Friday, April 17, 2009

How to Gut a Pineapple

I got two of these bad boys for $5 at Shaw's. If you've never tackled a fresh pineapple, the spikes and armadillo-like exterior can be pretty intimidating. But this quick and easy method of preparing pineapple for grilling, freezing, or snacking takes no longer than peeling and chopping a potato.

If instead of chunks you want fancy pineapple rings, take a look at

First, twist and pull off the spiky leaves. Wear an oven mitt if you'd like!

Use a sharp knife to quarter the pineapple lengthwise.

Trim away the strip of tough core that grows in the center of the pineapple.

Slice each length of pineapple into approximately 1-inch wide slices.

Trim the tough skin from each slice.

Cut these slices into smaller chunks or use them as they are.

Enjoy your pineapple in sorbet, smoothies, kebabs, on pizza, or as a snack by itself!


  1. Aww your doggies look so cute trying the pineapple!

  2. Great tutorial! I always find those whole pineapples enticing but rather intimidating to dismantle.

  3. I actually wanted to know this bit of information! I am thankful for this post!

  4. Hi LeAnne,

    I figured it was one of those things that vegans ought to know how to do but might be too shy to ask. I just learned last summer! Pineapples look really tricky with all those spikes, but this is very, very easy and so much juicier and more flavorful than pineapple in a can.

    Coconut, on the other hand, is obnoxious. There will be no coconut tutorial because it isn't pretty.

  5. hi...
    i mimi...
    i recomended u to use ripe pine apple...
    because unripe pineapple is also poison....


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