Cleaning and Cutting Pineapple in Four Steps

Nothing beats the flavor of fresh pineapple! Pineapples must be cleaned and sliced properly before they can be served or used in other recipes. Don't be intimidated by this spiky and crowned fruit: We'll show you how to cut pineapple like a boss. Store your cut-up fresh pineapple in a tightly covered container up to two days.

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The Easiest Way to Cut a Pineapple

Don't let this tropical fruit's spiky skin scare you away. It's actually easy to prepare fresh pineapple slices if you follow this four-step process. Plus, it will save you loads of cash compared to buying cubed pineapple from the refrigerator section of the supermarket.

So grab a whole pineapple at the store, thoroughly rinse and scrub pineapple with a produce brush, and prepare to become a fruit prep pro.

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Step One: How to Cut Pineapple

Use a knife to cut off the green crown and stem end of the pineapple.

Safety tip: If your cutting board tends to slide around the countertop as you slice, place a damp towel underneath to keep it steady.

Step Two: How to Peel a Pineapple

Stand the pineapple on one end and slice off the peel in strips from top to bottom. Cut just deep enough to remove skin and not much of the fruit. If desired, cut narrow wedge-shape grooves to remove as many "eyes" as possible.

Step Three: How to Core a Pineapple

With the peeled pineapple standing on end, cut it into four pieces from top to bottom. Then cut the fruit away from the core on each quarter; discard core.

Step Four: How to Cut Up a Pineapple

Cut the quarters into spears or chunks, or chop pineapple into desired pieces.

Can't get enough pineapple? Learn how to throw a party inspired by the sweet and cute fruit!

How to Store Pineapple

After buying, you can refrigerate a whole pineapple for up to two days. Cut pineapple can last a few days if placed in a tightly covered container and refrigerated.

How to Eat Pineapple

Now that you've learned how to slice a pineapple, it's time for the best part: eating it! If you want to dress up your pineapple more than just the fresh pieces, try one of our favorite recipes for cooking with pineapple.

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