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