Learning How to Cut a Fresh Pineapple in under 5 minutes is going to pave your way to discovering many delicious tropical recipes like our Hawaiian Luau Rice, Tropical Maja Blanca and Tutti Fruitti Kale Salad and Citrus Honey Dressing just to name a few.
Learn How to Cut a Fresh Pineapple
- Choose a ripe and juicy pineapple (read more about this below)
- Gather a cutting board and a heavy-duty sharp knife
- Cut the top off the pineapple and set aside (maybe for some of your recipes or gatherings you can use the top of the pineapple for a fun table scape decoration)
- If the bottom of your pineapple is uneven or not flat, cut that off now.
- Place the pineapple upright on the cutting board and trim off the pineapple scales. Turn your pineapple and continue to cut off all of the scales, keeping as much of the fresh pineapple as possible to reduce waste.
- Next, trim the eyes on the edges of your pineapple with a sharp knife.
- Hold your pineapple upright and carefully cut into 4 segments downward.
- Use your knife to remove the core from the 4 segments.
- Next, decide how you would like to cut your pineapple. If you want to grill your pineapple slices, you may want to cut them in long slices. On the other hand, if you are making a recipe calling for chunks, you may want to cut each of the 4 segments into 3 long slices and then cut each long slice into chunks.
- For our Hawaiian Luau Rice recipe, we first lay the flat side down of each of the 4 segments. Then, we slice into thin slices. Next, we turn the pineapple slices the other way and then make thin slices.
How to Choose a Ripe and Juicy Pineapple?
A ripe and juicy pineapple with smell like a sweet and delicious pineapple when you sniff the bottom of the pineapple. Did you know that a pineapple stops ripening as soon as it is picked? Pineapples can get softer and the color changes after it is picked but it is only a sweet as the day it was harvested. If the pineapple smells fermented or like vinegar or alcohol, then it might have gone bad. A heavier pineapple is a good indicator of a juicy pineapple.
Also, if you attempt to remove a leaf from the top it may give way to allow you pull it out but not a definitive indication of ripeness. The color of the pineapple is not the deciding factor on ripeness. Pineapples can be green or golden or a mixture of both. Fragrant sweet smell with no evidence of mold on your pineapple is the best indicator of pineapple ripeness.
How to Store a Pineapple
You can store an uncut pineapple at room temperature for 1-2 days and can be kept longer whole and unpeeled in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. Peeled and sliced or chopped pineapple can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. However, you can freeze cut and peeled pineapple in a freezer safe sealed container or freezer bag up to 3-5 months. They are delicious addition to smoothies like our Ginger Citrus Dragon Fruit Smoothie .
What do Pineapple Cravings Mean?
Seriously, what is going on? We have been craving pineapple from the moment this pandemic hit. Crazy odd craving, don’t you think! So we did a little investigation on this odd pineapple craving. According to the National Institution of Health - NIH, “Based on the results of the study, it can be concluded that canned pineapple consumption can lower the incidence of viral and bacterial infections and further increase the production of granulocytes”
So, there you go folks! Our body is telling us to protect ourselves. Bring on the Pineapple! Learning how to cut a fresh pineapple is not only delicious, its is good for your health. Whether fresh or canned this delicious tropical fruit is one of our favorites.
Pineapple as a Tenderizer
Did you know that pineapple contains and enzyme called Bromelain. According to studies, this enzyme Bromelian helps break down proteins and collagen and can help tenderize meat.
Have you ever noticed sometimes when you eat too much fresh pineapple your tongue tingles. Not only is the Bromelian in pineapple good for tenderizing your steak, it also tenderizes your tongue. However, do not worry as this enzyme, bromelian is eliminated in your digestive track. We really enjoyed this article Properties and Therapeutic Application of Bromelain: A Review in the NIH regarding all the health properties of pineapple's Bromelain and you may too.
Different Ways to Enjoy Pineapple
Do you love eating fresh pineapple slices ? We do too! However, you are going to want to learn how to cut a fresh pineapple so you can enjoy it in many delicious recipes.
- Grill them and top them with a little Homemade Coconut Whipping Cream
- Enjoy fresh pineapple in fruit salsa’s and top on top of grilled chicken and fish like our Tropical Spa Mango Chicken
- Decorate cakes and desserts with sliced pineapple like in our Tropical Maja Blanca.
- Toss in salads like in our Tutti Fruitti Kale Salad and Citrus Honey Dressing .
- Have an outdoor BBQ and a delicious side dish of Hawaiian Luau Rice.
Karen (Back Road Journal) says
Towards the end of June and into the first part of July, pineapples will be ready at a farm close to our house. Most are sold to restaurants in town but they do sell some to the locals as well. They are always a treat as they are so much sweeter than any sold at the grocery store.
HWC Magazine says
I bet! Fresh picked, how delicious. We have lots of pineapple recipes coming soon. Stay tuned. Take Care
Can't go wrong with the right way to cut a pineapple and you've got some great tips and notes here. Mrs. W is the primary pineapple cutter in the house. I'll be sure she takes a look. Thanks, Bobbi!
HWC Magazine says
Thanks so much Brooks! We bet you have some amazing baked goods featuring fresh pineapples. Stay well and take care.
Thanks for the post Bobbi...I love pineapple but literally hate to cut it...every time I buy whole pineapple I always end up regretting...now you got me excited to try...thanks!
Have a great rest of the week and stay safe!
HWC Magazine says
Hi there Juliana, we totally get it.Looking at that huge spiny pineapple looks overwhelming. However, we promise with a good knife and a little practice is is really easy. Stay well and take care
Great tutorial. I always scared of cutting pineapple you know.
HWC Magazine says
Thank you Priya. I know it can seem daunting but with a sharp butchers or chef's knife and you are good to go. You've got this. Take Care
Truly invaluable advice! Nothing compares to fresh pineapple, but they can definitely be a bit intimidating to break down. I've gotta say though, step #1 is absolutely the most important. 😉
HWC Magazine says
Thank you Hannah! You bet fresh pineapples are the best and the peak season is almost upon us. Choosing the best pineapple from the store is the most important step as they do not get any sweeter or more ripe by sitting on your counter. Take Care and stay well.