GRAPEFRUIT PEEL STEAK Bistec de Toronja | HARD TIMES - recipes from times of food scarcity

Published on May 11, 2018
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Invented in Cuba in the 1990s bistec de toronja, looks like a breaded cutlet but is made of the white spongey pith of the grapefruit. Here's how to prepare and the deets on how it tastes.
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  • How can you form an army to overthrow your corrupt government if all you eat is grapefruit pith steaks for nourishment? Some one send food to Cuba please.

  • Maybe if you cooked it with a little bit of sugar it would help with the bitterness??

  • You are a wonderful person, very nice

  • I wonder if you could marinate the pith in something to counter the bitterness.

  • So, bitter, but better than a canned cheeseburger

  • I love my people 🇨🇺 and I love this dish especially when my abuela makes it 💓💓

  • Maybe try marinading it overnight? Maybe that would pull the bitterness out and give it some flavor?

  • You can tell she gets sick of it when she cuts it up real small before trying the ketchup 😂

  • I am just wondering if a maranade would resolve the bitterness. Also if you can figure out how to do it without eggs, you may have a vegan hit.

  • I've seen this video and the fried watermelon and you almost cried when you tried these two. Maybe a bit more processing would make them tastier. Good ideas though.

  • That is a really interesting dish. I'm kind of curious enough to try making it myself one day. And lol it's funny you mention you got in trouble for talking a lot but I got told on for not talking enough. Being 'too quiet' (whatever that means) usually. I didn't get in trouble or anything because I made good grades, and there wasn't anything else teachers could complain about me with.

  • I wonder if you add chicken seasons to it, it would help

  • I like the vegetarians goods you make.. thank you

  • Just needs a yummy sauce on it to cut that bitter

  • I wonder if you did a salt and sugar brine if that would take some of the edge off. It might also be a good opportunity to get some flavor into the pith. I may have to try this...

  • I think I am the only person in the history of time that does not care for grapefruit.

  • Some salting and soaking are in order to remove some of the bitterness.

  • I almost died laughing when the Winston shirt shows up on screen. That was TOO funny! I wish I could afford one!

  • I'm gonna try making this, but marinating it for a day first!

  • The look of it was convincingly chicken breast fillet looking. There has to be more to the preparation of the pith. One website suggests soaking them in vinegar before cooking. A PBS article (an interesting read in its own right 'Communism turned Cuba into an island of hackers and DIY engineers') states, "Among them was a recipe to turn grapefruit rind into a 'steak' *by marinating it with lemon juice, onion and garlic* and [then] frying it up on a pan." I'd love to see a #Take2 of this recipe. Thanks for sharing with us, #EmmyMadeInJapan.

  • You should make a t shirt that says “,That flavor tho!”

  • Try mixing the ketchup with the sriracha.

  • Y do u know Spanish!......ur awesome just saying I'm mexican

  • I noticed that you left a little bit of zest on the pith. I bet if you peeled it more and took an extra layer off you would reduce that astringent taste.

  • I would quick marinade it (fake steak DEMANDS Worcestershire!) and make a delicious gravy to pour over the top. Blanch it, quick marinade and make southern gravy! A nice porky gravy. If we're playing along like we don't have access to real meat to make gravy you can make it with Jamon cubes. Mmmmmm 😚

  • Wharves you marinate the pith?

  • I love that you talk too much. Never change :)

  • This is the first time I've experienced this, but when you were describing the flavor, I got an overwhelming bitter taste in my mouth! That was so weird!

  • Everytime she said it looks like meat I said to myself 'that will not taste like meat'

  • Food shortages in cuba are caused by the blockade from the u.s.

  • What is this witchcraft

  • I would have boiled it to get rid of the bitterness, then marinated it with something umami, like soy sauce, or worcestershire sauce, or even fish sauce if you have some. That'd give it more of a meaty, umami flavor from the glutamic acid in the marinade. It'd also help get rid of the bitterness. That's how you make usable meal or flour out of acorns, after all, you grind them, then soak them in lots of water, and if possible let them sit in running water to get rid of the tannins in it. You could probably do the same thing here to make it more palatable. Heck, marinade it in soy sauce, a bit of sriracha, and if you can tolerate it well, a little MSG, and it'd taste a lot meatier.

  • Maybe a marinade would take away the bitterness?

  • I wonder if the pith could be marinated to give it more flavor and help neutralize the bitterness.

  • That was really cool! I am going to try this too. I love grapefruits too!

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  • That was sweet baby Ray barbecue sauce

  • I can’t stop watching you too cute

  • Soak it in brine overnight drain rinse boile in salted water. At least that's what I do to remove bitterness

  • If you didn’t talk to yourself you’d not get good advice & that’s something i do when thinking of recipes or testing recipes etc.

  • This might be interesting to revisit with a marinade. Pith would soak it up like a sponge

  • Make mud cookies lol

  • Seems a lot better than vegetarian fake meat, I might give this a try sometime. I think I'll boil the pith first though, to get rid of the bitterness.

  • Perhaps the bitterness could be an acquired taste? It still seems intriguing enough to try!

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  • Doesn't the pith contain the toxic substance, citronella? At the very least, it is terribly bitter.

  • so cool, you can also candy the skin by blanching twice combining with sugar and baking. so easy and totally amazing.

