How to Cut a Pineapple (2 ways!)

First, using a large, sharp butcher knife, cut the top off of the pineapple.

Pretty, huh? I remember learning in Math class how the pattern on a pineapple is actually based off of fractals. Though I’d like to deny the fact, math really is everywhere.

Making sure the pineapple is stable on your cutting board, cut the pineapple in half lengthwise.

Then cut one of the halves in half lengthwise again to make two quarters. Leave the other half intact; we're going to use this half for our second method of cutting a pineapple. The method that follows is the method I found in a cookbook and was printed on the pineapple's tag.

Cut out the fibrous core on each of the two pineapple quarters as shown in the photo above. When I was a little girl, I loved gnawing on the core as I waited for my mom to finish cutting the rest of the pineapple.

With a sharp paring knife, carefully cut the skin away from the flesh. It may take a little wiggling of the knife to remove the skin fully.

Now you have a substantial chunk of pineapple that is cored and has the skin removed. But we're not done yet!

Gotta remove those prickly little dibbets. Pull out your paring knife again and carefully cut out those little guys. Don't worry; though it looks like we've cut away half the pineapple, there's still plenty of pineapple goodness left for us to enjoy.

Flip it over and slice that little puppy into pieces. Repeat with the other quarter pineapple.

Now we will try the method I prefer for cutting a pineapple, the way I remember my mom cutting a pineapple. Grab the other half of the pineapple and cut off the bottom so the pineapple is very stable when set upright.

Stand the pineapple upright on your cutting board. With your large, sharp butcher knife, slice off the skin. So much easier and safer than wiggling around your paring knife to remove the skin as in the previous method.

Remove the dibbets with your paring knife. Sometimes it helps to hold the pineapple in one hand and remove the dibbets with the other. This way you can get a better angle than if you left it on the cutting board. Then cut the pineapple half in half lengthwise, remove the core and slice.

Whew! Cutting a pineapple is a lot of work and makes quite a mess.

It was worth it, though, because now we have a big bowl of pineapple to munch on. Enjoy!


5 Thoughts on “How to Cut a Pineapple (2 ways!)

  1. Sam on May 5, 2010 at 3:29 PM said:

    Looks so delicious! It’s really an art to cut it the right way.

    • andrealein on May 5, 2010 at 8:21 PM said:

      It is pretty delicious, though I’m sure it doesn’t come close to how delicious pineapples must taste when they’re picked ripe and eaten on the spot. I think this calls for a trip to taste pineapple at the source!

  2. OK, it is time for a face-off. I brought home a pineapple in my market basket that is waiting to be cut-up. I will time how long it takes me. You do the same and then we’ll see who knows their pineapplanatomy the best! Are we on?

    • andrealein on May 7, 2010 at 3:18 PM said:

      Dearest Mother,

      Dare I compete against you in a pineapple cutting face-off? While you have years of pineapple cutting experience under your belt, this is the first pineapple I have ever cut. I concede you are the superior pineappleanatomist. And I already cut my pineapple, which means I’d have to buy another. ;)

      Yours Ever Loving,

  3. Crescent Rainwater on May 9, 2010 at 5:59 AM said:

    Gorgeous pictures and extremely helpful. I tend to steer away from fresh pineapples because I feel like I don’t know what I’m doing. I’ll definitely be referring back to this.

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