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How to Quickly, Efficiently, and Easily Cut Up a Pineapple

Updated on September 5, 2017
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Brandi has been publishing her words online since 2002, receiving much inspiration from her kids and a desire to live a rich, healthy life.

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Curious about how to cut up a pineapple? Learn here!

Have you ever looked at a beautiful fresh pineapple at the supermarket and passed it by because it looked like too much work? If you want to learn how to cut up a pineapple, you don't have look any further than this page. I will show you step-by-step instructions for quickly and easily making your own pineapple chunks to use in fruit salad... or any other recipe that calls for them!

You no longer have to be intimidated by whole fresh pineapples! Don't settle for canned chunks in syrup. Enjoy healthy, sweet pineapple any time in 8 easy steps and less than 5 minutes.

Picking a Pineapple
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How To Pick the Perfect Pineapple

First things first

Picking the perfect pineapple is as simple as using your nose!

  • Smell: A ripe pineapple will have a pleasant, sweet, tropical smell. If you can't smell anything, it's not ripe yet.

Other clues of ripeness include the color, the feel and the look of the fruit.

  • Color: If the pineapple is bright green, it needs some time to ripen. The pineapple in this photo tutorial is actually not as ripe as it should be. A pineapple that has lost most of its green color, causing it to have a yellow-brown color, is going to be very sweet and delicious.
  • Feel: You don't want a rock-hard pineapple. Nor do you want a mushy one. When you press on one of the outer bumps of the fruit, it should give just a little.
  • Look: There comes a point where the pineapple is overly ripe. If it looks dry, wrinkled or has a general unhealthy look to it, keep searching!

If you don't plan on using a pineapple for a couple of days, but one that has not ripened so it can reach its peak on your kitchen counter. They really are pretty to look at! But if it gets overly ripe, it will draw fruit flies like crazy, so make sure your timing is right!

  • Bonus Buying Tip: Where I live, pineapples are sold by the unit instead of by the pound. I assume it is the same everywhere, but I might be wrong. If your store or farmer's market sells them by the unit, make sure you buy the biggest one! I can usually find them for $2.99 ea. in my local store.

Now, check out the step-by-step tutorial with helpful photos below and you'll be enjoying fresh pineapple in no time!

Fast and Easy!

This might look like a lot of steps...but it only takes a couple of minutes once you learn!

Step 1: Wash the pineapple

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Although pineapples are usually free of pesticides and other chemical toxins, I still wash the outside thoroughly before slicing through it. They are handled many times in the process of getting them to the supermarket and by other shoppers before you bring it home. A quick scrub will ensure that no nasties make their way into your cut up pieces of fruit.

Step 2: Slice off top and bottom

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Slice off the top and bottom of the pineapple, creating flat ends.

Step 3: Slice off sides

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Slice the tough skin off of the sides of the pineapple. Cut close enough that you don't waste much of the fruit, but be sure to cut out any of the tough pitted areas that are left behind.

Step 4: Slice in half

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Stand the pineapple up on one of the flat ends and slice it in half from top to bottom.

Step 5: Slice each half in half

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Slice each of these halves in half again. You will now have 4 tall pieces of pineapple.

Step 6: Cut out the core

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Someone once told me that the center core of a pineapple cannot be digested by our bodies. I'm not sure if this is entirely true, but I do know that it is tough and not very fun to get a bite of. (Update: A reader stated in the comments section that she loves to eat the core and it is definitely digestible! I still cut out the core...but if you want to eat it, you can!) So, the next step is to simply take your knife and slice off the inside corner of each of your 4 pineapple quarters. You can see the core clearly distinguished from the edible part of the pineapple.

Step 7: Slice each quarter into thirds

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After removing the tough core, lay each of the pineapple quarters on its side and slice into 3 (or 4 if you want smaller chunks) long, skinny spears.

Step 8: Cut into chunks

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Use perpindicular slices to cut the skinnier pineapple spears into bite-sized chunks.

The Result: A beautiful bowl of pineapple chunks!

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Voila! That's all it takes to get a bowl full of gorgeous, sweet, fresh pineapple chunks. This entire process takes less than 5 minutes!

Now, what will you do with all of that delicious pineapple?

Save the Top - Grow a New Pineapple!

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Make a Tropical Fruit Salad!

Use your pineapple chunks to make this beautiful tropical fruit salad!

I love to slice up kiwi fruit, strawberries and mangoes and then throw in some lovely fresh blueberries!

This makes a gorgeous salad full of color and flavor. We eat this for breakfast with eggs or for dessert after our dinner.

Isn't it lovely?

More Ways to Cut and Serve Pineapple

Did you learn how to cut up a pineapple? - Any other tips you can leave for readers?