    • oh maybe if you try blanching the piths before frying maybe... not sure but I know that for candying you get the bitterness out by blanching them.

  • What about A1 or ranch??

  • Try this again but try soaking it in like a ramen chicken or beef bouillon packet before breading them...

  • Anyone else notice how she added part of a Tokio hotel song in there

  • Maybe to help remedy bitterness you can beat peels a bit with a metal mallet and then let it soak/marinate in veggie broth and a bit of soy sauce w/added seasoning.

  • I would have marinated for a while

  • I may just have to make this receipe too! What an amazing idea? Steak from the white pitch of the peeling?! Folks are amazing during times of trouble! Thanks for making it, Friend. Blessings to you and your family! 🍖🍛🙏♥️🍴

  • I have a cut on my finger and for some reason I can feel the stinging when she grabs the fruit and pulls it out :p

  • That's wild! Can't wait to see what's next with the series, awesome idea to try those. Thanks for the videos, cheers!

  • Wow, it's very bitter. (keeps eating it)

  • All the nutrients including the vitamin C are in the pith of citrus fruits; the juice is basically sugar water. The pith is also high in oxalates for people who need to be careful about kidney stones. If you could find a way to reduce the bitterness, I don't see why you couldn't do the same with lemons and oranges. And if you know how to recognize them, there are lemons, oranges and grapefruit that have extra thick skins which are much less bitter than the thinner skin variety. I used to blend the pith of thick pith oranges to make orange juice, and it comes out like a thick orange shake.

  • Wow going through US-tv and I come across your video. I'm vegan I'll try it.

  • I wonder if there is any nutritional value in the pith itself.

  • If think you made a good point of sweating the pith like eggplant. You might try strips, frying and covered with mozzarella and pasta sauce. I'd be the acidity from both would cancel each other out

  • Schnitzel is so good. Ok continue

  • When I was a child, 45 - 50 years ago, my Grandmother would make a dish called "begger man's stew". It was warmed milk with vanilla & sugar with a piece of white bread, pulled into pieces, added. That's it.

  • I wonder what grapefruit steak parm would taste like...

  • What if you brine it first, that's how schnitzel is prepared.

  • wondering if this could be done with orange peel? maybe it might taste less bitter?

  • I WAS EATING GRAPEFRUIT WHILE WATCHING THIS LOL. I am totally trying this. If you leave out the egg it’s totally vegan too. 😃👍🏼

  • I wonder if marinating the pith would take away some of the bitterness?

  • maybe you could marinate them in soy, or sweet soy, or bacon grease or something to flavor them.

  • I love how you labeled the drill when you went to get condiments lol

  • not vegan..

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  • actually what I personally like about you the most is exactly that you talk alot. but you never talk crap. you focus on what you do and give your project life, with all your cheerfulness :) please ever stay this unique you, emmy. being just a copy of others would make this world a sad and boring place. it's good that you stayed you instead of changing into how others want you to be. you're no copy, you're unique

  • what a cool idea! I really love your ideas. Just did look really good, I was wondering what the taste would be like, even though it's bitter I still want to try it!

  • I wonder if she finished all of it 🤔

  • Maybe if you marinated it in veggie or beef stock first to pull out some of that bitter

  • Maybe if you marinated it in salt pepper and oil?

  • Marinate it

  • Reminds me of fried green tomatoes

  • You’re perfect

  • I would do this but I hate grapefruit

  • Why cant you eat the outer skin

  • Who the hell would eat that?

    • It's during the time when food is so scarce, the Great Depression. People have to succumb to making food from what is only available to survive.

  • “Don’t you just love being squirted in the face?” Lol

  • I wonder if you marinated the peels first, if that would cut the bitterness.

  • Bitterness could be easily improved by lightly cooking the pith shells in water and changing the water several times. That will remove much of the bitterness. This is the technique used to make grapefruit peel candy, preparing the peel before you candy it. Why not apply the same idea to this recipe.

  • If you ever make this again I would recommend soaking it in milk for a few hours to remove bitterness. They used to do it with eggplant as well. Maybe this would work? Also season the bread crumbs and instead of deep frying, pan fry in butter and olive oil.

  • Girllll that's cause u need to add some adobo! Chicken flavor season and some onion and garlic powder

  • "Don't you just love being squirted in the face?" ::looks away, trying not to laugh::

  • I wonder what it would be like in a marinade style batter instead of prepared like this. (like buttermilk fried chicken)

  • I might have to try this one out using pomelo pith (it's a giant pear-shaped thing that tastes like a mix of grapefruit without the horrible bitterness I always taste from them, and big florida oranges). Pomelo has a RIDICULOUSLY big and foam-like layer, so I should be able to get it done. Thank you for the recipe!

  • 8:50 A random "Drill" word pop out. Why? Am I missing something?

  • Marinate it next time, might be better!

  • Great ideas for vegetarians

  • I got the same remarks on my report card lolll

  • You look so lovely i will suck your armpits

  • Make human steaks, like the many times of famine for Russians and Chinese, whom usually devolved to cannibalism. Here's a couple of recipes:

  • your great i love you thank you

  • Ketchup goes with everything


  • Can you do this with orange peal?

  • I assume you probably can remove the bitterness by salting them over night over a stainer and a bowl. There will be an excess liquid coming out and try to message them just like how you would do it with bitter melon. I assume tho