How long does Grapefruit last? (Whole, Cut, Squeezed)

How long does Grapefruit last

Grapefruits, not to be confused with oranges, are a popular tropical fruit originating from Barbados.

They are one of the most efficient citrus fruits providing the daily requirement of Vitamin C in a single grapefruit. Grapefruit comes in different colors and different levels of sourness and sweetness.

You purchased some Grapefruits from your nearby market, and you are a little confused about how long grapefruits last. Will it be stupid to leave them outside? And such similar questions.

Well, then, you have landed on the perfect article. I will tell you all about how long grapefruits last and how you can efficiently store them for better preservation.

Don’t have time, here’s a quick answer.

CounterFridgeFreezer
Whole Grapefruit1 week 2 to 3 weeks 8 to 12 months
Cut Grapefruit1 day 4 to 5 days 4 to 6 months 
Squeezed Grapefruit2 hours 2 to 3 days 3 to 4 monnths

How long does the whole Grapefruit last? 

Grapefruit is an interesting fruit. It comes in various colors; the flesh inside comes in different colors: red, white, and even pink. 

But these colors have negligible to almost no effect on the shelf-life of grapefruit. The colors help determine the grapefruit’s sourness and sweetness level. 

Generally, the shelf of a whole grapefruit is around 6 to 7 days. 

However, the thing defining the shelf-life of your grapefruit is how and where you store the fruit. The shelf-life of grapefruit varies depending on whether you have stored it in the fridge or outside at room temperature. 

The shelf-life of the grapefruit also depends on where you store it in the fridge. 

Did you know: USA is the world’s largest producer and exporter of grapefruits.

How long does Grapefruit last unrefrigerated?

Grapefruit is a citrus fruit, and like all other citrus fruit, they have a fairly good short-term life if stored at room temperature. 

Your grapefruit will be in good condition even if it’s unrefrigerated. 

You need to know that grapefruits are properly washed and cleaned while harvesting. So if you’re storing your grapefruit outside, make sure you do not wash it unless you decide to use it.

If you have stored your grapefruit in the proper conditions, it will last around 1 week at room temperature. 

If you have already cut your grapefruit, you should eat it as soon as possible because they don’t stay fresh for more than a day. Cut grapefruit would become dry if left outside for more than the specified time. 

Grapefruit Shelf Life
Grapefruit Cut on Table

How long does Jarred Grapefruit last after opening? 

Generally, grapefruits are available throughout the entire year. But if you cannot find grapefruit near you, the next best thing you can opt for is to buy Jarred grapefruit. 

These are cut grapefruit stored in some solution to ensure they last in good condition. If you have not opened the jar of grapefruit, then it would last for around 6 months even if stored properly in the fridge. 

You can also refer to the “Best By” date on the jar to determine its shelf-life. Remember that 

The “Best By” date determines the quality of the product and not the safety. 

If you have opened the jar of grapefruit, then you should not leave it outside for more than 2 hours. Store the jar in the fridge, where they would stay fresh for 10 to 12 days. 

How long does Grapefruit last in the Fridge?  

The best way to preserve the grapefruit is to store it in the fridge. 

If you can, store your fresh grapefruits outside till they ripen up. Once they are ripe, you shouldn’t leave them out for a long time. Store them in the fridge once ripe. If you store them properly, the grapefruit can easily last for up to 2 to 3 weeks in the fridge. 

If you have cut your grapefruit and were unable to finish the pieces in one go, then storing the cut pieces in the fridge is the best solution you have. 

Storing them in the said conditions will last for almost 4 to 5 days in the fridge. 

If you are like me, then you would like grapefruit juice. A freshly squeezed grapefruit is always so refreshing. But if you leave it outside for more than 2 hours, it won’t be safe to consume. 

That is why you need to store freshly squeezed grapefruit in the fridge, which would last around 2 to 3 days. 

How long does Grapefruit last in Freezer? 

If you want your grapefruit to last for the longest time, then storing them in the freezer is the only trick you have. 

You can store your grapefruit in the freezer. But be mindful that the texture of grapefruit can vary if stored in the freezer for longer. 

A whole grapefruit stored in adequate conditions would last around 8 to 12 months in the freezer. 

It’s not always recommended to store cut grapefruit in the freezer. But if you wish to use it in some dish after a couple of days for some dish, then you cutting the grapefruit and storing the pieces in the freezer is the thing that will help you. 

Cut grapefruits would generally last around 4 to 6 months in the freezer. 

Similarly, if you want your squeezed grapefruit to last longer, store it in the freezer, which would last for 2 to 3 months. 

Just remember that as time goes, the freshness of the grapefruit juice will deteriorate. 

Grapefruit Mocktail
Freshly made grapefruit Mocktail

How to Store Grapefruit 

Storing a grapefruit or any fruit item plays a very important role in preserving the fruit. Grapefruit is pretty simple and easy to store. 

You just need to know some key points, and you will be all good to go. 

Firstly, if your grapefruit is not ripe yet, you should leave them out at room temperature, in a fruit bowl, or in your pantry. You should always avoid keeping them in harsh sunlight. 

Store them in a dark, cool area till they are ripe. 

Once ripe, you should store grapefruit in the fridge. Store them for at least 1 to 2 days before they get fully ripe. This way, they can slowly get ripe in the fridge and won’t get overripe.

You can store the whole grapefruit in a plastic bag in the crisper area of your fridge. If you have cut your grapefruit, store them in a good zip-lock bag or an air-tight container.

You can use the same method to store grapefruit in the freezer. When required, you can thaw the grapefruit in the fridge for 3 to 4 hours and eat them. 

The squeezed grapefruit, aka grapefruit juice, should be stored in a mason jar or an air-tight bottle. You can pour your grapefruit juice into an ice tray and store the juice in the freezer in the form of cubes. 

You can use these cubes whenever and however you want. 

How to Know if Grapefruit is Bad? 

Grapefruit is a fruit, which means it’s a perishable fruit. It would go bad eventually.

Here are some cues to recognize that your grapefruit has gone bad. 

If your grapefruit has a slimy texture, you should probably not consume them. 

If your grapefruit don’t smell the same, then you should do a taste check. If your grapefruit doesn’t taste the same, it’s a sign that they have gone bad. 

If your grapefruit have mold or fungi growing on them, then you know it better to throw it away. 

Conclusion

I hope I have answered all your queries regarding how long the grapefruit will last and also made you aware of how to store grapefruit. 

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