Step-by-Step: How to cut a pineapple.

Earlier this week I purchased 5 pineapples – 10 for $10! It was a miracle I stopped at 5! I did, however, pick-up another 2 today because the sale was still going on and the fruit was perfectly ripe and delicious!! There’s good pineapple, and there’s bad pineapple…these are good.

Because Kroger is THE grocery store around here, there was work chatter about the 10 for $10 pineapples. Apparently, Kroger will cut your pineapples for you…if you ask. And the person cutting your pineapple will probably lick it for being a needy customer. But I promise, cutting a pineapple is really very simple and there is no need to hassle the produce worker at your local grocer ;). I understand the intimidation factor, though…I was there before I completed my catering rotation during my dietetic internship. After 3 weeks of fruit and vegetable platter arrangements, I thought I would never cut another fruit or vegetable willingly.

That thought soon passed…I love my fruits & vegetables.

Without further adieu, how to cut a pineapple.

P.S. I was going to make this a video blog (AKA “vlog”) but Mr. P wasn’t around to play camera man. Sowwie!

Step 1: You need a pineapple (duh), cutting board, sharp butcher’s knife, and a trash can close by…the cute, begging dog is optional 😉

Step 2: Lay the pineapple on its side and cut off the top and bottom of the pineapple. Stand it back upright.

Step 3: Using a butcher knife, cut the rind off the pineapple one section at a time. Locate the core of the pineapple (it is circular and near the middle of the pineapple when it is stood upright as seen in the last picture above).

Step 4: After locating the core, cut the pineapple down the middle, through the core. Take each half of the pineapple and quarter it, again cutting through the core.

Step 5: Cut the core out of each quarter.

Step 6: Cut each quarter down the center and slice into bite-sized pieces. Done!

Question: Do you buy whole pineapples to cut at home, or do you buy canned, frozen, or pre-sliced to avoid the hassle?

The Melting Pot was very good! I was least impressed with the cheese course, but the meat and dessert were fabulous…especially dessert 😉

Enjoy your Sunday…GO BEARS! I am making a fancy Indian meal tonight — keep an eye out for those recipes this week…I hope they’re good! 😀

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14 Comments

  1. January 23, 2011 / 2:30 pm

    Hahah, they’d probably eat the best parts too. I LOVE whole pineapples. Ten for ten is a great deal. Lucky you!

  2. January 23, 2011 / 2:53 pm

    Any post with cute doggie pics gets comments from me 🙂

    Now I totally want pineapple!

  3. January 23, 2011 / 3:56 pm

    Love pineapples-you should see the hot mess I usually produce when trying to cut one!!!!
    Can I steal the pup for a little while???

  4. January 23, 2011 / 6:14 pm

    I love pineapple. I hate when you don’t get a good one!
    I love the knife you are using. I should start investing in some better knives.
    Hope you had a great weekend, Nicole!

  5. January 23, 2011 / 6:28 pm

    I totally would have bought 10 – I think fresh juicy pineapple is my favorite fruit!

  6. January 23, 2011 / 8:21 pm

    I will admit, I buy the precut ones. My grocery store has a machine that makes skinning them easy. Then I get the core, which pops right out, and a peeled pineapple. All I do is slice…and its the same price as the whole unskinned ones. You don’t even have to ask…they are already done and ready to buy…so hopefully, no one has licked it….haha

  7. January 23, 2011 / 10:00 pm

    WOW!! What a bargain. Pineapples are so good at this time of the year too. Have a great week. Look forward to your indian recipes!!

  8. January 23, 2011 / 10:14 pm

    Kroger will cut them for you? I didn’t know that.

    I usually buy canned pineapple, but will sometimes buy a fresh one. Fresh definitely tastes, well, fresher.

  9. January 24, 2011 / 9:43 am

    mmm… I love pineapple.
    One made it’s way into my grocery cart this weekend too.

    I’m surprised that the melting pot’s cheese course was the least impressive. I expected that to be the best!

  10. January 25, 2011 / 11:55 am

    Yummy! Great idea showing a tutorial on how to cut a pineapple. I take my random knowledge of thing for granted and then I see someone butchering a pineapple and think – what are you doing! I had a blog on preparing artichokes last year that was great up. And someday soon I’m gonna do a vlog showing how to fold a fitted sheet. Hahaha!

  11. January 26, 2011 / 7:18 am

    Funny thing–when I was a chef this last summer, I knew how to do alot of things, but cutting a pineapple the proper way was not one of them. Thankfully the head chef always jumped at the opportunity to teach me things, so she lead me through it step-by-step exactly like you showed! 🙂

  12. Emily
    January 15, 2012 / 12:33 pm

    I debating buying a pineapple this week (for $1!!) but remembered you had this tutorial, so thank you! it saved a lot of frustration and fingers 😉

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