Friday, January 27, 2012

How To Cut a Pineapple

My family is a bunch of pineapple lovers, even my mom who is allergic!  There was a time that I could have looked at this beautiful fresh fruit and not had a clue where to begin attacking it.  That is no longer the case.  I have become fairly crafty in the kitchen.  Fear of the unknown is what I find to be the biggest setback when it comes to exploration in the kitchen.  

So, I thought I would show you a quick and easy way to get into that lovely fruit.  I would eventually like to do a "vlog" about it.  You know, so you can all see my smiling face and silly expressions while wielding a knife.  I'll get there, soon I hope.  I would like to run a series of short "how to's in the kitchen".  So feel free to let me know of anything that you would like to know how to do!

Here we go.  

You begin with your whole fresh Pineapple.  You want to look for a fruit that is on it's way to being yellow. When in doubt don't get the greenest one, and don't get the most yellow, go right for the middle.  Note the color of the one above.  The green top is prickly (if that isn't obvious) so you are best to handle the Pineapple from the base.  Start by laying the fruit on it's side. 

With a large knife, slice the top of the fruit off.  take some of the fruit off as well, because you want to get rid of the rind.  

Then turn the fruit around and cut the bottom off. 

Stand the Pineapple back up. 

The next step is to cut the rind away from the fruit.  You want to cut in far enough to get all the prickly parts off.  Slide the knife down the side of the fruit

Work your way all around. 

Now you need to locate the core.  In the center of the fruit there will be a circle that is a slightly different color.  It's hard to see in these photos, but you will know it when you see it.  

Now you want to cut the fruit away from the core. Slide you knife down along the fruit. You should make four cuts in this step. 

You will be lift with four pieces of fruit.

And you can cut it up as you please. 

I find this method to be quick and easy.  It took me less than five minutes to cut this one, and that was with taking pictures.  

What would you like to learn how to do next?? 



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