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How to Cut a Pineapple (3 different ways!)

Learn how to cut a pineapple three different ways to use in your favorite sweet and savory recipes! With this step-by-step tutorial you'll be able to easily and safely cut a pineapple into rings, long slices and chunks. Tips, tricks and recipe ideas included!

Course How to
Cuisine American
Keyword how to cut a pineapple
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Author Monique Volz of AmbitiousKitchen.com

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe pineapple

Instructions

  1. Lay the pineapple on its side and carefully cut off the top where the leaves are located, making a cut at around ½ inch down from the leaves, as well as ½ inch off of the bottom.
  2. Place the pineapple upright on your cutting board and carefully slice the skin off from top to bottom, going around the pineapple until the skin and tough bits are completely removed.

  3. FOR RINGS

    Lay the pineapple on its side and carefully cut it into ½ inch thick rings.

    Remove the core from each round using a small paring knife or a small, round cookie cutter.

  4. FOR LONG SLICES

    Keeping the pineapple upright, cut the entire fruit down the middle lengthwise.

    Lay both halves flat on your cutting board, then cut in half lengthwise again.

    Remove the thick core from each wedge that you created by slicing it off at an angle.

    Cut each wedge in half lengthwise once more and enjoy.

  5. FOR CHUNKS

    Once you’ve cut the pineapple into 8 wedges or equal-sized rings using one of the methods above, cut each wedge or round into ½-1 inch chunks.

Recipe Notes

To store: store fresh cut pineapple in airtight containers or bags in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days.

To freeze: spread out your cut up pineapple on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and place it in the freezer for a few hours until frozen solid. This is called a flash freeze and will prevent the chunk of pineapple from freezing together. After the pieces are frozen, add them to freezer-friendly, airtight containers and store them in the freezer. Try frozen pineapple in smoothies, as fruity ice cubes or just as a cool summer treat!