Odds and Ends: Pineapple Cores

IMG_7878Our family has started eating more pineapple since I found this handy gadget IMG_7879at 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.

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Two tricks for easy coring: cut the bottom off the fruit and use a dish to catch the juices and don’t press down to hard–let the blade do the job or you will crush the fruit.

IMG_7881Eat the pineapple slices, compost the outer shell, plant the top, and SAVE THE CORE!IMG_7882

My husband gave me a Vitamix blender for Christmas last year. I’d beenIMG_7876 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.)IMG_7884

I always hated wasting the sweet but tough core–now I just add it in with all of the other solid components of my smoothie and blend it up. Yum! BegoniaIMG_7887 (2)

 

 

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4 Responses to Odds and Ends: Pineapple Cores

  1. DeeAnn says:

    That is the best tool. I loathe fussing with pineapple. I admit I will just buy can pineapple. 🙂 I have to find one of these tools. Thank you for sharing.

    • The pineapple cutter that I use has the brand name is Vacuvin, but there are other brands as well. Some of the reveiwers growled that they crushed the pineapple rather than cut it. You just have to apply a little pressure and let the blade do its work. Take care, Begonia

  2. shalvageffen says:

    We’d so much rather throw our cores into the Vitamix than the composter!

  3. Lenny Gale says:

    Similar to my favorite kitchen tool, the apple corer. We’ll have to get one!

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