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      Lela Duvall 3 months ago

      Sorry have to disagree with you. I am a chef and this IS NOT the best way to cut a pineapple. Cut the top and bottom as you show but then the rest is incorrect. Just cut the pineapple into 1/8 and the lay each on its side and with a sharp pairing knife follow the outside edge just pass the point where the "eyes" of the pineapple are at. Then stand up the wedge and cut top to bottom the hard heart out.

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      goldenrulecomics 4 years ago

      nicely done. thanks for sharing.

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      Kay 4 years ago

      This page made me so incredibly hungry. I cut up my pineapples a bit differently. Might give this way a try to see which way I like better. Thanks!

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      LeslieMirror 4 years ago

      Wow! Now, I won't waste so much of so tasty substance! =)

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      WhiteIsland 4 years ago

      Pineapple is probably my favorite fresh fruit (although I love many of them), and it's so simple to cut it. I just bought one, so I came looking for this lens! (I noticed it the other day, but I didn't get a chance to read it. :) I also cut my watermelon like this (chop the ends, then stand it up, so I can cut off the rind around the sides). It works great, and then we have watermelon to snack on any time, instead of having to cut a piece each time you want it.

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      WeiTang 4 years ago

      This is a easy way and spend less time. I know a kind of knife to cut up a pineapple easily and do not wast so much fruite.Else you can try to put the piece of pineapple into water and add a little salt. I ever did it and found it was sweetness.

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      YMTStyleWorld 4 years ago

      I totally would have less waste if I cut one up like you. I think I've been doing it wrong all along.botlu

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      I have cut them up many times but dislike trying to get all the brown areas out. It takes time but it is much better than canned. I would think one could run the core through a juicer and even those outer edges with the brown pieces in (not the outside part). You would probably get a bit of juice out so may be you wouldn't feel like you would be wasting so much of the fruit and then you could cut a little more away instead of trying to remove the brown parts. Will have to try that sometime to see how much juice I can actually retrieve.

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      likeuneed2know 4 years ago

      Great work! We are having a Hawaiian 4th party and this is gonna come in handy!

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      wiseriverman 4 years ago

      The photos are great and very helpful.

      Thanks!

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      HuyMarketer 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I love fresh pineapple - in fact, we have a little bit left in the fridge from the most recent one. It's definitely worth the effort to buy fresh and cut it up yourself. Great tutorial!

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      Love pineapple and have one waiting on my counter to be cut. Good instructions and photos.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I sure did and you made it easy as 1,2,3 and you did it deliciously. I would usually get it pre cut but cutting it just before using would be a better taste sensation for sure...congratulations on home page honors! :)

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      Torrs13 4 years ago

      Great tips! Thank you for helping make this process so much easier for me!

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      LUMOSE 4 years ago

      I have to buy those tools to my husband. We like pineapple very much and is very healthy. Great lens.

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      anyavnclv lm 4 years ago

      Nice tips. Thank you for sharing.

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      Faye Rutledge 4 years ago from Concord VA

      Thanks for the tips. Now I won't be afraid to buy that whole pineapple! :)

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      SomniMax 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing these useful tips.

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      kabbalah lm 4 years ago

      Now I know the right way. Thanks

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      Awesome!

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      Susan R. Davis 4 years ago from Vancouver

      Thanks for the lesson! I love fresh pineapple but never quite knew how to approach it.

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      There's no question about it, fresh pineapple tastes better than canned. Your instructions where marvelous. Thanks

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      justmelucy 4 years ago

      Easy Instructions, good photos and video = Great Lens. I learned an additional hint about choosing a ripe pineapple when I worked at Albertsons. Find the center leaf and pull. It should come out easily. Also remember to plant the pineapple top in loose root grow soil mix and it will grow a small pineapple. Kids love this.

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      Rosetta Slone 5 years ago from Under a coconut tree

      I love eating the core, it's my favourite part! Definitely not indigestible, although if the fruit isn't ripe enough it's tough. Love your pictures.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Loved your instructions for cutting up a pineapple. My husband always cuts ours in wedges because that's the way we like to eat it. In fact, we have one ready to cut right now. Enjoyed this visit.

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      Sunflower2423 5 years ago

      Thanks for this tutorial. I love fresh pineapple and my kids do too. I will try these steps in cutting up the pineapple.

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      nicks44 5 years ago

      Yet another step by step tutorial! Very helpful, thanks a lot for sharing! From here on it should be easier to "cut the chase" ... so to speak, when it comes to pineapples! Cheers!

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      anne mohanraj 5 years ago

      Nice lens!

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      charlb 5 years ago

      I once read somewhere online that if you buy a pineapple which is not ripe enough, leave it on the kitchen counter upside down. This will ripen the fruit and maintain its sweetness. I tried it once, it worked!

