When I make my weekly trek to Whole Paychex, there is a 90% chance you will see a container of diced pineapple in the cart in addition to the SousPug’s diced watermelon and honeydew melon. I love to keep it in the fridge to snack on, especially in the spring and summer months and it’s great with homemade yogurt, cottage cheese, etc. I also keep some canned pineapple in the pantry for some slow cooker dishes, like my Honey Garlic Chicken, but, in my opinion, there is nothing like the taste of fresh pineapple. Whenever I would see ripe pineapples standing at attention in the grocery store, I thought “Meh – I don’t have TIME to cut up a WHOLE pineapple – I’m BUSY! Heck – I don’t even know HOW to cut a pineapple!”
Recently, while doing my grocery shopping, I did my usual circle to the produce cooler to pick up the containers of diced fruit. While moseying over to grab a bag of cherries, another favorite must-have, I noticed that the whole pineapple was almost the same price as my little teeny container of diced pineapple goodness. The decision was made – I had to face my fear of the pineapple and in the cart it went, sending the teeny container of diced pineapple back to the shelf for another customer to love.
Can I confess something – I. Was. Stupid! Seriously – the hardest part was resisting the urge to eat the whole bowl. So simple and, for those others that fear the pineapple, let me show you how easy it is to go from one big pineapple to your own large container of diced pineapple sweetness.
Gather your tools: Pineapple, Sharp Chef’s Knife, Cutting Board. How easy is that?
I switched out the cutting board for a plastic one in case it got TOO juicy. Time to cut off the stem in one swoop. Also, you need to cut off the base to make a solid surface.
Using your knife, cut down the sides, removing the rind and eyes.
See that core – you don’t want to eat that. It can be really bitter.
Slice into quarters, around the core, much like you would do with a mango and then dice. It’s that easy.
Have you ever sliced and diced a pineapple? Have any tips and tricks to share?
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