How To Cut A Pineapple

Learn how to cut a pineapple with this simple video tutorial.

Learn how to cut a pineapple with this step-by-step video, plus tips on how to select, store, and cook with fresh pineapple! | gimmesomeoven.com

Calling all of my fellow pineapple lovers! 🍍💛🍍💛🍍

Today’s new How-To Tuesday video is dedicated to all of you love a good bite of juicy, sweet, and oh-so-delicious fresh pineapple.  But maybe — like me, for so many years — may have never known exactly how to best hack into a whole pineapple.  Or how to select one at the market that is perfectly ripe.  Or how to store pineapple before or after it has been cut.  Or where to find good fresh pineapples on sale.  Or — the most delicious question — what on earth to cook with it once it’s ready to go!

Well, for anyone pine-ing to learn more about the mighty pineapple — I’ve got you covered.  😘

How To Select A Ripe Pineapple:

To find a ripe pineapple, I recommend looking for one that:

  • is plump (not to soft or squishy)
  • has healthy green leaves on top (not too brown or wilted)
  • has a sweet and fresh smell
  • feel nice and heavy

(Pro tip: If you’re looking for good pineapple at a great price, I’ve been in the habit for years of picking one up each time I go to ALDI.  Their fresh pineapples are absolutely delicious, and almost always priced between $1-2 each.)

How To Cut A Fresh Pineapple:

Grab a good knife and a solid cutting board, and make it happen!

How To Store Fresh Pineapple:

Whole, uncut pineapple can either be stored:

  • at room temperature (it will ripen much more quickly this way, so heads up that it may only last from 1-3 days)
  • in the refrigerator (it will last much longer this way, up to 1-2 weeks)

Cut fresh pineapple can be stored in an airtight container in the:

  • refrigerator, for up to 5-7 days
  • freezer, for up to 3 months

What To Make With Fresh Pineapple:

That is, assuming you don’t just dig in with a fork and eat the entire fruit right away.  😉  (Which I 100% recommend, by the way.  Plain, freshly-cut pineapple will forever be my favorite!)

If you have some restraint and feel like cooking, here are a few of my favorite recipes to make with fresh pineapple:

Enjoy!

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  1. Tieghan — May 8, 2013 @ 7:49 am (#)

    Nothing beats fresh pineapple! I love your photos! So pretty!

  2. Tracey — May 8, 2013 @ 7:59 am (#)

    I remember feeling so incredibly overwhelmed the first time I bought a fresh pineapple. Wish I’d had your tutorial back then :) Gorgeous pics Ali!

  3. carrian — May 8, 2013 @ 8:22 am (#)

    I’m all about the how-to’s! This is perfect!

  4. Daniel @warmth Delgado — May 8, 2013 @ 8:23 am (#)

    Intuitively I have done exactly that all my life… Cool!

  5. Racheal @ Running with Racheal — May 8, 2013 @ 9:27 am (#)

    After your Aldi posts I buy at least one pineapple a week! Thanks for the tutorial, although I don’t toss the core – I eat it too. Ha!

  6. Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — May 8, 2013 @ 9:43 am (#)

    Great tutorial, Ali! Thanks!

  7. Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste — May 8, 2013 @ 10:01 am (#)

    Love this tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Lauren@ Climbing Grier Mountain — May 8, 2013 @ 3:18 pm (#)

    Love the tutorial! Thanks, Ali!

  9. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — May 8, 2013 @ 3:55 pm (#)

    This will be indispensible for all my pineapple cocktail-making this summer! Great tutorial and photos, Ali!

  10. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — May 9, 2013 @ 12:44 am (#)

    Great tutorial! It’s so funny the questions we food bloggers get asked ;).

  11. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — May 9, 2013 @ 2:23 am (#)

    Such a great tutorial! I always struggle when cutting pineapples!

  12. Nabeela — May 9, 2013 @ 5:13 am (#)

    A really great tutorial, always seen my mum cutting pineapple but never actually grasped it! We always eat the core too though!

  13. Nancy/SpicieFoodie — May 10, 2013 @ 2:14 pm (#)

    What a great how to guide! I also cut my pineapple this way. What a lucky neighbor you have to share your knowledge. Thanks Ali!:)

  14. Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl — May 10, 2013 @ 3:25 pm (#)

    Thank you for posting this! I was often intimidated by the idea of buying a whole pineapple, simply due to the fact that I was never quite sure how to easily cut it up. Now I know! :)

  15. Nutmeg Nanny — May 13, 2013 @ 2:20 pm (#)

    This is a great tutorial. I remember being intimidated by pineapples, I wish I had this then :)

  16. Mandy — May 14, 2013 @ 11:33 pm (#)

    I love fresh pineapples! I often will buy one, cut it up on Sunday, then eat it through the week. I never considered discarding the core though. Maybe it gives me extra fiber? I hope so!

