk the freezing of grapefruits) One alternative is to juice the fruit. Grapefruit juice can be a fantastic refreshing drink. If you are not satisfied with the taste you can always add an ingredient to sweeten it or dilute it by adding water.
If you're not doing it already you can remove the albedo, or the white layer that lies between the peel and the fruit before you eat grapefruit. The albedo can be bitter, and I'm sure you'll enjoy the grapefruit flavor more if you get rid of it.
For ensuring that your grapefruits last for as long as possible, select the highest quality one from the store. Let's discuss how. Peeled grapefruit in circle
Selecting a Grapefruit
We use this process when we go to market to handpick grapefruit for our fruit baskets, so simply look out for the following:
- It feels heavy when held in the hand. If a grapefruit appears hollow or light is a sign that it's losing water and the quality will not be good.
- are comfortable to feel. Water loss shows that the fruit becomes soft. This is why we're looking for fruit which are firm.
- Skin that is smooth and free of any sunken bruises or spots. Bruising and soft spots can cause quality degradation and that's why we insist that our grapefruits are free of blemishes.
If you purchase a fresh grapefruit at a bargain and it's in the soft side then cut the time for storage by half. It's better to take it out as soon as you can. Grapefruit, after removing its albedo and membrane
How To Tell If Grapefruit Is Bad?
The signs of spoiled grapefruit are:
- Mold or rot. If either is the case, it's obvious that the fruit is gone.
- A soft texture, or even water leaks. Grapefruit loses moisture content with time. If the entire fruit is soft or mushy then its quality isn't enough to be eaten. This is also true when it's already leaking.
- A stale or off scent. This is especially vital for cut-up grapefruit that can be found in the fridge.
- Storage time too long. If that whole unpeeled grapefruit is sitting in the vegetable drawer for one month, or the cut-up pieces last for one week, it's the right time to throw them away. Better safer instead of regretting.
Naturally, if something concerning the fruit appears to be suspicious, you must discard the grapefruit, too. Your senses are pretty adept at identifying fruit that is not safe to consume. Make use of your nose, eyes and sense of taste to confirm that your old grapefruit remains safe to eat.
Small spots that are sunken or damaged on the peel can be repaired. If necessary, you can remove the portions or sections that are near, and reuse the remainder.
The first indication that your grapefruit is degrading is typically the shrinking of the stem end because of loss of moisture.
If you observe that your specimen is soft in the area, it's time to take it off or at the very least, create a plan to do this within the next couple of days. If not, it could become so soft that it's useless. Peeling grapefruit
How To Store Grapefruit
The ideal location to store grapefruits in whole is the crisper drawer inside the fridge, as well as the fruit is sealed in bags made of plastic. If you're happy with a smaller storage period, storing grapefruits in the refrigerator at room temperature is fine too.
The decision to freeze grapefruits or not will depend on the length of time you'll require to keep the fruit for.
If you're planning on eating in the next couple of days, you can place them in a bowl of fruits. However, if you'ren't certain whether you'll devour these delicious treats either today or within a week the refrigerator is a more secure option.
If you're looking for more storage space you can put the grapefruits into the freezer bag or in an airtight container. These will help in keeping the moisture for a longer period of time. If you're using bags, make sure to squeeze out as much air as you can prior to sealing the bag.
When you're looking to grapefruits that have been cut, they should be stored in a resealable bag or bag, and then in the refrigerator.