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Stocking the Holiday Gift Pantry: Easy Candied Grapefruit



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Have the holidays been on your mind lately?   I gave them some thought the other day as I was peeling two large grapefruit we found at the farm stand.  The peels were so pretty ... and such a nice solid thickness for making candied grapefruit ... within minutes I had them bathing in a homemade simple syrup (about 1/4 cup of sugar to 1 cup of water) gently simmering them for about thirty minutes.  After removing the peels from the syrup with a slotted spoon, I set them to dry on waxed paper and sprinkled them with granulated sugar.  The finished candied grapefruit will be used in homemade granola to be included in a Breakfast Gift Basket as well as prettily packaged in small, parchment paper lined boxes and given as token gifts alone...or included in other gift baskets.  Judging from your blogs, it's my guess you all are way ahead of me!

Sending love and good thoughts to all, as always.

Warmly,
Tracey and Family x0x


Note:  I forgot to mention that I like to use organic granulated sugar whenever I can ... also ... I save the leftover simple~syrup and use it to flavor and sweeten tea...iced and/or hot!
 
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Note:  I put some of the thicker (already candied) peels into the dehydrator for a few hours to  encourage complete drying.



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15 comments:

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

I've never had those. Sounds good and I'm sure they're really pretty!

Lorrie Orr said...

Oh my, you are way ahead of me. I've started thinking about Christmas but have no real ideas yet, and nothing begun. I love candied peel - such a yummy thing to add to a gift basket.

Mary Ellen said...

I have made this recipe with lemons and love it!!! Just had a little blogger luncheon this weekend and served these yummy treats. Everyone raved about them!

Have a great week friend!

bee blessed
mary

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries® said...

Hi Manuela! I had never had the grapefruit variety before and must say they are delicious! I put some in the breakfast granola (cut up a piece using kitchen sheers) and they added a nice touch to it. Loved your post on frugal Christmas gifts!
Love,
Tracey
x0x

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries® said...

Hi Lorrie, well, I confess to not having done much this year. I did (finally) put together my vanilla beans in vodka to make vanilla extract last summer (will be decanting it this week, and probably will blog about it)...and did my usual dehydrating of mint leaves from the farm stand (bought for 50 cents a a bundle) to make my tea bags...barring that not much!

This was just an impromptu act as those pretty peels were just begging to be candied and everyone knows I'm a soft touch. ;)
Love,
Tracey
x0x

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries® said...

Yumm...candied lemon peels are my favorite Mary Ellen! How did you serve them at your luncheon? I had never made candied grapefruit before this and they taste surprisingly different than the lemon...they have a gentle bite to them that reminds me a lot of candied ginger (which I LOVE).
Love,
Tracey
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P.S. Really enjoyed your series on re~selling, merchandising and the like!

Rebecca said...

They sound delish to me. Now this is something I could really get into....love grapefruit of any kind!

YUM!

Trying to figure out HOW to follow you! :( Confused!

xoRebecca

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries® said...

Hi Rebecca...me too! I peel it and eat it like an orange (sometimes I dip it in a little xylitol if it's especially tart)! It's supposed to be really good for us too!
Love,
Tracey
x0x
P.S. Your blog is sooo pretty! I'm so glad I found you through Mary Ellen's blog!

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries® said...

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Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

What a great idea. I'm addicted to my grapefruit and have 1/2 every morning. Thanks for the tutorial and thank you for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment.

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries® said...

Thank you so much Betsy! I really enjoyed your blog...so much inspiration and creativity!
x0x






Eve said...

Between the candied grapefruit and your coconut flour muffins, I am practically drooling! I am eager to try them both.

La Table De Nana said...

I've started Christmas too:)Makes it last..:)

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries® said...

If your blog is any indicator Monique your holidays are enchanting...like you. :)
x0x

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries® said...

Hi Eve! I'm not sure how I missed your comment but so glad I finally found it! Speaking of food...I was absolutely loving your breakfasts...you have me so motivated to make my own cheeses!
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