How to cut a pineapple without waste

The flesh of pineapples is fully packed with vitamin A and vitamin C, accompanied by a fresh, sweet, and sour juice. But if you’re unsure about how to cut a pineapple without waste, don’t worry, let’s delve into two methods: “quick” and “without waste,” to explore the advantages and disadvantages of each method.

How to Know a Pineapple Is Ripe?

Before we delve into knife skills, let’s talk about selecting the right pineapple. The peak season for pineapples usually runs from March to July, and finding a good one depends on its ripeness when you buy it. Look for fruit with a yellow rind instead of green, which is a good sign of ripeness. Another tip is to pick it up and smell it from the bottom. If it has a sweet and fresh aroma of pineapple juice, then it’s ripe. On the other hand, if there’s no smell of pineapple, it’s not ripe yet, and if it has a fermented smell, it’s overripe. In short, we can check if it’s ripe using these methods:

  • The color: A ripe pineapple will have a vibrant yellow color throughout, from the stem to the bottom of the fruit. Avoid pineapples with a green color as they may not be fully ripe, or with brown patches as they may be overly ripe. Additionally, if the crown of the pineapple is green, the fruit is still fresh. But if the crown has turned brown, the pineapple may be too old.
  • The smell: Give it a gentle sniff near the base of the fruit. A ripe pineapple should have a sweet, tropical aroma. If it doesn’t smell fragrant or has a sour smell, it may not be fully ripe.
  • The texture: Gently press the pineapple with your thumb. It should give slightly when pressed, but it should not be overly soft or mushy. If it feels too firm, it may not be ripe yet. The texture should be firm yet slightly yielding.
  • The leaves: The leaves at the top of the pineapple should be green and healthy-looking. If they are dry, brown, or easily detach from the crown, it could be a sign that the pineapple is overripe or past its prime.
  • The weight: A ripe pineapple should feel heavy for its size. This indicates that it has a higher water content, contributing to its juiciness.

Also, don’t worry if your chosen pineapples haven’t ripened yet. Leave them for a few days to let them ripen before cutting them off.

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How to Cut a Pineapple without waste?

Now that you have a ripe and ready tropical fruit in hand, bring it to the kitchen and follow our step-by-step guide for cutting a fresh pineapple. Below is a comparison of these two methods along with a detailed guide on how to cut a pineapple. With this cooking tip, cutting a pineapple will become an easy task that everyone can do.

You will need: 

– A pineapple

– A large sharp knife

– A small sharp knife (optional, if you apply “quick” method, you won’t need it)

– A cutting board

Instruction: 

Step 1. To remove the top and bottom of the pineapple, use a large sharp knife to make two cuts at both ends.

How to cut a pineapple
Remove top and bottom first.

Step 2. Slice off the skin of the pineapple following its round shape. With the “quick method,” place the knife behind the skin and pineapple eye and start to remove them. To cut a pineapple without waste, place the knife between the skin and the pineapple eye.

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Left: position of the knife for “quick method” to remove both skin and pineapple eye. Right: position of the knife for “no-waste” method.

Step 3. (Skip this step if you are following the quick method). It’s essential to remove pineapple eyes. Although they are not poisonous, they have a fibrous texture and can be unpleasant to consume. To do that, first, observe your pineapple to identify the spiral lines created by the pineapple eyes; then, use a small knife to carve out small wedges including the eyes. Obviously, the “without-waste” method saves more pineapple flesh than the “quick” one; however, it really takes more time!

how to cut a pineapple without waste
Try to find out the spiral lines created by the pineapple eyes…
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Then remove them with a small knife.

Step 4. Cut the pineapple vertically to obtain two equal halves. Place each half of the pineapple flat and slice it once more lengthwise to divide it into two equal parts. In total, we have 4 quarters.

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Left: “quick method” half. Right: “without waste method” half.

Step 5. Remove the core and cut the pineapple flesh into pieces. Now it’s ready to eat.

Pineapples are best consumed soon after purchase, but if you need to store them, place them in the refrigerator for no more than 5 days. It’s best to consume them all before they start to ferment. Enjoy pineapple as a fresh snack or in Thai pineapple fried rice, salad, Hawaiian pizza or pineapple chicken.

How to cut a pineapple? The 2 best methods

How to cut a pineapple? The 2 best methods

Yield: 1 pineapple
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Medium

Are you unsure about how to cut a pineapple? Don’t worry, the best two methods to cut it are here for you to choose, either “quick” or “without-waste” method.

Materials

  • Pineapple

Tools

  • A large sharp knife
  • A small sharp knife (optional)
  • Cutting board

Instructions

  1. To remove the top and the bottom of the pineapple, use a large sharp knife.How to cut a pineapple
  2. Slice off the skin of the pineapple following its round shape. With “quick method”, place the knife behind the skin and pineapple eye and start to remove them (left image). To cut a pineapple without waste, place the knife between the skin and the pineapple eye (right image). This will remove the skin only and leave the eye for another removal step.how to cut a pineapplehow to cut a pineapple
  3. (Skip this step if you are following quick method). It’s a must to remove pineapple eyes. First, observe your pineapple to figure out the spiral lines created by the pineapple eyes; then, use a small knife to carve small wedges including the eyes.how to cut a pineapple without wastehow to cut a pineapple
    Obviously, “without-waste” method saves more pineapple flesh than “quick” one; however, it’s really take more time!
  4. Cut the pineapple in a vertical direction to get two equal halves. Place each half of the pineapple on its flat, slice it once more lengthwise to divide it into two equal parts. We got 4 quarters in total. how to cut a pineapple
  5. Remove the core and cut pineapple flesh into piece.
    Now it's ready to eat!

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