Pineapples are wonderful fruits packed with antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins. If you want to take advantage of the nutrition that it provides, you’re better off getting fresh pineapples than canned ones. Unfortunately, preparing it into pineapple rings can be tedious. There are now devices you can use to help you obtain fresh pineapple slices without so much effort. Here is how you can use one of the best pineapple corers to get you that perfect slice.
Choose the Right Pineapple
Not all pineapples should be processed using a corer. Everything depends on the diameter of the corer’s slicing or rotating blade. For example, most pineapple corers have a diameter of about 3 and ¼ inches to about three and a half inches. If you have a pineapple with a diameter of say, 5 inches, then using a pineapple corer will waste about 1 to 1.5 inches of nutritious flesh.
The reason for this is that the pineapple corer is like your corkscrew or drill bit. It creates a hole, but only the size of the diameter of the bit or the corkscrew. As such, if you have a pineapple that is about an inch “wider” than the actual diameter of the corer, you will have a better chance of getting all the fruity goodness of the pineapple if you will slice it with a knife.
It is for this reason that using the pineapple corer should always start with having the right size of fruit. You should have no more than half an inch of allowance to accommodate the thick, prickly skin of the fruit. This way, you can get as much of the meat.
Prepare the Pineapple
Be sure to wash the pineapple before you start coring it. Once you are done, get a cutting board and prop the fruit on its side. Get a sharp kitchen knife and slice off the top where you can find the prickly leaves or “crown”.
Take note of the shape of the pineapple. It is almost spherical in shape. It has a wider midsection than its top or bottom parts. If you cut it very near the top, there is a chance that the corer will get in contact with the pineapple skin in this section. Visualize the area where the pineapple will start to widen. In most cases, this is about half an inch to three-quarters of an inch from the top.
With your kitchen knife, make a straight cut through this imaginary line. What you want is a flat top surface for anchoring the corer.
Get Ready to Core the Pineapple
With the top removed, prop up your pineapple on its bottom so that it stands upright. Get your pineapple corer and position the barrel right in the center of the fruit. This is the pineapple’s core. It is very fibrous and quite tough. That is why most people do not eat it.
As soon as you have positioned the hollow corer, push down on it so that it grips the pineapple’s fibrous core. This anchors the corer into position and allows you to use the gadget with less effort. As you push down on the corer, twist it clockwise. Keep on pushing down while twisting or turning the device. As mentioned, it is like turning a corkscrew into your bottle of wine’s cork.
As you twist the device, its slicing blade cuts through the flesh in an even and spiral manner. At the same time, the flesh or meat gets collected upwards as the corer moves downwards. Keep on twisting and pushing until you reach the bottom of the pineapple.
If you think you’ve advanced the device far enough, pick up the fruit and drain its juice into a bowl. This can be an excellent addition to your sauces or other dishes later on. Once you have emptied the fresh pineapple juice into a bowl, set the fruit back onto the cutting board. Grab the handle of the pineapple corer and pull the device out.
Get a bowl or a large plate. Most pineapple corers have an unlocking mechanism that allows you to remove the handle. In many products, these are a pair of buttons on the sides of the corer. Press these buttons and remove the handle. Turn the pineapple corer upside down and slide the pineapple rings through the barrel and into the bowl or plate.
To make the pineapple rings, determine where the pineapple slice starts. Position your knife at the leading edge of this slice and make a cut straight to the bottom. Make sure to slice only one side so you will get the fabulous pineapple rings you’ve always wanted.
Get Every Bit of Pineapple that You Can
Once you have the pineapple rings into your bowl or serving plate, it is time to focus your attention on the ‘de-cored’ pineapple. You will notice that there will still be some flesh or meat that are worth saving. Do not throw these away.
Place the de-cored pineapple back onto the cutting board and cut it in half lengthwise. Cut each half again into halves so you will have quarter sections of the de-cored pineapple. Get a fillet knife if you have one and start slicing off the remaining flesh. If you do not have a fillet knife, your ordinary chef’s knife will do. Slice off as much of the remaining meat as you can. Set the meat aside.
Move on next to the pineapple core. Use the blunt end of a kitchen utensil to push the pineapple core out of the hollow barrel of the corer. Most people will throw this but it is rich in bromelain, a beneficial antioxidant. What you can do is to process the pineapple core to make it more suitable for consumption. You can cut it up in small pieces and put it in a blender. Add your favorite ingredients and turn it into a smoothie.
Using a pineapple corer is as easy as driving a corkscrew into an unopened bottle of wine. Try it the next time you have a fresh pineapple in the house.