You can prepare grapefruit several ways:
- Peel and divide into segments, like an orange; however, you are left with the tough membranes, which everyone finds appealing.
- Cut the grapefruit in half around the perimeter and cut around all the segments and the perimeter. This is time consuming and takes a lot of effort.
- Use a serrated grapefruit spoon to dig out the segments. These spoons are great but it still takes some effort.
- Segment the fruit into slices that have been pulled away from the membranes.
- This next method works for any citrus fruit. You just need a cutting board, sharp serrated knife (or a large knife if you wish) and a small bowl. Cut the grapefruit in half, top to bottom (not around the center). Lay one half flat on the cutting board and whittle away the skin, leaving behind as much fruit as you can. Take off all of the thick peel and slice off the top cap of peel. If there are thick ropes of pith still left on the grapefruit, peel these away. Slice carefully into one segment of the grapefruit, as close to a membrane as possible, and make a slit to loosen the segment of fruit. Make a slit on the other side, as close to the membrane as possible, and loosen the fruit completely. Lift out the segment of fruit. (Think of this process like removing pages of a book, in between the covers.) Repeat. At the end, you should have a loose "book" of membranes with the fruit removed. Give it a squeeze into the bowl with the segments so as not to miss any of that wonderful juice!
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