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How to cut pineapples


Pineapple is a popular tropical fruit with spike-covered skin. We don't need special tools to cut a pineapple. All we need are a cutting board, a serrated knife, a vegetable peeler and of course a pineapple.

Before we start, we must choose the best pineapple. Here are some tips to shop the best pineapple:

- Pick a pineapple that is fresh, firm and ripe.
Try to pluck out one of the middle leaves. If the leaf comes out easily, the pineapple is ripe.

- Smell the pineapple. The smell should be strong, fresh and a little sweet. If it smells fermented, abandon it, find another pineapple.

- Make sure there is no soft or dark spot around the pineapple. If you find it, abandon it, find another pineapple.

In order to cut a pineapple, follow these simple steps:

1) First step of cutting a pineapple, we need to remove the top. Put down the pineapple on its side. Slice off the top of the pineapple with the leaves by cutting about an inch down into the top part of the flesh.

2) Now we need to remove the bottom. Keep the pineapple on its side. Slice off the bottom by cutting all the way through about an inch from the base of the fruit.

3) Then we need to remove the pineapple's spiky skin. Set the pineapple upright on its flat base. Use a sharp knife; slice off segments of the pineapple skin from top to bottom. It is important to leave the most amount of flesh possible on the pineapple, so avoid slicing too much fruit along with the skin. If there are any stray bits of skin left, cut them off with the knife.

4) Those knobby brown spots on the pineapple are not good to eat. Use a vegetable peeler handy to remove it or cut V-shaped indentations in the pineapple. The pineapple's skin won't be very smooth if we choose V-shaped method, but it is a good way to get rid of all the rough spots. Now the rest of the pineapple is safe to eat.

5) We have to choose either to cut the pineapple into chunks or rings.

- For chunks:
Set it upright on its base. Slice it in half from top to bottom. Cut both halves into halves. Read the next step to core each quarter of the pineapple.

- For Rings:
Lay the pineapple on its side, and slice it into circular segments that are about an inch thick. Read the next step to core each quarter of the pineapple.


6) The coring method differs depending on chunks or rings.

- For chunks:
Remove the pineapple core by setting each quarter upright and slicing off the core from top to bottom. Repeat with each quarter until all the quarters have been cored. Lie the quarters on their sides, and slice the pineapple into chunks of any size.

- For Rings:
Use knife to cut out the center circle in each ring. The center core is edible, but most people prefer not to eat it because of its tough and stringy texture. Repeat the coring with each circular segment until you have sliced the whole pineapple into rings.

Now we've finished cutting up our pineapple, we can serve it immediately or store it in the refrigerator to keep it fresh.

If we put it in the fridge, make sure to keep it in an airtight container to stay fresh for up to a week.

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