Monday, June 27, 2011

How to Choose and Dice a Pineapple

I adore fresh fruit.  I would take it any day over cookies.  Especially this time of year.  Melons, berries, grapes and pineapples are fresh everywhere you go and I have been living on fruit lately.  It can be a little time consuming to eat fresh fruit because of the need to clean them, dice them and store them.  It can be easy and I believe the extra work is totally worth it for the freshness of summer fruit!

I decided to make a step-by-step tutorial on how to choose and dice a pineapple because I think that of most of the fresh fruits, it’s probably the one that intimidated me for the longest time.  I just wasn’t sure how to pick it out and then when I got one home, I was stumped on how to actually get that core out of there.

To choose a pineapple, choose one that is light brown and golden on the outside.  The leaves will be loose but firm and a couple will come out easily when fully ripe.  Lastly, smell the pineapple.  A ripe pineapple will have a sweet, strong pineapple smell.

Before you get started, grab a plastic grocery sack, a large cutting board, a knife (I use a long serrated knife) and a damp towel…ripe pineapples tend to be pretty juicy so I like to keep a towel nearby for easy cleanup.)

To begin, cut off the top and bottom of the pineapple. Gently cut down the sides of the pineapple, peeling the sides.  Cut behind the eyes and clear all eyes from the outer edge of the pineapple.

Then cut the pineapple in quarters.
Stand each quarter up and remove the core by cutting straight down.  You’ll be able to see where the core meets the fruit.  The core is lighter in color.

Repeat for the other quarters.

To dice, cut each quarter into ½” strips and dice according to your preference.

 Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about 5 days.  A pineapple never lasts that long in my fridge but beyond that, you will run the risk of mold.  Enjoy!
 

10 Responses to “How to Choose and Dice a Pineapple”

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    Maureen — June 27, 2011 @ 6:57 am

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for this.

    I live in a pineapple growing area and they are as cheap as can be in the farmers markets and I rarely buy them because I feel like such a dork trying to trim and cut it.

    yay!

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    Erin — June 27, 2011 @ 7:34 am

    Love fresh pineapple! Great explanation on how to cut it, that is exactly how I do it!

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    Ann — June 27, 2011 @ 8:34 am

    Good, basic information. I love pineapple and there truly is nothing like a fresh one you cut yourself…..

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    Lizzy — June 27, 2011 @ 12:31 pm

    One of my favorite fruits! Thanks for the tutorial…I've been buying the precored/peeled pineapples, but I think this would save me a LOT of $$$$. Thanks, Cassie!

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    Dulce Dough — June 27, 2011 @ 5:06 pm

    What a great tutorial! Fresh pineapple is so good! I am guilty of buying pineapples that are already cut, just for the convenience. But with food prices rising as they seem to be, I need to cut my own! And now I know exactly how to do it! Thank you!

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    Anne — June 27, 2011 @ 11:09 pm

    Cassie! This is great! If I posted this it would sure read "How to Wrestle With Your Pineapple"! Thanks for teaching me how to do this right! : )

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    Sarah — June 28, 2011 @ 12:20 am

    Oh man I could have used this post a few months ago in Hawaii. If I ever cross paths with another pineapple I'll be coming back to this for sure!

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    Kate @KfS — June 28, 2011 @ 5:58 am

    Great tutorial ..perfect for summer. Thanks for the tips!

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    Kate@Diethood — June 29, 2011 @ 10:40 pm

    Thank you for this wonderful tutorial! I didn't know that so much went into picking a good pineapple!! 🙂

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    Maggie @MaggieCooks — June 30, 2011 @ 9:09 pm

    Thank you for the tutorial!! 🙂
    This really helped me pick my pinneaple yesterday to make some piña coladas :)!

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