Supreme Citrus! Or, Let’s Segment Our Grapefruit Friends!

Supreme? Why do they call it that?  Whatever, supreme- segment- it is all the same. Get thee citrus out of pesky membrane.

In case you weren’t fully aware of this yet, I am kind of wacky.  If I get something stuck in my head- an idea, a belief, etc- it is difficult to let it go.  In the kitchen this has translated into a few hard held beliefs.  Beliefs I intellectually know are totally ridiculous, but stick with me.

I’ve overcome most of them.   Melting chocolate was one of them. See?  Ludicrous.  Heating milk? That might as well have been the Berlin Wall.  If a recipe asked me to heat milk, I promptly quit reading.  This particular neurosis is even crazier because I would heat milk to make homemade mac & cheese….but that was somehow different. No, there isn’t a rational explanation for that, instead I’ll just tell you my mind is tricky place to navigate.

Enter segmenting citrus.   Salad wanting sections of citrus?  Nah, can’t do that. Too much trouble I’d say. Now, I make some difficult things from time to time. And I know that segmenting citrus is not actually difficult. This fact makes didn’t matter though because it was the story I had repeatedly told myself.

But last night I segmented four grapefruits in minutes. And only cut one bit of finger.  Follow along!

grow & resist citrus grapefruit segment supreme

Wash that pretty (organic) grapefruit well! You'll want to save the rind for some cool stuff later.

grow & resist citrus grapefruit segment supreme

Cut a slice off both ends (blossom end & opposite end) so it looks like this

grow & resist citrus grapefruit segment supreme

Now you'll want to cut from top to bottom following the curve of your fruit and remove the peel, pit & outer membrane. I found a santoku knife easiest for this. Some people say use a butcher knife for this step and a paring knife for the next bit, but I found using this one throughout was easiest.

grow & resist supreme segment citrus grapefruit

Clean up any bits of pith you didn't get off with initial cuttings. Like that bit you see here. You'll want that gone. See the thin white membranes? You'll be making cuts as close to edges as you can. Slice to center on each side.

grow & resist supreme segment citrus grapefruit

Voila! Citrus segment! Easy peasy!

I’ll be making a new salad later today with the pile of segments, so stay tuned!

And perhaps this year I’ll get past my fear of pie crust.  The last standing kitchen confession.

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7 Responses to Supreme Citrus! Or, Let’s Segment Our Grapefruit Friends!

  1. Carbzilla says:

    You’re twice as funny now that I’ve met you!

    I can supreme but just today I hesitated on a recipe that called for melting chocolate in a double boiler (which I don’t think I even have). I’ll find a workaround I can live with, but just so you know you’re not alone when a scary instruction comes along!

  2. That’s exactly how I was taught to segment! Chef made cutting along the outside of the orange (or in this case grapefruit) look SO easy! It took me a little bit though to learn how to not take off too much fruit with the skin.

    On a different note: I just read this post at Restauranteers and it made me think of you – http://www.restauranteers.com/2011/02/01/heirloom-varieties-saving-a-piece-of-history/

    Maybe some day your kale wheeling little girl will have seeds passed down to her.

  3. aastricker says:

    I guess I never thought about my kitchen fears. I don’t think it’s so much fear with me as it is laziness. It’s a lot easier to just eat the citrus on the side than it is to segment it all up and include it in a recipe. :)

  4. This is why I married a trained pastry chef – he can supreme with the best of them. (Honestly – I never do it. He’s so much better at it than I am; I always mangle the fruit.) It takes a village.

    As for the chocolate – I never used to get the whole melting-chocolate-fear until I seized my first pan of chocolate. The heartbreak. Now I am paranoid; but 10 second bursts in the microwave, with stirring in-between, works pretty well. Even I only bust out the double-boiler once in a blue moon.

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