How to store grapefruit
At home, grapefruit can be kept fresh for up to 10 days. Of the popular citrus varieties, this fruit has the longest shelf life. Room conditions or a refrigerator make little difference to this process. The period of preservation of juiciness by grapefruit differs little in the first or in the second case. The result depends on the ripeness of the fruit. If the grapefruit is ripe, then it can be stored for 10 days in a special compartment of the refrigerator, the unripe fruit will not ripen in cold conditions, and the overripe fruit will deteriorate both in the refrigerator and outside it before the specified period.
If the grapefruit is peeled, then its shelf life will be limited to 1-2 days. In the refrigerator, this period will last a day longer. After several days, the grapefruit will lose its juiciness and become less attractive in appearance. Its pulp will become lethargic and lose its taste.
You can increase the shelf life of grapefruit by wrapping the fruit in paper. In this state, it can retain freshness for more than 30 days or even several months, depending on the degree of ripeness of the fruit.
Influence of temperature on the shelf life of grapefruit :
- at temperatures up to +5 degrees – several months;
- at temperatures from +5 to +10 – 10-12 days;
- at temperatures above +10 degrees – up to 10 days.
How and where to store grapefruit
There are several ways to store grapefruit. There are several rules and nuances that will help prolong the freshness and juiciness of the fruit.
Grapefruit can be stored :
- at room temperature;
- in a refrigerator;
- in the freezer.
The nuances of storing grapefruit :
- to preserve the juiciness of the fruits, they must be wrapped in paper and put in the compartment of the refrigerator designed for placing fruits;
- it is necessary to store the grapefruit in close contact with other fruits with caution (if the peel of the fruit comes into contact with overripe fruits, the shelf life of the grapefruit will be reduced);
- grapefruit does not lose its juiciness if its pieces are frozen in a plastic bag using a freezer;
- you can store the cut grapefruit open (the use of containers is not necessary in this case);
- it is not recommended to store grapefruits in plastic bags (grapefruit, like other citrus fruits, does not perceive the lack of oxygen well);
- if, during long-term storage, the aroma of grapefruit has changed (you can smell dampness or mold), then you should not eat it, the fruit is already spoiled;
- so that the peel of the grapefruit does not begin to wrinkle, and the fruit itself – to dry, you can rub the surface of its peel with vegetable oil (this method is applied to most types of citrus fruits).
Storing grapefruit isn’t difficult. It is important at the initial stage of purchasing these fruits to determine how quickly they will be consumed in food. Ripe and unripe fruits will retain their freshness for a long time, and overripe ones will deteriorate in any conditions within a few days.
Grapefruit is bad for temperature changes . If after the purchase it was immediately put in the refrigerator, then it is better to store it there before use. If the fruit has been kept indoors for several days, then it is not necessary to put it in the refrigerator. The shelf life is not too different in both cases.