Pineapple is something that I don’t eat very often, but when I eat it I prefer fresh and peel it and cut it myself. It is fresher and tastier and moreover also zero-waste. You don’t buy a can containing the pre-cut pineapple. The only thing that can be in terms of packaging is a card. Sometimes there is also sugar or another sweetener in such a can while pineapple is sweet enough in itself.
Peel the fresh pineapple
First you cut off the top (the leaves), also cut off the bottom. You can now easily put the pineapple upright. Cut the skin off from top to bottom in strips. If you peel this very thick, then you also immediately cut the eyes off, which is slightly faster but then you also lose some flesh.
If you cut the peel thinner, you will notice that you see eyes around the entire pineapple. These form diagonal lines. Place your knife diagonally on the pineapple and cut diagonally along 2 sides so that you remove some eyes at the same time. Do this over the whole pineapple and you get a beautiful decoration.
So the pineapple is peeled, now it’s time to cut. Depending on what you want to use it for, you will cut into rings or cubes. For example, rings for grilling. Cubes are handy for a smoothie.
How to cut the pineapple in cubes?
First, peel the pineapple (check the previous step). Cut the pineapple into quarters. From top to bottom. Take a piece and set it up. Now cut away the inside with a knife. Do this for all four parts.
How to cut pineapple rings?
First, peel the pineapple (check the previous step). Place the pineapple on its side. Now cut off rings. Try to take approximately the same thickness for each ring. The middle one must now be removed. This is very easy with an apple drill.
How to use pineapple corer?
Did you know that there is a special device for cutting a pineapple?
You first cut the leaves of the pineapple. Then you put the device on top of the pineapple and start turning. It is a bit like a corkscrew to open a bottle of wine. As soon as you reach the bottom you can remove the pineapple rings. In the middle, you immediately have a hole (the part that you should cut away if you did it yourself).
Now I don’t like too many devices in the house, especially if I don’t use it that often. But if you eat pineapple often, it can be very handy. If you want one, you can order it here.
Store pineapple after cutting
Depending on what you are going to use the pineapple for and how many people you are going to eat this, everything is eaten or you have left. What do you do with it, how do you keep it?
You can keep it in a sealed box in the fridge for a few days. If you do not immediately intend to continue eating the pineapple, you can keep it in a sealed box in the freezer. For this, cut the pineapple into smaller pieces. The frozen pineapple is delicious in a smoothie, among other things.
Do you ever eat pineapple fresh? And what is your favorite dish with it? Let me know in a reaction below.