I tested and researched various methods to cut a pineapple. I came to the conclusion that this is the easiest way.
What Is the Best Way to Cut a Pineapple?
I tested and researched various cutting methods and came to the conclusion that the easiest way to cut a pineapple is to cut off the top, then cut off the bottom, and then remove the skin. There are other methods that involve taking the skin off last, but these methods I find more wasteful and tedious.
When the skin is taken off at the beginning, you are able to save more of the good fruit parts of the pineapple by making a thinner cut below the skin. Also, removing skin from smaller pieces increases your likelihood of running the knife into your hand and ending up with an injury.
Below are several pictures in step-by-step format showing you the best way to cut a pineapple, then you'll find some videos with other methods. It's up to you to try these methods are your own discretion and choose the best for yourself.
You won't need any special gadgets—only a pineapple, large sharp knife, and a cutting board. The goal is to get all of the good edible stuff between the outside "skin" and the inner fibrous core. Are you ready? Let's learn how to cut a pineapple.
Photo Guide: How to Cut a Pineapple
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- Cut off the top.
- Set the pineapple upside-down in the fridge.
- Wait 20 minutes before getting the pineapple out of the fridge. This lets the sugars spread evenly throughout the pineapple.
- Cut off the bottom of the pineapple, leaving a cylinder shape that can easily stand on end.
- De-skin the pineapple by slicing thinly under the skin to the light yellow yummy part.
- De-skin the pineapple all the way around, until it is a soft, slimy, yellow cylinder.
- Cut the pineapple into quarters, the long way. Then slice the inner fibrous part off.
- Cut the long quarters in half longways, and then cut short ways for delicious bite-size pieces.
The Best Video I Could Find
Least Wasteful Way
An Example of a Slow but Cool Method
Questions & Answers
Question: How do you know when the pineapple is ready to be cut?
Answer: One way to know when the pineapple is ripe and ready to be cut is by pulling on the leaves. If the innermost leaves easily come out, the pineapple is ready to be cut.
Another thing to look for is the color. Pineapples that have mostly yellow some green and some brown are ready to be cut. The unripened pineapples will be mostly green with a little yellow. The over ripened pineapple will be mostly brown with some yellow and almost no green.