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How to Cut a Pineapple

When I was 15 I started working in a restaurant. Along with the proper way to create the perfect carrot on pieces of carrot cake, I also learned how to properly cut a pineapple. I remember the lesson well, being instructed to wear a mesh glove on one hand to protect them from worker’s comp claims. While I don’t use a mesh safety glove anymore, I continue to cut pineapples the same way I did so many years ago working in the back of a restaurant.

The first time I watched my husband attempt to cut a pineapple I laughed and taught him how I’d learned. He has since converted, but maybe it’s just to avoid my criticism if he were to do it any other way.

Here is how I do it:

Start by cutting the top off the pineapple.

Next, stand the pineapple up and cut the rough outer layer off in strips until you’ve gone all the way around the pineapple.


Now, lay the pineapple on its side and cut it first down the middle in half and then into quarters.

Place the triangle-shaped pineapple quarter on the cutting board and slice off the tough inner core that runs through the center of the fruit.

Then slice each quarter into thin strips.

All that’s left now is to chop into bite-sized pieces and enjoy!

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