  17. Healthy Grocery Girl — May 16, 2013 @ 2:43 pm (#)

    Love this post!
    Super helpful for a lot of people who don’t realize they don’t know how to do this until they find themselves in a stare off with a pineapple on the kitchen cutting board.

  18. michael — December 30, 2013 @ 6:11 am (#)

    very wasteful way to cut a pineapple.
    Asian countries do this in a far more elegant way: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wLuTshD2xE

  19. Karen Swank — February 12, 2014 @ 2:44 pm (#)

    Thank you so very much for this recipe..Our local store had pineapples on sale for .99.. So my husband and i figured lets see if you can can them. and sure enough,you can.

  20. Adrienne | Appetites Anonymous — February 7, 2017 @ 2:32 pm (#)

    Love me some pineapple! Great tutorial :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 7th, 2017 @ 9:35 pm

      Thanks, Adrienne — we hope you find this helpful! :)

  21. Susan — February 7, 2017 @ 2:39 pm (#)

    I had also heard that a way to test for ripeness is if one of the top leaves pulls out easily (I think you pick one closer to the pineapple body).  I just wish we could get pineapples from Thailand – those are the only ones I’ve had that were truly sweet and not really acid.  I think ones from Costa Rica are also good.  I’m glad to see such a simple method for preparing them, that doesn’t require a pineapple coring device…

  22. Greta — February 7, 2017 @ 3:28 pm (#)

    Have you ever tried growing a pineapple from the crown leaves? I’m always tempted to try! Have also heard if you can gently pull one of the top leaves out, then it’s ripe. It has always worked for me!

  23. Kari — February 7, 2017 @ 4:45 pm (#)

    I love this because I never buy the whole pineapple. I’m intimidated to try cutting it!
    Kari

  24. Lynne mohr — February 7, 2017 @ 5:19 pm (#)

    One word . . . Grapefruit knife. 

  25. Becky S — February 8, 2017 @ 10:38 am (#)

    The core of the pineapple contains high levels of an enzyme called “bromelain,” which is a naturally occurring anti-inflammatory. So, eat up!

  26. Melissa — February 8, 2017 @ 12:46 pm (#)

    Pineapple is my FAVORITE fruit of all time! I loved your video. You demonstrated a much easier (and safe!) method of cutting than I have been doing my whole life! I will start doing it your way from now on :) Thanks for the tutorial!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 8th, 2017 @ 8:15 pm

      Thank you, Melissa! We’re so happy you found this helpful!

  27. Emily — February 8, 2017 @ 7:49 pm (#)

    I was just thinking about pineapples this week b/c I was reading your ALDI 101 series! Maybe now I’ll pick one up – I’m motivated ;)

  28. Chefxchange — February 9, 2017 @ 5:30 am (#)

    Ah this is great! Firstly, I love the pun. And the video is great, I always see step-by-step with a picture guide, but the video makes is seem so much easier. I always try and just cut through the core, rather than round it, so next time i’m going to try your way! Thank you

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 9th, 2017 @ 2:58 pm

      Thank you, we’re glad you found this helpful! :)

  29. Megan — February 14, 2017 @ 11:09 pm (#)

    First time commenter here! I thought this video was great, but I have a secret extra step that makes every pineapple taste amazing. Cut the top off, then place the pineapple upside-down in a bowl and let it settle for at least ten minutes 10 minutes. Then continue with the rest of the cutting/slicing/chopping. This method lets all the juices that have settled in the bottom of the pineapple to disperse throughout the rest of the flesh, making every bite taste juicy and amazing.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 15th, 2017 @ 1:27 pm

      That’s really cool and we’ll have to give that a try, thanks for sharing with us, Megan! :)

  30. Joe — February 22, 2017 @ 5:38 am (#)

    If anyone questions the fact that God exists, show them a pineapple!

  31. Tina — March 2, 2017 @ 8:05 am (#)

    I love pineapple but I always wonder which one is ripe and how exactly to cut it.. It’s a constant battle… Thaks for the video, it looks so easy the way you do it!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 7th, 2017 @ 2:11 pm

      You’re welcome, Tina — we’re glad you found this helpful!