Do grapefruit rinds/zest have much flavor.

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Do grapefruit rinds/zest have much flavor.

Postby DocOpt » Thu Apr 15, 2010 11:25 pm UTC

You commonly hear of recipes calling for lemon zest/rinds and I was wondering if grapefruits and oranges had the same power as lemons do in cooking. I'd like a few opinions before I ruin some food.

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Re: Do grapefruit rinds/zest have much flavor.

Postby TaintedDeity » Thu Apr 15, 2010 11:28 pm UTC

I've definitely heard of orange zest being used but never grapefruit zest.
I'd suggest trying it in some water and boiling it, seeing what flavour comes off.
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Re: Do grapefruit rinds/zest have much flavor.

Postby Rinsaikeru » Thu Apr 15, 2010 11:57 pm UTC

I use orange zest pretty frequently--I imagine lemon is more popular because it's a stronger flavour. Lime zest is also tasty.

I usually see grapefruit zest candied..but I'm sure you could use it in other applications as well, and there seem to be recipes calling for it online.
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Re: Do grapefruit rinds/zest have much flavor.

Postby Bakemaster » Fri Apr 16, 2010 2:55 am UTC

Take a good sniff of the grapefruit. You'll notice it has a definite scent, but not quite as strong of one as a lime or lemon. Same goes for oranges. I've zested oranges for recipes, and it works fine, just not quite as potent per teaspoon as lemon or lime zest. Of course, one orange usually gives you more zest than one lemon or lime, so that works out.

What are you thinking of adding the grapefruit zest to?
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Re: Do grapefruit rinds/zest have much flavor.

Postby PAstrychef » Fri Apr 16, 2010 4:35 pm UTC

It certainly works in marmalades. It isn't as potent as lemon or lime zest when added to give a bright note or a bit of flavor burst, but it is usable.
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Re: Do grapefruit rinds/zest have much flavor.

Postby Rinsaikeru » Fri Apr 16, 2010 4:56 pm UTC

Mmm Marmalade, I need to get some of that.
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Re: Do grapefruit rinds/zest have much flavor.

Postby Amarantha » Sat Apr 17, 2010 8:00 am UTC

How about zesting a grapefruit and tasting the zest? That should give you some idea of what it can be used for.
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Re: Do grapefruit rinds/zest have much flavor.

Postby folkhero » Tue Apr 20, 2010 5:36 pm UTC

My sister made salmon kabobs in which she used olive oil that was infused with grapefruit zest. It turned out to be quite delicious. The grapefruit flavor was somewhat subtle, but definitely noticeable.
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Re: Do grapefruit rinds/zest have much flavor.

Postby zwei » Tue Apr 27, 2010 1:53 pm UTC

i've never zesting a grapefruit, but they do release a rather amazing fragrance when i peel them. (i like to eat grapefruits in my room and leave the peel in a container as an air freshener)... so yes, i suspect that you can probably use it when cooking. maybe not in the same recipes that call for lemon rind though.

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Re: Do grapefruit rinds/zest have much flavor.

Postby pooteeweet » Mon Jul 26, 2010 4:12 pm UTC

There are some recipes for grapefruit bitters on chow.com that I've been meaning to try.


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