How to choose, store and freeze pineapple

A piece of freshly cut pineapple on a hot day is a juicy, tangy sweet treat. Once you know how to cut pineapple yourself, it's something you can enjoy whenever you like. Learn how to choose a pineapple, how to cut it and how to store it. Plus, get lots of pineapple recipes to save to your myfoodbook eCookbooks!

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Guide to pineapples

Ah glorious pineapples. The crowning glory of summer and all things tropical. If you’ve never cut one before, it can seem like a prickly task. But with a few tips and tricks, it’s easy. Here’s your guide to pineapples, including a step-by-step video on how to cut them, and some zingy, fruity recipes.
Best way to cut a pineapple
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How to pick a good pineapple
When choosing a pineapple, look for pineapples with nice and firm skin free of bruising and soft spots. Also check that the base leaves are still green, which indicates freshness. The colour of a ripe pineapple varies on the type, some may be yellow, some may remain green. The best indicator of ripeness is a fragrant, fruity scent.
How to store pineapples
Pineapples can be left at room temperature for a couple of days until they reach your preferred ripeness. Once the pineapple is at optimum ripeness, wrap in a plastic bag and it can be stored in the fridge for a few days. Once cut, keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 6 days.
How to freeze pineapples
Pineapple freezes well, ready to add to smoothies or to snack on during a hot summer day. To freeze pineapple:
  1. Peel and cut it into chunks
  2. Place on a baking tray lined with baking paper and freeze (be careful to not let the pieces touch each other).
  3. Once frozen, transfer to a zip-lock bag or airtight container. It will now keep up to for up to 6 months. Don’t forget to label your container or ziplock with the date placed in the freezer.
Health Benefits of Pineapples
Pineapple is an amazing source of vitamin C and manganese. Plus, it’s packed with disease-fighting antioxidants. Pineapple makes a great post-prandial snack as it contains a good amount of digestive enzymes.
Zingy pineapple recipes to try
Pineapple is a fantastic snack alone, but cook it up in dinner (Hawaiian pizza, anyone?) or dessert and it takes it to another dimension of tropical juiciness.
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This recipe calls for tinned pineapple, but you could use fresh pieces of pineapple too. Sticky, fruity and fluffy all at once, these sweet cakes are a classic retro dessert.
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