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

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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 to 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

Picking a Pineapple

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 generally 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 the Top and Bottom

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

Step 3: Slice Off the 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?

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© 2012 Brandi

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