Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Coring A Fresh Pineapple

We like fresh pineapple. They have so many wonderful health benefits.  They are full of vitamins and very important minerals.  Pineapple helps digestion and inflammation.  Of particular interest to me is that it is shown to decrease the progression of age related macular degeneration.  My dad has that eye disease and if certain things are helpful in prevention, we will try them.  Besides its nutritional benefits, it looks pretty on the table until it is ripe.  You know a pineapple is ripe when one of the center spikes pulls out easily.  In the past I would cut off the top and bottom.  Then I would take a knife and work around the pineapple to remove the skin.  After that I would remove the core.  By this time, I had a puddle of pineapple juice on the cutting board, and it would be running all over the counter.  That is why I was so happy when I found this Pineapple Corer and Slicer at Aldi's.  It was only $3.99, and it works beautifully.

The first thing you do is cut the top off the pineapple.

Then you line up the corer and start turning. 

There are serrated teeth on the bottom of the corer.  After placing it over the core, just start turning until you reach the bottom of the pineapple.  Then just pull up and you have several slices of pineapple already eat or cut into smaller pieces, leaving the core behind.  All the extra juice will be in the bottom of the pineapple.

Fresh sliced pineapple ready to eat.

I know a lot of people are tired of gadgets, but this one is worth having if you eat fresh pineapple.  It is small enough to store without a problem.  Pineapple must be in season because I see it for a very good price.  Try it, you'll like it.

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