Thursday, April 2, 2009

How To Cut Up a Pineapple

So. A Canadian farm girl, who has never been to Hawaii, and never saw a pineapple that did not come out of a can until she was oh - maybe, twenty-something, will show how to cut up a pineapple. To be fair, I learned this by watching Saucey Chef.
Twist off the top by grasping the top and twisting it off. Really.
Take a slice off the top and bottom of the pineapple.
Stand the pineapple upright and begin slicing downward, taking off enough to remove most of the brown eyes.
Keep going around the pineapple.
Trim off remaining eyes from the "ribs" created by the slicing and around the bottom and top edge.
Pineapple is ready to slice or dice.
I'm dicing so - cut the fruit in half lengthwise.
Cut lengthwise down each of the pineapple halves, making quarters.
Now remove the core by standing each quarter upright and slicing down lengthwise.
The core is now removed from each quarter piece.
Face the flat side from where the core was sliced away, upwards. Begin to slice lengthwise, each of the quarter pieces, either into three or four pieces.
Some I sliced into three and some into four lengthwise strips.
The cutting board will be covered in lengthwise strips, all with the narrow edge of each piece facing upward. Flip some of the pieces over and face the narrow edge down, effectively filling up the spaces.
I have large hands and can easily grasp the entire bundle and slice off the tidbits that way. (Yes, piano people, I can reach from middle C to E, but prefer to hum.) If you have small hands you may have to do this in two sets.
And here are our fresh pineapple tidbits. Mix this with some strawberries, red and green grapes, fresh blueberries. I packed this in my tote last week when traveling. It was refreshing and kept me from succumbing to the temptation of a doughnut with my hot drink.


Patricia said...

Fresh pineapple is one of the most important foods in the anti-inflammatory arthritis diet prescribed by my ortho surgeon. It has to be fresh - only fresh pineapple contains the bromelain that contains the anti-inflammatory properties. I have been eating at least one serving of fresh pineapple nearly every day for almost 3 months and it has made a huge difference in my arthritis pain. My only problem has been living in a rural community and getting fresh pineapple. Once it is opened, it goes bad quickly. You can read more about bromelain here.

After eating fresh pineapple, canned pineapple by itself tastes awful.

Mental P Mama said...

I have just been learning about how wonderful pineapple is for your health-- Like Patricia said, and it is also a nice diuretic! Enjoy! I just bought one yesterday!

Leila said...

Your clear (as always) pictures are wonderful.

The scent of fresh pineapple is amazing. So festive! Such a revelation!

As I get older, fresh fruit hurts my stomach :(
I used to have a stomach of steel. This is killing me!

Caution Flag said...

But aren't you just exhausted?

jan said...

Ah ha! You make it look so easy. Sometimes I just ignore the pineapples at the store because I don't feel like wrestling with them. :-) Thanks!