I’ve been intimidated by fresh pineapple pretty much my entire life. When I was younger, fresh pineapple would make my tongue feel funny. When I grew up, I just never knew how to get into that thing. Finally I decided I might as well just hit up the internet and search how to cut a pineapple. It couldn’t be that hard. And you know what? It isn’t! I can’t believe how long I avoided buying fresh pineapple when it’s so easy to prepare. The taste is by far more superior to the canned variety I always used to be.
As I began slicing up my first fresh pineapple that I brought home, I discovered that Z was crazy about it. She was stuffing pineapple chunks into her mouth faster than I could cut it. Z loves fresh fruit so I was pleased to find another option to serve her. Some of Z’s favorite ways to eat pineapple is in a fruit salad mixed with her other favorite fruits of blueberries, strawberries, and apples. I’ll add pineapple to her smoothies. She really, really loves smoothies! She even enjoys chopped pineapple mixed with plain yogurt. The sweet juicy bits sweeten the plain yogurt just enough.
Now that I’ve figured out how to peel a pineapple, I purchase it every time I go to the supermarket. The whole family loves having fresh cut pineapple ready to snack on in the fridge.
Learn to Peel Fresh Pineapple
Delicious, juicy fresh pineapple is only a few steps away. Once you realize how simple it is to peel your own, you’ll never go back to the canned variety again.
Using a knife — I like to use a serrated knife — slice off the top and bottom of the pineapple. Doing this will allow you a level flat bottom that will rest safely on your cutting board to continue with the steps.
Begin slicing off the thick skin by cutting into the pineapple just inside the pineapple’s eyes. See the next slide for a more detailed view.
Just bring your knife just inside the pineapple to catch cutting off those brown eyes located all around the pineapple.
Continue like this all the way around until you’ve cut off the entire peel.
The tough part is over! You’ll now have the main body of the pineapple ready to be cut up.
Slice the body of the pineapple into quarters.
Now you’ll cut off the tough core. Cut about an inch into the center to remove it. Repeat this will the remaining sections.
After removing the core from all the pieces, cut each quarter piece in half. Then slice each section into 1 inch chunks.
DIY Pineapple Chunks
A pot of gold! Your pineapple is now ready to eat! Weren’t those steps so simple?
My family loves having fresh cold pineapple chunks ready to snack on in the fridge.