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Step By Step: How to Cut a Pineapple

Updated on June 7, 2015

Keep it Clean

In case you weren't aware, the outside of fruits are FILTHY!! You have no idea where these fruits have been or who has handled them. Could there be fecal matter on the outside? Yuck! While yes, pineapple are washed off, they are still not sanitary.

The majority of the blogs I've seen on how to cut a pineapple show the fruit flesh, the part you eat, being cut up on a board where the outside once sat. Can you say cross contamination? If you're crazy about cleanliness in the kitchen and preparing healthy food, keep reading. I'll show you step by step how to cut a pineapple beautifully!

perfectly sliced, fresh pineapple with no worries about bacterial contamination
perfectly sliced, fresh pineapple with no worries about bacterial contamination
Choose one with fresh looking leaves and has a faint pineapple smell.
Choose one with fresh looking leaves and has a faint pineapple smell.

Choosing a Pineapple

If you're like me, you want to be careful when choosing fruit. There is nothing that makes me madder than bringing home fruit that looks pretty on the outside and yet inedible because it's under or overripe. Yuck! One of my best rules of thumb when choosing fruit is the smell test. If it doesn't smell good, it won't taste good. This is especially true for strawberries, cantaloupe, and especially pineapple.

  1. Smell test. If it doesn't smell sweet and delicious, it won't taste sweet and delicious.
  2. Check for ripeness. There's a fine line between ripe and rotten. Leaves should be green and fresh and don't come out when you pull.
  3. Ask to cut it open. If available, this is your best way to ensure freshness and taste.

What do you think?

5 stars from 1 rating of slicing a pineapple
I took the top and bottom off.
I took the top and bottom off.

Step 1

Wash your pineapple. You have no idea where it has been and what has crawled over it.

Chop off the top and the bottom of the pineapple. Don't take too much off either end but make sure you get the prickly parts off. The top can be used as a centerpiece or for some other decorative purpose as long as you don't try to eat it.

Step 2

Cut the body of the pineapple into quarters. Make sure you use a sharp knife to get a clean cut. Most importantly, do this on one side of the cutting board. Pineapples are very dirty, even after you rinse it because it has a lot of crevices that cannot really get clean. With that being said, I like to quarter my pineapple on the left side of my cutting board--making it the dirty side.

Quartered pineapples show their woody center, making it easy to chop it off.
Quartered pineapples show their woody center, making it easy to chop it off.
Getting rid of the woody center.
Getting rid of the woody center.

Step 3

Now its time to slice up each quarter. First get rid of the woody center. Place the quarter on its end on the right side of the cutting board--the clean side. Start by cutting the woody core away.

Then put the quarter back to the left side, spine side down. Score the flesh vertically across the quarter. Score it again, this time horizontally. See photos.

Now slice it close to the rind, releasing the slices over a bowl into beautiful, bite-sized pieces.

score vertically and then horizontally
score vertically and then horizontally
cut close to the rind to release the pieces
cut close to the rind to release the pieces
The perfect pieces with no worry about bacteria!
The perfect pieces with no worry about bacteria!

Foods you might never think to wash

Why is it we wash some foods before we eat them and others we don't? I'm just as guilty as the rest of you and have only just come around to the fact that we could become seriously sick from the foods we bring into our home.

Don't become tomorrow's headline because you ate some tainted fruit or vegetable.

Foods you need to wash:

  1. bananas
  2. mango
  3. kiwi
  4. avocado
  5. watermelon
  6. cantelope

While you don't eat the skins of these foods, you cut up the on the same surface that touches the dirty outside. E coli, salmonella, and other nasty bacteria live on the outside. Don't put your fresh fruits in contact with it!

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    • my_girl_sara profile imageAUTHOR

      Cynthia Lyerly 

      3 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks so much for the encouragement! Glad it helped you.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Nice and useful hub about cutting Pineapple! Its my favorite fruit but cutting it nicely is a difficult job indeed.

      Thanks for sharing this helpful tutorial. Voted up!

    • my_girl_sara profile imageAUTHOR

      Cynthia Lyerly 

      3 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks Alphadogg16 (love the name). Let me know if you're able to master this easy way of slicing. I love pineapples too!

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      Kevin W 

      3 years ago from Texas

      This was an interesting read, although Pineapples are one of my favorite fruits, I don't think Ive ever cut them correctly. Thumbs up on your hub My_girl_sara.

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      Liz Elias 

      3 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Interesting tutorial. Voted up.

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