HOW TO: Cut a Pineapple
Pineapples are great any time of the year. You can throw them on the grill and let the heat caramelize the sugars a little bit...use them to flavor fish...dehydrate them for an on-the-go snack...even squeeze the juice to use as a tenderizer on red meat.
Picking out ripe pineapples isn't hard. Usually you can sniff the bottom (where gravity has pulled most of the sugar) in search of sweetness. You can also grasp the side of the fruit firmly and tug at one of the leaves in the crown. If it pulls out easily, the pineapple is ripe.
The problem is, how best to cut through all that clever armor plating Mother Nature created – and avoid the core?
You can certainly buy one of those pineapple coring devices, but if you are old school or just stubborn, try this Simple Shortcut: