How To Cut Up a Fresh Pineapple….

Don’t you just love fresh pineapple?  Whenever I see it on sale I just have to buy a couple.  (I bought mine today at Jewel, they were $1.99)  Here are a couple of things to look for when picking out fresh pineapple…. 

The skin should be firm and the skin should be yellow at the base and throughout the skin to the top.   Do not choose pineapple that has brown on or near the bottom.

Next, carefully grab ahold of an inner leaf….

Gently pull on the leaf.  If it comes out easily, it’s ripe.

Give the pineapple a rinse.  Lie the pineapple on its side on a large cutting board.
Cut the top and the bottom off about 1/2″ into the pineapple.

Turn the pineapple upright.  You can see the round core in the center.  You’ll need to remove the tough skin. Using a sharp knife, cut from the top straight down around the pineapple removing between 1/4″ and 3/8″ skin and some of the ripe fruit.

You can see that I’ve removed all of the skin and there are no little “eyes” left on the fruit.  Cut straight down the center and cut the pineapple into quarters.
Next remove the core.  Cut straight down removing the core.

Cut each quarter in half after the core has been removed….

Cut into bite size pieces….refrigerate.  Enjoy right out of the bowl…or….try my recipe for Fresh Pineapple Cake With Caramel Sauce.  Just a thought:-)
Have a wonderful evening!
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