There are few pleasures in the world that compare to the golden fleshy goodness of pineapples. The summer delicacy is perfect by itself but is even better when paired with succulent chunks of steak on a hazy summer night. What else can compare to fresh pineapple?
That’s right, I said FRESH pineapple. Utterly intimidating I know. The prickly skin and spiky green leaves jutting from the top can deter even the biggest fruit advocate. I’ve always wanted to be the kind of woman who can causally buy a pineapple and know exactly what to do with it. Turns out, however, that I was not that kind of woman. I’d convinced myself that pineapple cutting required a machete and some secret knowledge I was unaware of. Then, one day I went to the farmers market and there they were; gleaming with a handwritten sign that read “Pineapples– 2 for $5”. Aside from loving pineapples, I love a good deal so I swallowed my fear and bought them.
When I got home I did a bit of research along with some trial and error (I did buy 2 after all). I am here to tell you all that it was a breeze & I didn’t need a machete. The days of buying canned pineapples drenched in heavy syrup and a slight metallic after taste are long gone. I want you to kiss those days goodbye too so here is how you peel, cut, and enjoy a fresh pineapple in 4 easy steps:
1. Slice off the top and bottom
2. With the pineapple standing up, slice off the skin. The skin is fairly thick so make sure your slices are deep enough.
3. Once your pineapple is naked, cut it in fourths length wise. Cut the fours into snack size pieces.
4. Break up with prepackaged pineapples immediately. A breakup text should suffice.
Editors Note: To make sure your pineapple is ready for eating, pluck one of the green leaves from the top. If it slips out easily, its ready! Happy eating!