This gorgeous fruit might be daunting for some to break into, and that might lead them to the canned fruit isle of the market. Don’t do it! (Well, unless it’s in the middle of winter and you’re really craving tropical flavors — or — if you want to simultaneously use the juice from the can as part what you’re making.) Once you peel and cut a pineapple for the first time you’ll realize how easy it is.
And the best part? For me, it’s after I make the first cut and the pineapple scent seeps into the room — if I close my eyes, I’m in Hawaii.
Off we go . . .
Stand the pineapple upright on the bottom base you’ve just created. Then to remove the skin, cut, moving your knife downwards into the fruit, just inside the skin. You’ll curve your knife slightly to follow the shape of the pineapple.
Remove the “eyes” — these are the remaining spots of skin on the surface of the pineapple. Rather than removing each one, one at a time, use a Paring knife to make diagonal cuts, following the line of the eyes. Then do this on the opposite side of them, making a V-shaped space.
Slice the pineapple.
Now you can slice and dice your pineapple any which way you want, and enjoy it’s deliciously sweet flavor.