QuickTip Tuesday: Cutting Up Fresh Pineapple

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I got such a great response after my post about choosing avocados, that I thought you might like something about fresh pineapples. I remember the first time I peeled and cut a pineapple. It was kind of intimidating, but I had watched someone do it before I made an attempt.
Here’s some simple instructions for cutting up a pineapple.
*Forgive my horrible photography. My husband is a photographer, but he was asleep when I did this.

By the way, did you know the pineapple is the international symbol of hospitality? Hundreds of years ago, sailors would place pineapples on their porch railings to signify that they were at home, and welcoming visitors.

First, you want a sharp, large knife. I know some people are scared of larger knife blades, but using a knife that is too small can be more dangerous than using a large knife on a large food product-like a pineapple.

Slice off the top and bottom of the pineapple.

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Next, set the pineapple up on one of the cut ends, and move your blade from top to bottom, removing the rough outer skin. Repeat all the way around the pineapple.

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You’ll most likely leave little brown pock marks of skin, but that’s okay. Making it perfect will also make a lot of wasted pineapple goodness.

Once you’ve taken the skin off all the way around, you’ll want to cut the fruit away from the core. You can very plainly see a circle in the middle of the pineapple. That’s the core. Just cut the fruit away from it and then cut up your golden treasure any way you want. I usually make mine into little irregular cubes.

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You’re done. Enjoy your harvest. You can eat it raw- delish! Or you can grill the pineapple with shrimp, chicken or smoked sausage- Yumm! Or you could saute it with honey and put it over vanilla ice cream… Or you could parcel it into tinfoil packs with smoked sausage and cook that in the grill or oven. The possibilities are nearly endless and all delicious!

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