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      Childbirth_Educator 5 years ago

      Just looking at that fresh pineapple makes my mouth water. Thank you for the tutorial.

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      OliviaQ 5 years ago

      nice tips. I will do the by this learn :)

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      ohcaroline 5 years ago

      Great tutorial. Don't forget to plant the top of the pineapple in your garden...grow your own next one.

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      nomadic 5 years ago

      I became an expert pineapple cutter upper as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand. Your methods looks good but differs quite a bit from mine. I also eat the core - nothing wrong with the core people! - that's 15 - 20% of your pineapple :)

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      thememorybooksh1 5 years ago

      Hey, Nice tips hmm, i really love pineapple very much...uhmmm

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks.

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      kgdunst 5 years ago

      hey thank you very much for sharing!! Now I can do fresh pineapple served in a bowl instead of canned. Cool!

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      Psycho Free Zone 5 years ago from USA

      That's pretty much how I cut them up, only with a few less steps. Great lens.

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      donmanual 5 years ago

      Thanks for tips! I love pineapple, but I've never tried this way of cutting. :)

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      victoriuh 5 years ago

      Great photos and step by step. Blessed!

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      Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      I cut the way you do at first, but cut rings and then core them- your way looks much easier, thanks!

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      Kim 5 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      My uncle explained to me how to cut one the last time i was there as they had a whole one But he cheats he has one of your Corer gadgets.

      Great Lens I've added it to the food section of my Favorite Lenses Lens

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      kimark421 5 years ago

      I have always wanted to buy a whole pineapple, but was intimidated by the cutting up process. No more, thanks to you! Great lens!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Definitely a deceptively difficult task - thanks kindly for sharing this guide! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Moe Wood 5 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I must be the only one who eats the core. My husband always cuts it out.

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      Mandy Stradley 5 years ago

      Thanks I love pineapple!! I will follow these tips!

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      pheonix76 5 years ago from WNY

      I LOVE pineapple -- great pictures and instructions. :)

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      bwet 5 years ago

      great methodical steps. It is exactly the way i cut up a pineapple. Love the picture by picture descriptions too.

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      Ardyn25 5 years ago

      Thanks....we eat a lot of pineapple. My son is moving from home this year, I'm going to bookmark this for him so he knows how to do it!

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      octopen 5 years ago

      Helpful tip, to test if a pineapple is perfectly ripe, pull the center stalks on its crown. If they offer little resistance and come away quite easily, they are ripe, they are still hard to pull out the pineapple is not yet ripe, if they fall away in your hand, the pineapple is over-ripe and might be soggy inside

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      jasminesphotogr 5 years ago

      I've just recently started buying whole pineapple. I just bought my second one today. I used to buy the precut (not in the can, but the precut pineapples stores put together for you) but decided to try cutting my own one day. I have to say, it tastes a whole lot better. I bought one today at the store to make for my shish kabobs for dinner tomm, but I don't think I got a very ripe one. Thanks for teaching me how to pick one out next time! :)

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      sanchanps 5 years ago

      It's a very good idea, thank you for sharing:)

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      I hate to cut pineapple since it has so many tough pitted area. I saw a pineapple slicer in Amazon, it is a fantastic tool that pineapple lover must have,

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      JackJacobs LM 5 years ago

      Very helpful!

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      Mickie Goad 5 years ago

      This is such a great money-saving technique. I do not like the core of a pineapple because it is stringy. It is like what I think eating bamboo would be.

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      nightbear lm 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens and no! It has nothing to do with you doing it exactly the way I cut up a pineapple. LOL! I love the photos and one more tip. A pineapple will not ripen further once picked, it will rot, but whatever flavor your unripe pineapple has when you bring it home is what you are stuck with. So use your nose and choose wisely.

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      @poutine: poutine, Per CountrySunshine's suggestion, I added a section at the top earlier today about picking the perfect pineapple. :)

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      poutine 5 years ago

      Great way, but like countrysunshine said: How do you know it's ripe?

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      @SheGetsCreative: That's a very cute idea! :)

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      @Terrie_Schultz: I used to think so too, but it is really so easy! I hope you get a chance to try it! :)

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      @Country-Sunshine: Thanks for the suggestion...I'll add a section at the top about picking the perfect pineapple. Thanks for stopping by! :)

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      Country Sunshine 5 years ago from Texas

      You certainly make it look easy! Now, if you'd also include info on how to tell if the pineapple is ripe before you buy it, I'd know how to do it all! Good info... I love pineapple, but never knew how to cut my own.

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      Terrie_Schultz 5 years ago

      Thanks for the lesson in cutting up a pineapple. I love fresh pineapple but it is sort of intimidating to try cutting it up.

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Yep - your pics really help. You can also use a metal pastry cutter to core the middle (if you want to make flower shaped pineapple slices)