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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?

More Ways to Cut and Serve Pineapple

© 2012 Brandi

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

Lela Duvall on May 28, 2017:

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.

goldenrulecomics from New Jersey on September 15, 2013:

nicely done. thanks for sharing.

Kay on July 07, 2013:

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!

LeslieMirror on July 03, 2013:

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

WhiteIsland on July 02, 2013:

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.

WeiTang on July 01, 2013:

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.

YMTStyleWorld on June 30, 2013:

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

Mary Stephenson from California on June 30, 2013:

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.

likeuneed2know on June 28, 2013:

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

wiseriverman on June 27, 2013:

The photos are great and very helpful.

Thanks!

HuyMarketer on June 27, 2013:

Thank you for sharing

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on June 26, 2013:

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!

Fay Favored from USA on June 26, 2013:

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

anonymous on June 22, 2013:

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! :)

Torrs13 on June 21, 2013:

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

LUMOSE on June 21, 2013:

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

anyavnclv lm on June 19, 2013:

Nice tips. Thank you for sharing.

Faye Rutledge from Concord VA on May 27, 2013:

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

SomniMax on May 20, 2013:

Thanks for sharing these useful tips.

kabbalah lm on March 03, 2013:

Now I know the right way. Thanks

VspaBotanicals on March 01, 2013:

Awesome!

Susan R. Davis from Vancouver on January 28, 2013:

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

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on October 30, 2012:

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

justmelucy on October 23, 2012:

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.

Rosetta Slone from Under a coconut tree on August 09, 2012:

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.

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on August 05, 2012:

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.

Sunflower2423 on August 03, 2012:

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

nicks44 on July 29, 2012:

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!

anne mohanraj on July 29, 2012:

Nice lens!

charlb on July 29, 2012:

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!

Childbirth_Educator on July 28, 2012:

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

OliviaQ on July 28, 2012:

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

ohcaroline on July 28, 2012:

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

nomadic on July 28, 2012:

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 :)

thememorybooksh1 on July 28, 2012:

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

anonymous on July 28, 2012:

Thanks.

kgdunst on July 27, 2012:

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

Karli McClane from USA on July 27, 2012:

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

donmanual on July 27, 2012:

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

victoriuh on July 27, 2012:

Great photos and step by step. Blessed!

Darcie French from Abbotsford, BC on July 26, 2012:

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

Kim from Yonkers, NY on July 26, 2012:

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

kimark421 on July 26, 2012:

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

JoshK47 on July 26, 2012:

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

Moe Wood from Eastern Ontario on July 26, 2012:

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

Mandy Stradley from Riverton, Utah on July 25, 2012:

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

pheonix76 from WNY on July 25, 2012:

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

bwet on July 24, 2012:

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

Ardyn25 on July 24, 2012:

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!

octopen on July 24, 2012:

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

jasminesphotogr on July 23, 2012:

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! :)

sanchanps on July 23, 2012:

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

intermarks on July 23, 2012:

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,

JackJacobs LM on July 22, 2012:

Very helpful!

Mickie Gee on July 22, 2012:

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.

Brandi (author) from Maryland on July 20, 2012:

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

poutine on July 20, 2012:

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

Brandi (author) from Maryland on July 20, 2012:

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

Brandi (author) from Maryland on July 20, 2012:

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

Brandi (author) from Maryland on July 20, 2012:

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

Country Sunshine from Texas on July 17, 2012:

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.

Terrie_Schultz on July 16, 2012:

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

Angela F from Seattle, WA on July 16, 2012:

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)