Last week I was at Subway grabbing a sandwich for lunch. I had my back turned to the counter as I chatted with my sister, who had just ordered the turkey, bacon, and avocado sub. In the middle of our conversation she lowered her head and mumbled, “Um, looks like someone could really use an Our Best Bites tutorial on how to cut an avocado…” I turned to see a gawky teenage boy absolutely murdering the poor thing. It’s at times like these that I realize our simple little tutorials on “how to cut a…” really do have the potential to revolutionize the world. Or at least make some of your lives easier!
We’ve done mango, kiwi, watermelon, corn on the cob, ginger, jalapenos, and much much more. (Check out our Tips and Tutorials Page for a full list. Well, a mostly full list. We admittedly suck at updating our indexes.) Summer is a great season for pineapple so I figured it was about time we add this beauty to the list!
Repeat this step around the pineapple until all of the skin is off. If you still have some little pits in there, just use a paring knife, or the edge of a vegetable peeler to remove them.
At this point, you could cut the pineapple into slices, and use a paring knife to remove the core.
More often though, I need chunks, and in that case just cut the entire pineapple in half from top to bottom, and then cut both halves in half so you have 4 pieces like this:
Now let me show you one of my favorite kitchen gadgets. I have a million gadgets, and half of them aren’t really all that useful and end up sitting on shelves and in cupboards (but note that they look really cool sitting there…) This one really does get used all the time. It’s a pineapple cutter. They’re really inexpensive and you can even find them a lot of times in the produce section of the grocery store, next to the pineapple. That’s where my Mom discovered them years ago and our family has been using them, and giving them as gifts ever since.
The pineapple is a symbol of hospitality, so I think one of these cool cutters along with a fresh pineapple makes a great housewarming or hostess gift. Plus it’s unique. Who else will get them a pineapple cutter?? You’ll be the coolest friend ever.
Note that in most recipes you can substitute fresh for canned.