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A New Way to Segment Grapefruit

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Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.

Today: A new way to unearth perfect segments from your favorite citrus fruit.

How to Segment a Grapefruit on Food52

When the sun doesn't come out in wintertime, grapefruit is a consistent beacon of light. For unbeknownst reasons, people have strong feelings about grapefruit; some demand a healthy dousing of sugar in order to stomach, while others can eat it straight-up, unadultered. Those who require sweetener embark on archaeolgical-esque digs to unearth its segments, as the veiny skin only compounds its tartness.

No arsenal of grapefruit utensils on hand? No problem. We have a secret to let you in on: You can remove grapefruit segments in their entirety, while creating minimal waste.

Segmented grapefruit may require a little more work up front, but the end eating experience is far superior (read: no risk of getting squirted in the eye).

First, withstand the urge a cut a grapefruit horizontally like you have for most of your life. 

How to Segment a Grapefruit on Food52

Peel as you would an orange and separate in half. 

More: Use segments to make grapefruit with vanilla and honey.

How to Segment a Grapefruit on Food52

Have a plate or bowl at the ready. Cut away the top layer of skin, then slip your knife along the seam and pop the segment out.

How to Segment a Grapefruit on Food52

Continue in this manner, until you've completed all the segments. Once you get it down with a knife, just use your hands, preferably in front of the TV with a dish towel on your lap.

What are your favorite ways to eat grapefruit? Tell us in the comments!

Tags: Grapefruit, Breakfast, DIY Food, How-To & Diy