How to Cut a Pineapple

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Here’s the easiest way to cut a pineapple, whether you want rings or chunks! Need tips on how to choose a ripe pineapple or how to store it? I’ll answer those questions too!

Walk to the produce section of your grocery store and I’m sure you’ll see those big tubes of precut fruit screaming “convenience!” and calling your name. As you get closer, you’ll probably notice slimy, cut weeks ago, little pieces of fruit that have the biggest, rotten old price tag.

One of the worst offenders? Pineapple. I used to buy precut pineapple all the time, thinking how in the world do you cut all those prickly prickles off a whole pineapple? “No way am I messing with that!”

Well guess what? Once I cut one pineapple and found out how easy it was to slice and dice, I will never go back to those precut, sad little pieces again. Save yourself a couple of bucks and bite into juicy, fresh pineapple in just 5 minutes. Use in a Mango Smoothie, in a big Burrata Salad, or at breakfast with your morning Over Easy Eggs and Cold Brew Coffee.

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Step-By-Step: How to Cut a Pineapple

Here’s how to easily cut a pineapple! All you need is a sharp chef’s knife, a cutting board, and if you want, a cookie cutter or reusable water bottle for rings. The full details, and video to help guide you, are in the recipe card! Let’s do this:

  • Trim the top and bottom. Cut off the top and the bottom of the pineapple.
Cut the top and bottom off.
  • Remove the skin. Cut off the very outside of the pineapple, which is the skin.
Remove the skin.
  • Remove the eyes. You might notice there are little brown eyes left on the pineapple flesh. Use a paring knife to scoop out the eyes. Or run your knife along the outside of the pineapple and shave off an extra thin layer.
Cut out the pineapple eyes.
  • For pineapple rings, place the pineapple on its side and cut into slices.
Cut the pineapple into slices.
  • After slicing, use a 1 inch cookie cutter or the mouth of a reusable water bottle to remove the core in the center each slice.
Remove the core for rings.
  • For pineapple chunks, slice the pineapple lengthwise into quarters. You’ll see the quarters each have a bit of core. Cut off the core.
Cut out the core for chunks.
  • Slice each quarter into chunks!
Cut the quarters into chunks.

How to Tell if a Pineapple Is Ripe

Never pick an unripe pineapple again! Here are the biggest clues:

  • Color: if the pineapple has a golden hue, that’s a good sign that the pineapple is ripe. If the pineapple is totally green, it’s likely too early to pick.
  • Firmness: pick a pineapple that has a slight give but is still firm. If it’s mushy, the pineapple is overripe. Rock hard? It’s underripe.
  • Smell: get your nose up on in there! Sniff the base of the pineapple. It should smell sweet and fragrant. If there’s no smell, it’s probably underripe. If it smells sour, it’s overripe and fermented.
How to pick a ripe pineapple

How to Store Pineapple

A whole pineapple should be cut within 2 to 3 days from purchasing, if stored at room temperature. Stored in the fridge, it can last up to 5 days.

Once cut, store the pieces in an airtight container for 3-5 days depending on how ripe the pineapple was when cut.

You can freeze the pineapple slices and chunks too! Place them in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until solid. Once solid, transfer them to a freezer-safe container. They will last for up to 6 months for smoothies or other recipes!

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How to Cut a Pineapple

Here’s the easiest way to cut a pineapple, whether you want rings or chunks! Need tips on how to choose a ripe pineapple or how to store it? I’ll answer those questions too!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Snack, tips & tricks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: spring, summer
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 57kcal
Author: Tastefully Grace

Equipment

  • 1 inch cookie cutter or sturdy reusable water bottle (for rings)
  • Paring knife (optional)

Ingredients

  • 1 pineapple

Instructions

  • Trim the top and bottom. With a sharp knife, cut the top and the bottom of the pineapple off.
  • Remove the skin. Cut off the very outside of the pineapple, which is the rind/skin.
  • Remove the eyes. You might notice there are little brown dimples or eyes left on the pineapple flesh. Use a paring knife to scoop out the eyes. Or you can run your knife along the outside of the pineapple and shave off a thin layer to remove the eyes.
  • For pineapple rings, place the pineapple on its side and cut into slices.
  • After slicing, use a 1 inch cookie cutter or the mouth of a sturdy, reusable water bottle to remove the core in the center of each slice.
  • For pineapple chunks, slice the pineapple lengthwise into quarters. You’ll see the quarters each have a bit of core.
  • Cut the core off and then slice each quarter into whatever sized chunks you’d like!

Video

Notes

  • Store cut pineapple in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days depending how ripe it is.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving (about 1/2 cup) | Calories: 57kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 123mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 66IU | Vitamin C: 54mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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6 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    May 17, 2024 / 7:20 pm

    5 stars
    Will be using your tips on how to select a ripe pineapple next time!

  2. Anonymous
    May 17, 2024 / 7:17 pm

    5 stars
    Such helpful instructions! Can’t wait to add to our next brunch spread.

  3. Rico C
    May 17, 2024 / 3:35 pm

    5 stars
    I prefer the rings!! super easy

    • May 19, 2024 / 11:23 am

      Can’t beat the classic rings! Thanks Rico!

      Grace

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