Do you know how to peel a pineapple? As much as I love fresh pineapple and hate paying for others to prep my food for me you’d think I’d have been peeling them for ages. Believe it or not I had no clue until a about 3 years ago when a dear friend of mine took pity on me and showed me how.
Now we always have fresh pineapple either in the fridge or in the freezer and you can too. Here’s how it’s done.
How To Peel A Pineapple
First let’s get the greens off so you can see what you are doing. Grab them firmly and twist just like you would wring a stem off an apple. You’ll be surprised at how easily it twists right off.
Now lay the pineapple down lengthwise onto your cutting board and slice both the top and bottom off. I find using a flexible cutting board works best for this because it makes it easier to get the chopped pineapple into baggies when I’m done.
Stand the pineapple up on its bottom. Take your knife, you’ll want a longish knife for this step, and slice off a strip of skin. Move down top to bottom with a SLIGHT sawing action. Turn the fruit slightly and repeat with another slice of skin. Keep going round until all the skin is removed. If there are TINY flecks of brown that’s ok. But you don’t want any large blobs of the tough skin left on your fruit.
Once the skin is completely removed keep your pineapple standing on its bottom and cut it in half from top to bottom. Turn the fruit and cut it in half again from top to bottom so you now have 4 equalish pieces or quarters. Repeat this process two more times until you have 8 pineapple wedges.
Now, one at a time slice the core off of the pineapple wedges by laying them down and running a knife along the visible boundary between the fruit and core. If you aren’t using a universal kitchen knife already, it’s best to use a small knife like a paring knife for this process.
Once the core has been removed you can slice your pineapple wedges into small chunks. How small depends on what you like or what your recipe calls for. I slice mine kinda thin as a rule so my blender can handle them more easily as I use most of my pineapple in smoothies.
Once it’s chopped just scoot it into a bowl or baggie and pop it into the fridge or freezer. See, that was messy but not really hard, was it? Now you know how to peel a pineapple just like the pros and I bet it didn’t take you as many years to get around to it as it took me!