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Chef Higgins from George Brown Chef School leads you through how to peel and segment a grapefruit for salads and desserts.
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How to Peel and Segment a Grapefruit
Next thing we’re going to be doing is a grapefruit. I'm going to say, I want to make little segments. I want to clean the grapefruit. How would I do it? Well very, very simple; you have dimples in the grapefruit. All I'm going to do is take a little bit of the pith off, the rind, take it off because what I want to do is create a base so it doesn’t go all over the place. If I tried to cut these like the segmentation, I'll take the pith off. I've got a greater chance of cutting myself and I don’t like to cut myself. So needless to say, it's abd enough when I shave in the morning the last thing I want to do is cut myself when I'm using a sharp knife.
So again, I've topped it, tailed it the whole thing. And again I can see now where for instance the actual fruit is I want to get to. I see where the circle is in the outside. I'm just going to follow the lines. So, like following the yellow brick road. And what I don’t want, I don’t want a lot of the flesh and left here because this here is going to end up in the garbage.
So again you can see here, nice even curve. So, I'm just going to follow the outside here and I'm going to make this outward from myself but hopefully you can see this in the camera. All I'm doing is following this line here, the flesh because I want to make sure all the beautiful taste of the grapefruit is going to stay with me.
So again, I want to keep -- we’re running a little bit of the time and then just very, very easy, no pressure. If I spend a lot of pressure in here, they’ll be just all over the place. So again, following the natural curvature, what happens is you see that the shape out of the grapefruit is there. So again, what you see now is here and I want to trim up the other end because I couldn’t see when I was doing it on the camera.
How do I segment the grapefruit? So Francis again, very, very simple I want to hold it in my hand very, very simply. And what I'm going to do here is I want to take my knife and I'm going to make a slight insertion here and just going to flip my knife over. I'm actually not cutting. I'm just taking this here and just pushing it. And you can see here how easily it falls out. So again, I'm going to get down. I'm going to make an insertion almost to the root or the core. And now I'm going to flip it over and I'm just using this with a very little pressure. I'm going to use it here, and what happens is it comes out, just like so.
So you have beautiful segmented grapefruit really, really nice. And again, you look at this and it looks so natural -- you will find something -- and cooks at home or take this, and I'll do this. So we’re done in this side and we’ll get down to this side as well. What happens is you leave all the stuff here, nice easy sections you can see it looks so natural. And again compared to this one here we cut out, these look real grapefruit, looks as if it just fell from the tree. Possible just take it. You can slice them as well, julienne cuts, whatever you want it; julienne or just a nice slice.
And this here again, you can see be nice to serve a little salad or a piece of fish, on top a little vinaigrette. So, grapefruit, there are many ways to do it but definitely the most important thing is with the grapefruit is to top and to tail, to take the outside off. And one thing you don’t want to do is to leave on your segmentations here is to leave any of the pith. The pith tastes terrible. Trust me.