Tuesday, February 9, 2016
How To Cut Up a Pineapple
My tip for fresh fruits and vegetables is to "process" them as soon as you get home from the grocery store, after you've put away the other items. Wash them, and if necessary, cut and peel them. This makes you more likely to grab and eat fruits and veggies because it's convenient and quick! Plus you get it all out of the way once and only one cutting board and knife wash!
First, grab the leafy top of the pineapple securely and twist, just like you're opening a stubborn jar. It should pop cleanly off! (Apparently you can save the top and sprout it to grow,)
Next I slice the pineapple into quarters for easier handling.
Lob off the leafy ends of each quarter. This is important because you are creating a flat surface to cut on.
Stand each quarter up on it's now flat base and cut the point off where the tough core is.
Now turn the quarter and slice off the exterior skin of the pineapple. I can usually do this in two knife movements, but sometimes go back to clean up areas that were missed.
You should have a cored and skinned quarter of a pineapple now. Lay it flat on your cutting board and cut into 1/2" slices, or your preference of thickness (TWSS). *giggle*
As you're done cutting each quarter deposit these slices into an airtight container for easy storage.
Voila! You've cut a fresh pineapple in just a few minutes. Depending on size, I'm usually awarded with about 4 cups of fruit.