Candied Red Grapefruit

This process doesn’t really require a recipe.  It just requires time and a bucket load of sugar.

Candied Red Grapefruit

The peel of 3 grapefruit, sliced into strips
4 cups granulated sugar
approximately 3 cups water

Place grapefruit peel into a medium stock pot and cover with water.  Boil for 20 minutes.  Strain and return peel to stockpot.  Cover with approximately 2 1/2 – 3 cups of water and bring to a boil.  Add sugar and boil gently for 30 minutes.

Cover stock pot and place in a cold oven.  Allow to simmer gently (at 250-275 degrees) for 2 1/2 hours.  Cool slowly in the oven.  When cool, store peel and syrup in a covered glass bowl overnight in the fridge.

The next day, return peel and syrup to a medium stockpot and bring to a gentle simmer in the oven (275 degrees) and simmer, covered, slowly for another hour.  Test for doneness.  The peel should be tender and bittersweet.  If needed, continue to simmer until tender.  Cool peel in syrup.

Strain peel.  Working 1-2 pieces at a time, cover each piece in extra-fine sugar.

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