This tutorial may seem silly to some of you who have been cutting pineapples for years, and it's only one of many ways to cut a pineapple. But this method works great and if you've never bought or cut your own pineapple, I hope you'll feel ready to tackle one now!
What you need to cut a pineapple:
a pineapple =)
a big, sharp knife
a cutting board
First, you want to get rid of the two ends of the pineapple. Lay the pineapple on its side and chop off the top and the bottom.
Turn the pineapple onto one of the ends and cut into quarters, right through the center.
Now you want to get rid of the hard middle part. Set aside three of the four quarters for now. While still standing on one end, cut the corner (the middle) off at an angle. Try not to cut too much off but make sure that you've gotten rid off all of the hard part by stabbing into it at several points. The knife should slip right in and out. Trim extra if necessary.
Now cut the quarter into half again while it's still standing on one end. Put aside one of the two sections for now. You'll be working with this eighth of a pineapple from now on.
Trim off the skin of the pineapple by getting as close as you can to the edge while still removing most of those weird brown pock-marks.
I like my pineapple slices really small, so after laying it back down on its side, I cut the pineapple lengthwise again (now it's 1/16th of a pineapple), then slice into chunks.
Now go back to your other quarters and cut them all up in the same way. You'll end up with about 6 cups of chopped pineapple.
There will be a lot of waste but it's inevitable when cutting a pineapple, unfortunately.
If you want to feel a little bit better about how much you're wasting, plant the pineapple top in the ground. That's how they grow!
Mmm, now you can enjoy fresh chopped pineapple instead of the canned stuff.
What is your favorite way to eat pineapple?