Cutting a pineapple is a lot harder than you think it is. The skin is tough and there is a "technique" to getting the post edible parts out of the pineapple. Here is a really easy, time saving way for cutting a pineapple. If you have one of those handy pineapple cutters, that's awesome! Use it! But if you don't have one, there is no sense in buying one. All you need is a knife, a cutting board and (obviously) the pineapple. [Lots of pictures in this post! I used my iPhone so they aren't the best. I'm hoping someone will get the hint that I need a new camera! *cough* Cannon Rebel *cough*) Anyhoo....
Start with the lovely fruit
Next cut the top and bottom off. (The outside of a pineapple is really tough so use the sharpest knife you have!)
Next start slicing the outer skin. Cut as close to the skin as possible. Also, cut with shape of the pineapple. If you cut straight down, you will cut off edible pieces of pineapple. NO WASTING!!
There will be "knots/wholes/whatever-you-want-to-call-thems" but have no fear!
You can cut it again until those little pesky things go away. It's okay if you don't get every one of them. It's not going to kill you, I promise!!
Have you ever bough a sliced pineapple in the produce section or in the can? There will be a circle cut out of the middle. Well we are going to be rebels and make it a square! You want to be sure to toss the middle section because it is hard and bitter.
And keep going around...
Until that middle piece is out..
Next slice it, dice it, or whatever your little heart desires!
You can add it to a fruit salad like we did, you can made a desert or just eat it plain!!
Any fruits you have trouble with? Do you have any good recipes with pineapple in them? Have you cut a pineapple before? How did it turn out?