How to: Cut a Pineapple

I am sure that you remember the box of 7 pineapples that we got from the Bountiful Basket on October the 6th. They were a little under-ripe so we let them ripen up, and then diced them up and froze them in Zip-lock bags, to throw in smoothies and other fun concoctions later. I thought that it would be a good idea to share with you the basics of choosing and cutting a pineapple.

How to Choose a Pineapple:

To choose a Pineapple, you want to choose one that has a sweet pineapple scent when you smell near the bottom, you also can pull one of the center leaves very gently, and if it comes out with no resistance then it is ripe and ready for eating.

How to Cut a Pineapple:

You will need a sharp knife, a cutting board, a bowl to throw away the outside skins, and a pineapple! (Oh, and don’t mind the recipe behind the cutting board I was making dinner, and I didn’t realize that it was there until the end. Oops!)

Step One:

Cut off the top and the bottom, and discard in garbage bowl.

Step Two:

Cut down the sides of the pineapple curving with the pineapple, cutting just enough so that there is no skin and very little “holes” in the pineapple.

Step Three:

Continue cutting down the sides of the pineapple, until all the skins are removed.

Step Four:

I then wiped the cutting board clean, this might be the OCD in me, but I don’t want to save the little bits of the skin, that come off when you cut a pineapple.

Step Five:

Cut around the hard core of the pineapple. (Unless you have a vitamix, or another durable blender, the core has lots of nutrients and it’s a shame to waste them if you can just power through them with a great blender in smoothies. I would not recommend serving the core raw, as it is too hard.)

Step Six:

Continue cutting around the core, until all the pineapple is removed.

Step Seven:

Then dice the pineapple and serve! Or place them in smoothies! Or put them in a zip-lock bag or container labeled with the date and freeze up to 90-days!

In fact, we are making a smoothie tonight with some of the pineapple that we were able to preserve from this BB! We hope that you enjoy this as much as we do!

From our Family to Yours…