Pineapple. Just thinking about it takes me back to my one and only trip to Hawaii ages ago. So yummy fresh, but such a pain to prepare. And I really, really, really try not to bring any new gadgets into my kitchen because, you know, that’s just more to organize. Well, after reading my friend Sondra Lyn’s experience with a pineapple corer, I thought, “Yep, definitely gettin’ me one.”
I found mine at Bed Bath and Beyond. I went with the OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Ratcheting Pineapple Slicer, even though it was double the price of the plastic one nearby. It’ll last longer. And it ratchets. HELLOOOO! It ratchets like my favorite screwdriver!
How to use a Pineapple Slicer and Corer
You start by slicing the top off, which always looks pretty on the plate.
Then push the corer in and start turning. The ratcheting handle helps here.
You see those little marking lines? They are supposed to be a guide to help you know when to stop, but they washed off the first time through the dishwasher, so don’t get too attached to them.
It didn’t take too much to wrestle the cored pineapple out of the skin. But I would not attempt this if you are wearing a fancy outfit. There was quite a bit of juice involved. (I have gotten much better at this step with practice. You just reverse slice one time, and the whole thing pulls right out.)
I sliced mine in half, but you could end up with individual rings by making just one slice down the stack.
Pineapple is almost always in store, and are usually better priced than a lot of the other seasonal fruit at Aldi, where I tend to shop, so I’m looking forward to enjoying a lot more of these.