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Selecting, Preparing, and Canning: Grapefruit and Orange Sections 1

United States Department of Agriculture, Extension Service2

Quantity: An average of 15 pounds is needed per canner load of 7 quarts; an average of 13 pounds is needed per canner load of 9 pints -- an average of about 2 pounds yields 1 quart.

Quality: Select firm, mature, sweet fruit of ideal quality for eating fresh. The flavor of orange sections is best if the sections are canned with equal parts of grapefruit. Grapefruit may be canned without oranges. Sections may be packed in your choice of water, citrus juice or syrup.

Procedure: Wash and peel fruit and remove white tissue to prevent a bitter taste. If you use syrup, prepare a very light, light, or medium syrup and bring to boil. Fill jars with sections and water, juice or hot syrup, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Adjust lids and process.

Processing directions for canning grapefruit and orange sections in a boiling-water, a dial, or a weighted-gauge canner are given in Table 1, Table 2, and Table 3.

Tables

Table 1. 

Recommended process time for Grapefruit and Orange Sections in a boiling-water canner.

 

Process Time at Altitudes of

Style of Pack

Jar Size

0 - 1,000 ft

1,001 - 6,000 ft

Above 6,000 ft

Raw

Pints or Quarts

10 min

15

20

*After the process is complete, turn off the heat and remove the canner lid. Wait five minutes before removing jars.

Table 2. 

Process Times for Grapefruit and Orange Sections in a Dial-Gauge Pressure Canner.

 

Canner Pressure (PSI) at Altitudes of

Style of Pack

Jar Size

Process Time (Min)

0 - 2,000 ft

2,001 - 4,000 ft

4,001 - 6,000 ft

6,001 - 8,000 ft

Hot

Pints or Quarts

8

6

7

8

9

Raw

Pints

8

6

7

8

9

Quarts

10

6

7

8

9

*After the canner is completely depressurized, remove the weight from the vent port or open the petcock. Wait 10 minutes; then unfasten the lid and remove it carefully. Lift the lid with the underside away from you so that the steam coming out of the canner does not burn your face.

Table 3. 

Process Times for Grapefruit and Orange Sections in a Weighted-Gauge Pressure

 

Canner Pressure (PSI) at Altitudes of

Style of Pack

Jar Size

Process Time (Min)

0 - 1,000 ft

Above 1,000 ft

Hot

Pints or Quarts

8

5

10

Raw

Pints

8

5

10

Quarts

10

5

10

*After the canner is completely depressurized, remove the weight from the vent port or open the petcock. Wait 10 minutes; then unfasten the lid and remove it carefully. Lift the lid with the underside away from you so that the steam coming out of the canner does not burn your face.

Footnotes

1.

This document is FCS 8284, a series of the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, UF/IFAS Extension. Publication date: May 2003. Reviewed: March 2014. This document was extracted from the Complete Guide to Home Canning, Agriculture Information Bulletin No. 539, USDA. It was originally published on CD-ROM as part of HE 8148, Guide 2: Selecting, Preparing, and Canning Fruit and Fruit Products. Please visit the EDIS website at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu

2.

Reviewed for use in Florida by Amy Simonne, assistant professor, Food Safety and Quality, Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, UF/IFAS Extension Gainesville FL 32611.


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