How To Cut Up A Fresh Pineapple

Buying a Fresh, Ripe Pineapple:

There are three important steps to buying a fresh pineapple.

First, look at the outer skin. You should pick a pineapple that is beginning to turn a beautiful golden color.

Second, take a good sniff. If you don't smell a pineapple aroma then it is not ripe.

Third, check the skin for any noticeable bruising or rotten spots.

Cutting Up a Fresh, Ripe Pineapple:

You will need a sharp, long knife for this job.

Lay the pineapple on it's side on a cutting board.

Slice off the top of the pineapple about a ½-inch below the stalk.

Slice off the bottom of the pineapple.

Stand the pineapple up and begin slicing off the skin in strips.

For Whole Pineapple Slices:

Lay the pineapple on its side.

Cut the pineapple into 4 quarters.

Using a sharp paring knife, cut around the center core.

Gently pop the core out with your fingers.

Slice the pineapple into thin, whole slices.

For Pineapple Chunks:

First, with the pineapple in an upright position, slice it into 4 quarters.

Next, take each quarter and find the triangular part of the core. Slice the core off of the quarter.

Slice each quarter into bite sized pieces.


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