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!