How to: Pick and Peel a Pineapple

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Pick your pineapple
Sing it: Summer, summer, summertime
Time to sit back and relax

I'm sorry, I caught myself summoning Will Smith there. Moving on. With the advent of summer and record high temps in the Houston area, all I can think of is fresh fruit and light cocktails. It's a great time to find pineapples. They're available canned (bleh) or already peeled and chopped, for twice as much as what you'd pay for a whole, fresh one, which is obviously what we recommend buying. Here's how to pick a pineapple and break that baby down.

Just like when you're eating, use your senses to pick the right one.

Stare at it: It should be a bright yellow, maybe a bit of green here and there. Avoid any visible blemishes -- brown or black spots. If you can only find them with a very green peel, then take it home, let it hang out on your counter, and it will ripen in a few days.

Feel it up: It should be firm to the touch, but not hard. It should give a little.

Give it a whiff: Sniff that booty, I mean, the bottom; it should be fragrant, sweet with a hint of tartness.

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Peeling a pineapple
This is how we break down a pineapple in Panama:

  • Remove both ends. You can break off the leafy top or just use a knife to cut about 1/2-inch off the top and bottom of the pineapple. This will stabilize the fruit and make it easier when removing the peel with a knife.

  • Stand the pineapple on a cutting board and with the knife, begin slicing off the peel; no need to go deep, you will clean it up once all the tough peel is gone. Move in a downward motion, always away from you. Give it a clockwise turn and repeat until you have removed all of the peel.

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    Trimming your pineapple

  • Remove the eyes. Cut the flesh in shallow diagonal slits on either side of each row--you'll probably be able to cut across three to four at a time. Remove the cut-outs and repeat.

  • The pineapple will end up looking like a spiral. Now it is ready to slice and enjoy.

    Word of caution: Make sure not to eat the core, it tends to be tough and it has an enzyme that causes your tongue to feel stiff and weird. Stay clear of it, and you'll thoroughly enjoy your pineapple.



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    Mai Pham
    Mai Pham

    Love this post!  You cut it the way my mom does it. Labor intensive. I have a pineapple corer, but I don't use it very much. I'm lazy, so I've found that the quickest way is to the just slice the top and bottom off, cut the pineapple into quarters and cut the pineapple into wedges (with the skin on). We eat the pineapple flesh, and throw away the skin at the end. 

    Anamaris Cousins Price
    Anamaris Cousins Price

    Damn! I love pineapple lovers. I manage to still love'em even though General Noriega, yeah, the infamous Panamanian dictator with the short life span, was also known as Cara de Pina (Pineapple Face because of his acne scars). For a while there, we couldn't ask for pineapple without looking over your shoulder for secret police. Fun days.

    rgwalt
    rgwalt

    +1 for the pineapple core!  Avoid swallowing too much of the fiber.  It can actually plug your GI tract.

    Schwarzestiefel
    Schwarzestiefel

    What's really good with fresh pineapple is Thai basil. You can crush a few leaves and add it to cubed pineapple to sit in the refrigerator a while, it's amazing.

    Brittanie Shey
    Brittanie Shey

    Normally I am anti-unitasker, but you can buy a cheap pineapple corer that makes peeling and prepping a pineapple way easy. This one from Williams Sonoma is $20 but mine is plastic and was like $5 at Ikea. (See video at the link.)

    http://www.williams-sonoma.com...

    The bonus is that it cores and makes rings AND it leaves the pineapple's exterioir intact, which you can use as the vessel for serving your tiki drinks.

    http://www.evernewrecipes.com/...

    TQro
    TQro

    I've had friends say they don't like pineapple because it's too tart or acidic.  I tell them 'you're not picking a good one'.  Ha!  My trick is to stand back and view the pineapple display from a distance then I pick the golden one, yellow with a hint of orange.  Agree on smell test.

    Trisch, my husband likes the core too.

    trisch
    trisch

    That's funny.  I love the core.  I cut it into spears, chill them down really cold and chew on them as a snack.  They can be fibrous, but if no one's watching, you can gnaw until there's only fiber left and spit that out.  Yeah, classy, I know.

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