How To Slice a Pineapple

Wondering how to slice a pineapple? It’s easy with these simple tips, step-by-step photos, and video! Plus, you’ll learn how to select a pineapple, store it, use it in recipes, and so much more!

Nothing says summer like a fresh pineapple straight from the fridge. This tropical fruit refreshing, delicious, and oh so juicy! The problem is, it can be intimidating to try and figure out how to cut that whole pineapple to reveal the sweet juicy treats hidden inside.

If you’ve found yourself avoiding cutting a fresh pineapple in the past because you’re just not sure how to cut it, then I’ve got great news for you. Cutting it doesn’t have to be complicated! Once you master this simple step-by-step guide, you’ll never buy pre-cut again!

💛 Pineapple Health Benefits

Want a good reason to make eat fresh pineapples? It’s good for you! You can make healthy drinks, salsas, desserts, smoothies, fruit salad or eat it plain as a snack.

Pineapple is packed full of fibre, vitamins and minerals and contains an enzyme called bromelain. Some of the health benefits include: 1) may aid digestion, 2) may promote healing after injury, 3) may help relieve the symptoms of arthritis, 4) may support immunity, 5) may support the cardiovascular system.

For more information on the health benefits, visit Webmd.

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🍍Select your pineapple

Since the fruit is the main star of the drink, it must be freshest and ripest you can find. Follow these key points when selecting the perfect ripe pineapple at the market.

  • The Color : It must be vibrant with a yellow rind and not green plus have healthy green leaves.
  • Firmness: Ripe pineapples should have a firm shell that is slightly soft when squeezed.
  • Smell: Ripe pineapples will have a sweet smell at the base of the fruit and a very pineapple-y smell!

🔪 How To Slice A Pineapple

Equipment

  • Cutting board – Use a large one that is solid so that it doesn’t slip around when slicing.
  • The knife – Make sure it’s large and preferably a sharp chef’s knife
  • Container – A large bowl to transfer to after cutting.

Step by step photos

  1. Lay the pineapple side down on the cutting board, and cut the green crown of the pineapple then the bottom of the pineapple.
  2. Cut the pineapple in the middle lengthwise.

3. Cut vertically straight through the core (center) of the pineapple. And then cut each half in half again, leaving you with four equal pieces.

4. Remove the core off by slicing in the middle and in an angle of each fourth and into wedges.

What can I do with the core?

Chop the core into 2-inch squares, freeze them and then use them as ice cubes in water or adult beverages! They will infuse a of flavor into your drinks.

5. Cut pineapple into the desired pieces

6. Lastly, remove the outer peel all at once by slicing it off with the knife.

And there you go my friends! Now you should be an expert on how to slice a pineapple. Easy peasy right?


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Storing and Freezing Tips

  • On counter. A whole pineapple should keep for at least one week if it’s almost ripe. I’d recommend refrigerating it when is already ripe to slow down the going bad time.
  • In Fridge. Once cut, pineapple is good for about 3 to 4 days. Store it in an airtight container or zip top bag in your refrigerator.
  • Freezer. You can also freeze the pineapple chunks. Cut it into chunks and place in an airtight container or freezer zip top bag in your freezer.
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Pineapple Recipes

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How To Slice a Pineapple

Learn how to slice a pineapple with these easy with these simple tips, step-by-step photos, and video! Plus many more pineapple tips!
Course How To
Cuisine All
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 cups
Author Ana Frias
Cost $3

Equipment

  • 1 large cutting solid cutting board
  • 1 large sharp chef's knife
  • 1 large bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe pineapple

Instructions

  • Lay the pineapple side down on the cutting board, and cut the green crown of the pineapple then the bottom of the pineapple.
    A hand with a knife cutting the top leaves of a pineapple.
  • Cut the pineapple in the middle lengthwise.
    A man's how to slice a fresh pineapple in the middle.
  • Cut vertically straight through the core (center) of the pineapple. And then cut each half in half again, leaving you with four equal pieces.
    A hand with a knife cutting a fresh pineapple in fourths.
  • Remove the core off by slicing in the middle and in an angle of each fourth and into wedges.
    A hand showing how to remove the core of a pineapple with a knife.
  • Lastly, slice the pineapple into the desired pieces and cut the skin off all at once by slicing off the flesh.
    A hand holding a knife cutting thru pineapple slices.

Video

Notes

  • See info before recipe for more info on picking, storing and freezing.
  • Cut ripe pineapple should keep for at least 3 to 4 days in refrigerator. 

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