Thursday, September 10, 2009

How to cut and clean a Pineapple (Buah Nenas) – Non wasteful method, step by step

Pineapple (Scientific name, Ananas Comosus) is a common fruit grown extensively in tropical countries. This fruit has high citric acid content and at most of the time a ripe fruit is sweet. The pineapple plant grows well in high hummus content soil or peat soil. Thailand is the top pineapple producing country and you can virtually see many pineapple based food stuff in this country. Pineapple fried rice is one of the most common cuisine in Thai restaurants. I love to add pineapple pieces to my Nyonya acar dish and without it the famous Nyonya Perut Ikan would not taste the same! The best way to cut a pineapple is to cut out the eyes (divits) after removing the skins. This way, it will not be so wasteful instead of removing a think layer of skins with the flesh! I bought this sweet juicy honey pineapple from the local market and here is the step by step instruction to cut it!

1) First remove the top and bottom portion of the pineapple

2) Then remove the skins. Follow the curves of the pineapple when you cut away the skin, so that you will not cut away some of the flesh!
3) Make 45 Deg cut on both sides of the eyes (divits), around 3 eyes at a time. Continue doing this until all the eyes are removed.

4) Cut the pineapple into four and remove the hard middle core. The pineapple is ready to eat. Yum, yum, here I come with some rojak sauce!

20 comments:

reanaclaire said...

Pete, i think as far as i can remember, i never cut a pineapple before la.. the most i did was to buy a clean shaven one home.. hahaha... save all the trouble..

(pssst.. actually its not the trouble, the problem is i dont know how to cut one) :(

fufu said...

i never waste the middle core one... will bite it too =p hohoho...

Pete said...

Claire : Sometime, I also buy one or two pieces as ingredients in my dishes..he he he LOL!

Fufu : I like to chew on the middle core also!

wenn said...

I hv cut pineapples before but rather messy one..

CheaHS@n said...

Whoa my favorite fruit love em, besides eating also enjoy slicing out the eyes (oh its called divits). It is like doing an art project or "kua chang" [exaggerate] doing an art masterpiece haha. Thanks Pete picked up a few scientific name guess our Bahasa Msia named 'nenas' after 'Ananas'?

reanaclaire said...

Pete, mentioned a bit about u in my post.. hope u dont mind :)

Christine said...

Pete, I'm Chinese, from Jamaica although I've lived in Canada for over 30 years and that is exactly how my dad taught me to peel a pineapple when I was a kid. Now I don't know if that's Asian style or Jamaican style as he has passed away. Very interesting, thanks.

Mei Teng said...

wow pete, pineapple cutting demo!

I don't know how to cut a pineapple to remove those sharp little edges.

Pete said...

Wenn: Ha ha, Actually it can be a bit messy if the pineapple is very ripe and juicy. The juice will flow all over the place!

Hosan: Some call it divots, some people call it divits, so I am not sure it is a typo error or a scientific name. he he he!

Claire : I saw the post, he he he, compliments......I cannot stop grinning leh....he he he, paiseh paiseh lah, thank you!

Christine : I think it is 'thriffty style', can save some of the flesh! LOL!

Pete said...

Hosan : Defination for divits is inkwell and penholder. So, I guess it can be used for pineapples also.....ROFL!

Pete said...

Mei Teng : It might look difficult but actually quite easy! Try it lah!

suituapui said...

Hahahahaha!!! I thought everyone knows how to cut a pineapple!!! Gee!!! These modern-day women... LOL!!!

Ayie said...

I know how to do that! my mom taught me =)

Pete said...

STP : he he he, but if you see Mat Salleh style, they just cut off the skins including the divots....wasted some of the flesh, but a quick way to do it!

Ayie : Hah, good you also know how to cut it this way!

Coffee and Vanilla said...

Love this tutorial. I usually chop of thick pieces of skin and then suck on them not to waste pineapple. Your method is much more efficient ;)
Thank you for sharing.
Margot

Pete said...

Hi Margot, there will be nice pattern on the pineapple too, if cut this way!

Bengbeng said...

like fufu i never throw away the core too. we consume three pineapples a week. it costs like rm10-15 for three here

Pete said...

Bengbeng : Wow, three pineapples a week. RM10 to 15 must be those nice very sweet ones! Yummy!

mommy to chumsy said...

wow, you cut the pineapples just like my mom. I never knew how this is done, esp the 45 deg angle :D

Pete said...

Mommy : It might look difficult, but when you try it is very easy.

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