Fresh pineapple is a fruit favorite, but many folks are puzzled about how to prepare this tropical treat. Sure, grocery stores offer pre-cut pineapple, but shoppers pay dearly for this convenience. What’s more, fresh pineapple doesn’t last nearly as long, if it is purchased this way.
Canned and jarred pineapple is readily available, but it often comes in sugary syrup. Even the low-sugar varieties simply do not compare to the fresh produce option.
Cutting up a pineapple is really not all that tricky, once you know how. Follow these simple steps to open and prepare fresh pineapple for a delicious fruit salad, mealtime delight, or pineapple recipe.
5 steps for cutting up a fresh pineapple
As with any fresh produce, the pineapple should be washed and patted dry with clean paper toweling before this process begins.
1. Place the fresh pineapple on a solid cutting board. Use a sturdy serrated knife to cut off the top and bottom of the pineapple, leaving the pineapple flat on both ends. Discard the removed portions.
2. Stand the pineapple on one of these flat ends. Use the same strong knife to remove the pineapple’s outer skin in strips, cutting from top to bottom.
3. Use a paring knife to extract any remaining pieces of skin from the pineapple.
4. Place the pineapple on its side on the cutting board. Slice the fruit into long wedges, and trim the crusty core portions from each wedge.
5. Divide each wedge into chunks, if desired, before serving.
Keep cut-up pineapple in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator, where it will keep for three to five days.