Pineapples are delicious! I used to cut them up in a way that wasted a lot of fruit. It was a real relief to me when a friend showed me how to cut up a pineapple properly. My friend is originally from the Philippines, so I’m guessing she should be pretty good at cutting up pineapples, seeing as they are grown where she grew up!
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Okay. So, this is how you cut up a fresh pineapple. First, you need a cutting board, a sharp knife and a lovely, ripe pineapple… I usually choose one that is nice and yellow, the bottom is starting to turn brownish and it smells like pineapple…I don’t know if this the right way to choose a pineapple, but it’s the way I choose one.
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1. Lay the pineapple down on a cutting board and cut the bottom and top off.
2. Stand the pineapple up, and use your knife to slice the outer skin thinly off. Cutting from top to bottom.
3. You will find that there are still eyes on your pineapple. Don’t worry.
4. Lay your pineapple down again. You will notice that the eyes grow in a spiral up the pineapple. So, cutting on the diagonal, make sure to cut a strip with about two or three eyes in it.
5. Work your way around the pineapple, cutting on the diagonal until all the eyes are removed from the pineapple.
6. Stand the pineapple up, and cut it in half lengthwise. Cut each half lengthwise again.
7. Don’t forget to cut the core out of each quarter, cutting lengthwise.
8. Once the pineapple is cut and quartered, cut each quarter into the desired size – whether bite-size pieces or larger slices, it’s really up to your preference now.
Enjoy your delicious pineapple with hardly any waste!
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