~ How to cut a pineapple ~

If you’ve ever been to Hawaii, then you know just how delicious a fresh cut pineapple can be.  In honor of one of my best friends, Jenna, being in Maui this week (and me being super jealous) I decided to teach the world how to cut a pineapple.  😉

When I was at Kroger last week fresh whole pineapples were on sale for $2.99.  If you are looking to buy a ripe pineapple straight from the store, the best way to determine ripeness is to use your nose!  If the pineapple smells sweet then you know it’s ripe.  I had to wait about a week before mine ripened up at home.

I’ve always loved fresh cut pineapple, but to be honest, the fruit is a little intimidating.  I mean, it’s all prickly and what not.  Before I knew how easy it was to cut a pineapple, I would shell out the extra dough for the already cut stuff.  Now, I get my fresh cut pineapple and some extra cash in my pocket…win/win!

Start with your whole pineapple and a sharp knife.  (I’m using my Rachel Ray Gusto knife which I talk about in my Easy Chili Recipe post.)

First cut off the top and the bottom of the pineapple.

Ta da!

Next, stand the pineapple up on it’s end and use your knife to slice off the prickly skin.

Make sure your pineapple is good and naked.

Now, I am a pineapple chunks kinda girl, but you can choose to slice this guy however you like from this point.  This is just the way that I do it.  First, lay the pineapple down and slice it horizontally into discs.  Then cut each disc in a cross-cut pattern.

Put the chunks in a glass bowl and admire your handiwork!

Yum, yum…it’s like summer in November!  When I take a bite and close my eyes it’s almost like I’m laying on a beach in Maui…ok, so maybe not, but a girl can dream, right?

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