You can buy either whole pineapples or pre-cut fresh pineapples in the produce section of the grocery store. In my grocery store it costs almost $2 more to buy the precut pineapple.
The mighty pineapple is really easy to slice, as long as you have a big sharp knife.
Start by removing the top
Then the bottom
With the pineapple sitting firmly on the cutting board, start slicing off the outer layer of skin.
Then cut it into slices.
Trim out the very center as it tends to be very tough to chew.
The juicy, sweet, and tangy flavor makes it a great addition to fruit salads or fruit kabobs.
If you are making a gelatin fruit salad (Jell-O!) you have to use canned pineapple. The natural enzymes in fresh (and frozen) pineapple do not allow the gelatin to set.
Be sure to buy pineapples that have crisp green leaves and feels uniformly soft to the touch. Specific soft spots means the pineapple has started to go off.
Pineapples do not continue to ripen, or get any sweeter off the vine. Uncut, kept at room temperature, the acidity levels will decrease.
Be sure to wrap up leftovers tightly in plastic wrap. They should last about 3 days in the refrigerator.
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