Quarter the pineapple, lengthwise and then cut out the tough core. Cut into chunks or slices as you please!
How to Cut a Pineapple
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Today I’m going to be in Hawaii! It seems fitting that I should post something Hawaii related and lucky for me, I shot this pineapple before I left. I’m hoping Hawaii is everything I dream and more.
I’m definitely going to be eating my weight in pineapples. Everyone cuts their pineapples differently, but this is how my mom does it and how I do it too, when I’m not being lazy. I love the way the spiral cuts look so it’s worth the extra bit of effort because it looks so fancy.
But, before I teach you how to cut a pineapple, I need to teach you how to choose one. I don’t know where I learned this from (probably Mike) but the best way to find out if a pineapple is going to be sweet is to smell their butts. You know, the bottom part of the pineapple, opposite their towering green crown. Give it a good sniff (hee hee!) and if it smells sweet and pineapple-y, you’ve got a good one. You’ll be surprised at how many pineapples you smell that smell like nothing at all.
After you select your perfect pineapple, it’s just a quick lopping off of the top and bottom, then standing it up and slicing along the sides to take the skin off, following along the natural curve of the pineapple. Then, take a look at the eyes on the pineapple. Generally, the line up in a diagonal. Cut a little v-shape trench along the diagonal, taking out the eyes.
Alternatively, if you don’t mind the eyes or want to trim off a little bit of extra pineapple, you could try to slice the eyes out while you’re peeling, but when you do this you’re taking off quite a bit of fruit. It just so happens that the sweetest fruit is nearest to the skin, so I wouldn’t really recommend it.
Once you’re done spiral cutting the pineapple, stand it up on it’s end again and cut it into quarters. Or, keep it on it’s side and slice lengthwise into quarters.