Our family has started eating more pineapple since I found this handy gadget at a garage sale early in the summer. It cores the pineapple while at the same time slicing it and cutting it away from the rough outer shell. What you are left with is some juice, a pile of pineapple rings, the rough outer shell of the pineapple, the spikey top, and the core once you have freed it from the hollow center of the cutter.
My husband gave me a Vitamix blender for Christmas last year. I’d been wanting one for over 14 years. These blenders are very powerful and pulverize fruits and vegetables to liquid in a very short amount of time. These are the kind of mixers that smoothie shops use.
It is the combination of the handy pineapple gadget, the powerful blender and the pineapple core that results in a nice smoothie with lots of fiber and flavor. (Be sure to experiment with your blender or smoothie machine first to see if they are powerful enough to do a good job grinding up the core.)