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Cleaning and Cutting Pineapple

Pineapples must be cleaned and sliced properly before they can be served or used in other recipes.

Freshly Sliced Pineapple

Preparing fresh pineapple slices is easy if you follow this four-step process.

Step 1: Remove the crown and cut off the top and base.

Step 2: Cut off wide strips of the peel. Cut just deep enough to remove the skin; you'll remove the eyes in the next step.

Step 3: Remove the eyes by cutting narrow wedge-shaped grooves diagonally around the fruit, following the pattern of the eyes.

Step 4: Slice the pineapple into disks. Then use a coring tool or sharp paring knife to remove the tough center portion of each disk.

To cut into chunks: Using a sharp chef's knife, cut the whole pineapple lengthwise into halves, then quarters. Use a serrated knife to slice away the tough core, then run the knife between the fruit and the peel to separate. Finally, cut the fruit into chunks or fingers-sized portions.

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