How to: Pick and Cut a Pineapple

With each new summer, people wonder how to cut a pineapple correctly, and the truth is – there’s no wrong or right way. There is an easy way, however, and we’ll walk you through it step-by-step.
Step One: Pick Your Pineapple –
Smell. Your nose is the most important tool here. When you pick a ripe pineapple it should, in fact, smell like a pineapple. It should have that sweet smell if it’s ready. The best place to smell for this is at the bottom of the fruit.
There are a few other tricks for picking the ripest pineapple, but smelling it is the tried and true method that most people swear by.
Step Two: Prepare Your Pineapple –
It’s highly suggested that, just like any other fruit, you wash your pineapple first with either warm water or with a fruit cleansing spray that you can find in your local grocery store. Though you don’t eat the outside of a pineapple, when you cut through the outside rind, any contaminates can be transferred into the pineapple itself, contaminating the fruit.
Once you’re done washing, pick your knife. We suggest a sharp and durable blade such as a Chef’s Knife or a Cook’s Knife. The thicker blade of either of these two knives allow you to cut through more of the large fruit than a tiny steak knife or paring knife. You can find a great selection of knifes to select from in our cutlery category.
Step Three: Start Cutting –
The best way to begin cutting your pineapple is to slice off the top part of the pineapple, with the leaves, and then the bottom part. Slice as close to the rind as you possibly can to preserve more of the fruit.
Next, you’ll want to cut off the sides of the pineapple. This is best done by standing the fruit up and simply slicing down longways along the sides. It will probably take you about five passes to get all the sides off.
You’re almost done! Next you’ll want to slice your pineapple into rings. This helps you get the core out faster. Now that you’ve got your slices, grab a paring knife to cut out the core. Stack a few rings at a time to do this. Once the core is out, either keep it in rings or turn your rings into pineapple pieces by dicing it. For this, continue to use your Cook’s Knife or Chef’s Knife.
Voila! You’re done. It’s much simpler than people think especially with Public Kitchen Supply’s wide selection of high-quality cutlery to make the slicing go faster. If you’re looking for more than just the tools we’ve used here, simply visit Public Kitchen Supply on the web

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