Tips: How to cut up a pineapple

I have been asked this question a few times, and think people are often put off buying fresh pineapple because they think cutting it up is a lot of hassle. Most recipes that require fresh pineapple can be substituted for tinned and that’s absolutely fine. But there are times you just want fresh pineapple as it is much nicer when just eating it as pineapple, instead of cooking with it.

If you just hack at a pineapple without a strategy you will end up with a lot of waste and very little pineapple (I’ve been there!). Note this technique does not give you rings, I find rings extra fiddly to cut and not reall worth the effort. Although if you are making a pineapple upside down cake, or require rings for decorative purposes, then you are better off buying a tin

Equipment

  • A big knife (it doesn’t have to be exceptionally sharp as pineapples are actually quite soft. Even though their skin may make you think otherwise)
  • Chopping board
  • A pineapple

Method

  • Slice off the top and bottom off the pineapple but try not to take to much off. Slice the body of the pineapple into three cylindersimage

Taking one cyclinder turn it so that it is yellow side up. Slice around the edges of the pineapple as if you want to make it into a hexagon. Don’t worry if you don’t get all of the skin first time round you can gradually slice more offimage

  • Remove any remaining brown nobly bits by slicing them out. These won’t harm you but aren’t very nice to eatimage
  • Now is time to remove the core. Using your fingers (and eyes) determine where the hard bit of the core ends and the pineapple begins. Make four incisions to remove the coreimage
  • Cut into lengths or chunks as desired


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