Cleaning and Cutting Pineapple in 4 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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Freshly Sliced Pineapple

Preparing fresh pineapple slices is easy if you follow this four-step process. Before you start cutting pineapple, thoroughly rinse and scrub pineapple with a produce brush.

 

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How to Cut Pineapple: Step 1

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

How to Cut Pineapple: Step 2

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.

How to Cut Pineapple: Step 3

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.

How to Cut a Pineapple: Step 4

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

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