Mmm…There’s nothing like sweet, juicy pineapple, ESPECIALLY a fresh one as opposed to the canned version.
What about the time you brought home that whole pineapple and after putting the other groceries away…
You looked over at the pineapple with your mouth all fixed & ready to enjoy that sweet succulent flavor, grabbed the knife and cut that bad boy open.
And although the aroma made your mouth water with anticipation…
You took the first bite only to find yourself with a frowned up pucker; all thanks to a SUPER-tart, nowhere NEAR sweet, absolute DUD of a pineapple!
Ugh. That was a MAA-jor disappointment, wasn’t it?
I know honey, I KNOW!
But I have something that might help you not have to go through that ordeal again.
Psst…did you already CUT your pineapple only to discover it isn’t sweet?
Not to worry. Simply click here and read tip #6 to find out what to do in that case! But after you read that, I highly recommend that you scroll those beautiful little eyes right on back up here and read the entire article so you’ll know what to do the NEXT time you buy one! 😉
Now, you may have heard or read that once a pineapple is picked from the tree, it can ripen no further.
I’ve heard that too and whether it’s true or not, I don’t know. All I know is, following the tips I’m about to share with you seems to pretty much always set me in pineapple bliss!
I mean, it won’t hurt you to try ’em and see what happens, right?
Right. So let’s get to it, shall we?
Helpful tips for sweet, juicy pineapple:
1. Choose one that does not have noticeable soft spots but is instead firm all around, since spots usually indicate bruising or possibly rottenness that will only get worse before you’re ready to cut the pineapple – not to mention it’ll attract fruit flies even more!
2. Look on the bottom and try to refrain from getting it if there is mold growing on the bottom… it should be nice, ‘pretty’ and mold-free. This is optional, but if you’re anything like me and are ‘moldaphobic’, you’ll want a nice, clean bottom 🙂 PLUS…
I once had someone tell me that, mold on food actually begins on the INSIDE of the food. I’ve never tested that theory, so I don’t know if it’s true or not… but it kinda stuck with me and therefore, moldy food is a no-go for me.
3. Tug on a leaf and if it pulls out almost effortlessly, that typically means you’ve got a pretty good one there! Not always, however, so be sure to perform tip #5 even IF the leaves pull off easily, just to be on the safe side.
4. Try to get one that is rather golden in color as opposed to very green – the more green it is, the less ripened it is and vice-versa. But even if you get a green one (as I have many times) you can still get some sweetness out of it!
5. Now here’s the MAIN trick to use: Whether you get a green one or a golden brown one, easy-to-pull-off leaves or not-so-easy… once you get the pineapple home, do NOT cut it open right away!
Instead, sit it on the counter UPSIDE DOWN (that’s right…with the leaves pointing downward) and if need be, prop it up or in between something so that it stays up and won’t slide down.
Leave it this way for 1-3 days… depending on how ripe (golden brown or green) it is at the time of purchase. The less ripe it is, the longer you’ll want to leave it.
If you purchased a green one, you’ll notice that the color will begin to change from that bright green to the golden brown that you want.
Try to wait until the portion where the leaves protrude out has turned brown as well.If your pineapple was already golden brown when you bought it, then allow it to sit upside down for at least 24 hours.
What this does is allow the juices to flow to the part of the pineapple that is usually the least juicy and sweet – the top, where the leaves stick out.
6. If all else fails, or if YOU’VE ALREADY CUT THE PINEAPPLE: Grab your sweetener of choice (IF you’re trying to do things the healthy way, refrain from using refined white sugar and instead, use a natural sweetener) cut up your pineapple, place into a bowl and gently mix it up well!
Be sure to keep it refrigerated, IF you don’t eat it all up in one day!
You’ll also notice that after about a day or two that it forms a sort of “syrup” that’s way better for you than that stuff in a can!
Now, I’ve read that you can sprinkle a little salt (preferably sea salt) on pineapple to make it taste sweeter, though I have not personally tried it yet. I do sometimes put sea salt on my cantaloupe and watermelon, but never thought to put it on pineapple – once I try it, I’ll report back!
*Update on the salt thing: Umm, yeah… salt on pineapple is a ‘NO’ for me. I didn’t like that at all, but hey, YOU may like it, so try it on a piece or two and see what you think!
If you don’t want to do any of that, here are a few other suggestions for it as opposed to tossing it:
– Cut it up, put into a freezer bag and use for smoothies later. If you drink orange juice, blend some with OJ for orange-pineapple juice.
– Blend with sweetener of your choice and make pineapple pops, using popsicle molds or ice cube trays!
– If you own a dehydrator, slice it up, mix with a little sweetener of choice, and dry it out for pineapple “candy”
And here is a bonus tip:
When cutting your pineapple up and removing the flesh from the core, DO NOT toss out the core!
Instead, slice it up, put into a freezer bag, stick in the freezer and then when making fruit smoothies, fresh juice or meal replacement shakes, blend a slice or two of the core into the smoothie or shake for a delicious, pineapply treat!