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Love pineapple but don’t know how to cut it? You’re not alone: with its thick and spiky skin, pineapple can be intimidating! But cutting a fresh pineapple is easy — and doing it yourself will save you money at the supermarket. Plus, fresh-cut pineapple lasts much longer than the pre-cut pineapple in the produce department, which is often past its prime the day you buy it. Check out the simple steps below for how to select and cut a fresh pineapple.
First things first—to ensure that you select a ripe pineapple while at the store, smell it. The fruit should smell fragrant and a bit sweet at the stem end. Look for fresh green leaves at the top of the pineapple. Also, use your sense of touch– if you gently squeeze the pineapple, it should “give” just a little (but avoid any pineapples that have soft spots or bruises, as those are signs that it’s past its prime).
Before cutting into the pineapple, wash it under cold running water and scrub it gently with a produce brush if you’ve got one.
(You’ll need a large chef’s knife and a cutting board.)
How to cut pineapple
Lay the pineapple down on its side and cut a slice off the bottom end.
Then slice off the top taking care to avoid the pointy leaves (they can be sharp)!
Stand the pineapple up with the flat bottom on your cutting board. Holding the top of the pineapple steady with one hand, use your other hand to start cutting away the pineapple’s outer skin.
Take off enough to get just past the brown spots (or eyes) in the flesh, but take care not to cut too far into the fruit.
Keep the pineapple standing on one flat end and carefully slice each side of the fruit, getting close to but not cutting into the center core.
Lay the pieces down with the flat side on the cutting board and cut into bite-sized pieces.
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