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How To Cut A Pineapple


posted: 05/04/18

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Learning How to Cut a Pineapple is very simple, and once you do it, you will get pineapples all the time! After you master how to cut pineapple, you can make this amazing Grilled Pineapple with Honey Cinnamon Glaze, this delicious Pineapple Mango Salsa, or this perfect Simple Fruit Salad!

a whole pineapple on a cutting board waiting t be cut

I really love recipes that use fresh pineapple. But it wasn’t until I was pregnant with my oldest that I learned how to cut a pineapple. I started craving it like mad and was eating at least one pineapple a week by myself! Now, my very favorite way to eat a pineapple is to cut it into spears and grill it! It makes the most delicious light dessert! But before we do that, let’s learn what to look for in buying a pineapple and how to cut a pineapple properly.

How Do You Know if a Pineapple is Ripe?

  • Look for a pineapple that is more yellow than green on the exterior. The more yellow, the more ripe.
  • Feel the pineapple, it should give a little when you push on it. Hard pineapple? Keep moving.
  • Smell the bottom. It should smell fruity and sweet.

Pineapples don’t really ripen that much after they are picked. So if you are waiting for the one on the counter to ripen, you are probably just risking it going bad.

How to Cut a Pineapple

  1. Cut off the top and bottom.
  2. Then make small slices off the sides, removing the skin. You want the cuts to be deep enough that you take off the eyes, but not so deep that you take off a ton of pineapple.
  3. Once all the skin is off, cut the pineapple in half. And then into quarters.
  4. Now cut the core of the pineapple out. (See photo below)
  5. Cut the pineapple into spears. You can now either cut it into smaller pieces, or if you are grilling it, leave it as is.

Pictures of How to Cut a Pineapple

Cut off the top

a pineapple with the top being cut off

Cut off the bottom

a pineapple on a cutting board with the bottom being cut off

Cut off the skin

a pineapple on a cutting board with the skin being cut off

Making thin slices, continue to cut the skin off.

a pineapple on a cutting board with the skin being cut off

Cut the pineapple in half and then into quarters.

a pineapple being cut in half

Cut the core out of the pineapple by slicing down the tip of the quartered chunk.

a pineapple with the core being cut out

Now cut the pineapple into spears and then into chunks if you desire.

a pineapple being cut into spears on a cutting board

How Long Will Cut Pineapple Last

After cutting, store your pineapple in an airtight container. Eat within three to four days. Or make something delicious out of it!

Great Recipes Using Fresh Pineapple

Hi! I'm Lisa Longley, and I am committed to giving you simple dinner ideas and recipes that are easy to make; recipes that will fill your home with joy. I am the owner and author of SimpleJoy.com and I'm so glad that you are here.

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