How To Cut a Pineapple

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Oh, daylight saving time, I could kiss you! I know we’re only on day 2, but the effects are already measurable. I swear it was light out until 8:00 last night, and it makes me feel.so.happy! :D

In other news, my calves are screamin’ today! Second day soreness from the jumping jacks and jump roping in my 8 minute at-home cardio circuit has definitely settled in. Want killer calves? Jump rope. ;)

As I mentioned last night, I used some unsweetened vanilla almond breeze in this morning’s breakfast of a Banana Almond Protein Smoothie!

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In the mix:

  • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond breeze
  • 1 Tablespoon almond butter
  • 1/2 Tablespoon chia seeds

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I’ve been meaning to tell you about whey protein powder since I got it from my iherb.com shopping spree awhile ago. Whey protein is a by-product of turning milk into cheese, although it is lactose free.

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It’s also high in amino acids, great for muscle building, low in fat and high in protein. I like it because this particular brand/flavor tastes great and really gives me a lasting, full feeling without adding a ton of extra calories.

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So into the smoothie it went! Blend, blend, blend and out comes a delicious, frothy, smoothie! It tasted like a banana milkshake, MMMMM! I stuck mine in the freezer last night and am letting it thaw right now so I can eat it with a spoon this morning. I like my smoothies best that way, because they last a long time!

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For lunch today, I packed a big, Mixed Salad.

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In the mix:

  • Mixed greens
  • Spinach
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Dried cranberries
  • Low-sodium deli turkey
  • Almonds

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Have I ever told you that I have low iron levels? I do, so eating things like spinach really helps to keep my energy levels up. A multivitamin (and chia seeds) helps with the rest.

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To be tossed in some Annie’s Lite Raspberry Vinaigrette. :D

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Oh and some fresh pineapple that I cut up this weekend!

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Speaking of… The last time I cut up a fresh pineapple, several of you said you didn’t know how to cut one up. Trust me, I’ve been there. I remember the first time I brought one home, I was like – mmmkay, what now?! Fear not, I’ll show you. :)

How to cut a pineapple:

Print this tutorial!

1. I’ve found that selecting a pineapple which is light green/yellow in overall color yields the sweetest fruit. You also know it’s ripe when you pull a green “frond” from the top and it plucks out easily.

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2. Lay the pineapple on it’s side on a big cutting surface. With a sharp knife, cut the bottom and top ends off.

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Note: I like to keep a trash bag next to the pineapple so I can just throw all the scraps in there easily.

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3. Place the pineapple right side up on one of the newly cut sides.

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4. Using a sharp knife, cut the rind off the fruit, following the natural curve of the pineapple.

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5. Once you have all the rind off, go back over the fruit to remove any of the hard “eyes” that remain.

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6. Cut your pineapple in half length wise.

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7. Cut each half in half, so you now have 4 quarters.

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8. Place a quarter flat side down and, placing your knife at an angle, cut out the tough core.

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9. Cut the cored quarter into slices lengthwise, and chop!

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See? It’s not so hard! It truly gets easier every time you do it too, so get to practicing! ;)

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With that, I’m out like a trout. Have a wonderful Monday and enjoy the suuuuunshiiiiine!

PS In case you missed it, check out my quick & easy St. Patrick’s Day Chocolate Mint Pie recipe. It’s a tasty dessert, perfect for any festivities this week!

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What’s your heritage?

I have Czechoslovakian on my Mom’s side, and Welsch on my Dad’s!

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Comments

  1. That is a good idea having a bag right there – I usually end up with a giant mess. I am German, Irish and French!

  2. Another tip I heard about picking a ripe pineapple? The eyes/ round spots on the pineapple should be the same size and color, bottom to top, on the pineapple. Of course it should smell amazing, too!

  3. Thanks for the pineapple tutorial! I love pineapple & get it all the time but I STILL struggle chopping it

    I am 50% Swiss :D

  4. I’ve never thought of freezing a smoothie so it’s like ice cream the next day…I am SO doing that, thankyou!
    I’m a bit of everything – Dutch, Scottish, Italian, German, (plain old English..) – I’m very European! But I can’t speak any of those languages, bar a bit of GCSE German lol!

  5. Sarah R 03.15.2010

    Another tip: save your pineapple cores and freeze them. They are great thrown into smoothies!

  6. I’m about 75% Portuguese with a little Scottish and English thrown in from my grandfather on my mom’s side :smile: Actually, I’m going to put up a fantastic Portuguese recipe on St. Patrick’s day to show a little Portugues pride! Come on over and check it out on Wednesday!

  7. Run Sarah 03.15.2010

    Thanks for the tutorial! Whenever I cut up a pineapple its a total hack job and I lose half the fruit.

  8. Jenny 03.15.2010

    Ahh! I love pinapples… and all this sun and light is making me want a pina colada now!!

    That will have to wait… off to work!

  9. the wicked noodle 03.15.2010

    That salad looks awesome, and so does that fresh pineapple! I’m also with you on the DST – it’s fabulous!

  10. Daisy 03.15.2010

    thanks so much for the pinneapple cutting lesson! I recently made a salad that called for pinneapple and (gasp) I used canned because I was too lazy to cut the real thing! I should get practicing!!

  11. Graze With Me 03.15.2010

    I just cut up a pineapple last night using the exact same method. I even thought about doing a how-to post about it but it was too dark in my kitchen! Looks like you beat me to it. :)

    My mom is 100% English and my dad is German, Black Irish, Swiss & Scottish.

