How to Cut Up a PineappleCredit: Southerngirl09

Fresh Fruits are Important to a Healthy Diet

Once you learn how to cut up a pineapple, you can enjoy this fresh tropical delight often. I love all fresh fruits, but this tropical delight is awesome and one of my favorites. Fortunately, they are available fresh all year long, and they can be purchased at an economical price. Typically, I find the best price for them at one of my warehouse stores:  Costco, Sam’s Club, or BJ’s.

While preparing this fresh fruit requires some work to get to the succulent fruit, it is well worth the effort. And once you have mastered how to cut up a pineapple, you will find it easy to serve this great fruit, and enjoy the many health benefits it offers. And many diets, like Paleo, Engine 2, Weight Watchers, etc., all allow, and encourage, eating fresh fruits. So, if you are trying to improve your diet, by eating minimally processed foods, you will want to learn to prepare this fresh fruit.

Some grocery stores have a gadget that will remove the skin and core for you. Or, you could purchase a corer to be used at home. Some of the corers work well, but you will lose some of the tasty fresh fruit when you use them. There are many opinions on how to cut up a pineapple; following, is the method that I use.

Follow These Step-by-Step Instructions on How to Cut Up a Pineapple

Things you’ll need:

Soft bristled brush and/or paper towels
Cutting boards
Sharp knife

Warning:  This is a knife intensive job; please be careful.

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Wash the fruit carefully; remember any bacteria on the outside could be carried to the inside when you slice into it. I wash it under running water, using a soft bristled brush and/or paper towels. Also, run water over the green top. Then, pat the fruit dry, using paper towels.




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Place the fruit on a cutting board, and slice the green top off by cutting it approximately one inch below the bottom of the green. Set the top in a dish of water for now. Later, you can place it in potting soil for it to root. These plants are fun to watch, as they grow, and they add a Hawaiian flair to your decor. A friend of mine actually had hers grow large enough to produce a fruit. Or, add the green top to your compost pile, if you are not interested in rooting it.


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Set the fruit up on its bottom. Now, slice down through the center, lengthwise, being careful not to let it slip. You now have two halves.





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Slice the halves into halves again, making quarters. Slice off the bottom of the fruit. Now, slice these pieces into half again - but not lengthwise (see photo). 




How to Cut Up a Pineapple – Cutting Out The CoreCredit: Southerngirl095th step - how to cut up a pineapple:       
Place a piece of the fruit on a clean plate, or another clean cutting board, and slice down, lengthwise, cutting out the core.





How to Cut Up a Pineapple – Removing the SkinCredit: Southerngirl096th step - how to cut up a pineapple:
Using the tip of the knife, remove the skin from the fruit. These pieces of fruit can then be divided into smaller pieces for serving. (Don’t forget to add these fruit skins to your composter.)




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Continue cutting the fruit in this manner, place the pieces in a glass bowl, and store in the refrigerator. 






In Closing

Now, that wasn’t so hard, was it?

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