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How to Cut a Pineapple

I tested and researched various methods to cut a pineapple. I came to the conclusion that this is the easiest way.

Learn how to get to the good stuff in the pineapple.

Learn how to get to the good stuff in the pineapple.

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

No special gadgets needed, only a pineapple, large sharp knife, and a cutting board.

No special gadgets needed, 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.

The goal is to get all of the good edible stuff between the outside "skin" and the inner fibrous core.

Step 1: Cut off the top.

Step 1: Cut off the top.

Step 2: Set the pineapple upside-down in the fridge.

Step 2: Set the pineapple upside-down in the fridge.

Step 3: Wait 20 minutes before getting the pineapple out of the fridge. This lets the sugars spread evenly throughout the pineapple.

Step 3: Wait 20 minutes before getting the pineapple out of the fridge. This lets the sugars spread evenly throughout the pineapple.

Step 4: Cut off the bottom of the pineapple, leaving a cylinder shape that can easily stand on end.

Step 4: Cut off the bottom of the pineapple, leaving a cylinder shape that can easily stand on end.

Step 5: De-skin the pineapple by slicing thinly under the skin to the light yellow yummy part.

Step 5: De-skin the pineapple by slicing thinly under the skin to the light yellow yummy part.

Step 6: De-skin the pineapple all the way around, until it is a soft, slimy, yellow cylinder.

Step 6: De-skin the pineapple all the way around, until it is a soft, slimy, yellow cylinder.

Step 7: Cut the pineapple into quarters, the long way. Then slice the inner fibrous part off.

Step 7: Cut the pineapple into quarters, the long way. Then slice the inner fibrous part off.

Step 8: Cut the long quarters in half long ways, and then cut short ways for delicious bite-size pieces.

Step 8: Cut the long quarters in half long ways, and then cut short ways for delicious bite-size pieces.

Instructions

  1. Cut off the top.
  2. Set the pineapple upside-down in the fridge.
  3. Wait 20 minutes before getting the pineapple out of the fridge. This lets the sugars spread evenly throughout the pineapple.
  4. Cut off the bottom of the pineapple, leaving a cylinder shape that can easily stand on end.
  5. De-skin the pineapple by slicing thinly under the skin to the light yellow yummy part.
  6. De-skin the pineapple all the way around, until it is a soft, slimy, yellow cylinder.
  7. Cut the pineapple into quarters, the long way. Then slice the inner fibrous part off.
  8. 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.

Comments

Lena Durante from San Francisco Bay Area on May 15, 2017:

Having a sharp knife makes all the difference. Whenever I cook in a friend's kitchen, I'm reminded that most home cooks don't pay much attention to their blades. Some have never sharpened their knives at all! I try to gently point out to them that cooking is a whole lot more enjoyable when you're not struggling to chop a tough ingredient.

Sinea Pies from Northeastern United States on May 31, 2012:

Except for letting the pineapple sit upside down for 20 minutes, I am pleased to say that I have been cutting them correctly! :)

Bldg an Architect on April 07, 2012:

This is great! I always waste so much pineapple when I cut one. Now I know how to do it :)

Sarah Fleming from Santa Barbara on December 17, 2011:

Really nice hub. Great tips :)

gary calton on March 27, 2010:

I always found the most troublesome part of cutting a pineapple was removing the center core. I did the knife thing but being a little crazy in the kitchen I finally settled on using a hole cutting tool that you attach to your drill. Just the little round cutter with the teeth on of the appropriate size. Press it down through the slice and a quick twist on the cutting board and it is done.