  12. I’m going to have to get a pineapple soon!
    I’m German and Swedish.

  13. Thanks for the pineapple tips! Nothing like fresh pineapple… not a thing.
    Your smoothie sounds so good!

  14. AP 03.15.2010

    I’ve got a European mix going with my heritage – Czech, German, Irish, and Danish – that I know of. My name is Czech though so if anyone asks that’s usually how I respond. I’m jealous of your pineapple and your cutting skills!

  15. I love eating my smoothies with a spoon too :-)

  16. Evan Thomas 03.15.2010

    I’m such a mishmosh of Italian, Polish, French Canadian, and Welsch Canadian

  17. Sandy 03.15.2010

    oh how i would love to eat pineapples and watermelon right now! you are totally making my mouth water. thanks for the tutorial on cutting pineapple… i always just make my husband do it b/c i always feel like they are a beast to cut!

  18. jen 03.15.2010

    I’m a little bit English, a little bit American Indian and a lot German.

    Your pineapple looks so delish! I’ll have to keep an eye out for a sale!

  19. Jessica 03.15.2010

    So cool- my Mom is slovak too, my grandparents came over from Slovakia :)
    thanks for the advice on the pineapple- have to cut my pineapple tonight!

  20. Wendy 03.15.2010

    You can have your daylight savings time! It takes me several days to adjust when the time changes – either way. Blech.

    My heritage, as far as I know, is 100% German!

  21. Kaitlin 03.15.2010

    Oh my gosh, I did your 8-minute at home cardio circuit yesterday and my calves are a-burnin’ today…and I went running this morning so tomorrow will probably be worse! I loved the circuit though, so easy to do in my room, but it really got me sweating!
    Have a great day!

  22. Melinda 03.15.2010

    We haven’t had Day light savings yet, still 2 more weeks for Europe. It is good for me since I teach on eastern standard time, so I will be getting an extra hour of sleep tonight as my 8 pm seminar which is usually 12 am for me here, will be 11 pm and that rocks.

    Pineapple is fantastic. The island offers this locally and many restaurants serve it grilled or flambeed.

  23. kate 03.15.2010

    pineapple is hands down my favorite food. it makes you instant-happy! have a great monday!

  24. That’s how I cut mine too. And it takes no time at all. Of course eating it takes no time at all too :-)

    I’m german on my dad’s side and welsh and scottish on my mom’s.

  25. Thanks for the tutorial! Its a lot simpler than the way my mom cuts it. All my Asian friends say their mom’s/grandma’s cut it this way: http://www.myasiankitchenny.com/2009/03/cutting-perfect-pineapple.html

    I have anemia right now so I’m all about the spinach/massaged kale salads. Will we be seeing some of your pineapple in the form of a tropical salad? ;)

    I’m Vietnamese on Mom’s side and Chinese on Dad’s. Dedicated Fiance is Irish & French…We’re going to have Mutts one day! =)

    Happy Monday!

  26. I actually don’t mind cutting a pineapple, but this was a great demonstration. I always love your demos. Yummy looking salad!

  27. Sara 03.15.2010

    Fresh pineapple is the best! My heritage is: Czechoslovakian, Portuguese, Spanish, Germany, Chinese and Hawaiian. Yea…I’m a mutt.

  28. I’m 50/50 for heritage – French and Norwegian – which is pretty cool since most people nowadays are a mix of everything!

  29. Maura 03.15.2010

    Love the tutorial! Thanks!! I’m 100% irish…my name may have given it away. :)

  30. Amy 03.15.2010

    I love the pineapple tutorial! If I had it a couple months ago I might not have bought my Pampered Chef pineapple corer, but I’m still pretty happy with that purchase.
    I’m a big mix of nationalities. The biggest part if 1/4 Dutch. Everything else is too small to put percentages on including German, English, Native American, Irish, and other stuff.

  31. Arati 03.15.2010

    I dont buy pineapple just because its so hard to cut; but I am going to go for it IGE :)
    Mom and Dad both are from India… I am 100% Indian living in US…. :)

  32. heather 03.15.2010

    best pineapple prep instructions i’ve seen(i was once instructed to ream out the core with a metal skewer, so gross!).

    i’m irish on my mom’s side and irish-dutch on my dad’s side, and we’re a firefighting family from new york…nothing like a stereotype. my family can’t wait to get their colcannon(mashed potato-and-kale casserole)and ham on this week. try colcannon some time, i’d be interested to hear your take on it!

  33. Loli 03.15.2010

    One more tip for cutting your pineapple. Turn it upside down an hour before cutting to let the sugars distribute throughout the pineapple. Learned that trick when we visited the dole pineapple plantation here on Oahu!

  34. I love adding frozen bananas to smoothies! It makes them so smooth and creamy. Who needs ice?

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  38. Tracy Parish 05.02.2010

    Thanks for the tutorial! I bought a “whole” pineapple only because I remembered you had a tutorial on your blog! AWESOME, sweet, and DELISH!

    Thanks Again!

  39. john lee 05.17.2010

    hi, i got the same way to cut pineapple. but my wife always say it is to waste to cut like that, she cut the pineapple in different way . after she cutting the pineapple looks like the yellow spin. ahh… i am chinese in ghana.

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  43. Kenzie 08.29.2010

    I just bought a pineapple peeler or something but came to this site because I can’t figure the blasted thing out! It is so complicated.. Thank you for your complete directions and pictures! They helped so much. Kudos.
    -Kenzie
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  47. I feel like cutting pineapple is like one of the hardest things sometimes… thanks for sharing the step by step pictures!!

  48. Aqiyl Aniys 03.24.2014

    Thanks for the tips. I have always been reluctant to buy a whole pineapple because I didn’t know how to pick ripe ones or even how to cut them.

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