I have watched one million and one videos on how to cut pineapple and finally found a way that makes my life easy… without cutting off a finger.
The knives for this post were provided to me by Calphalon. All knife skills or lack thereof are my own.
Fresh pineapple. I love it and hate it, but as you likely know, once you have fresh pineapple you never want to go back to the canned stuff. There’s just no question. Fresh juicy pineapple tastes so much better. But fresh pineapple can be such a pain to cut, core, and peel, right? I can’t possibly be the only one that has a love hate relationship with it, can I?
I have watched countless videos that show me how to cut pineapple, and while some are super cool (I tried it. You don’t want to know), many of them were for knife skills beyond mine. Soooo, I kept on trying and finally mixed a few techniques together, then perfected the easiest way for me to cut pineapple. Since I have a new set of knives to show off I figured why not show you how to cut pineapple the easy way too?
New knives. Oh yeah baby! What is better than a new set of knives? Well, low maintenance knives are even more awesome. I appreciate a good knife as much as the next person, but the thought of sharpening my own knives is a little scary. And the last thing I need to do is remember to make one more appointment…to sharpen my knives.
That’s why I love this knife set:
- self maintaining with a built-in SharpIN system (Seriously! A knife block that has built-in sharpeners)
- high-carbon, no-stain forged steel
- medium weight for easy handling that doesn’t strain your wrist but also doesn’t feel like it is going to fly away from being too lightweight
What knives should you use to cut pineapple?
But pineapple… we’re talking about how to cut pineapple. I know. I got sidetracked there for a minute. I am a little obsessed with these knives. A sharp knife is KEY to cutting pineapple. I like to use a chef’s knife to lob off the ends and cut the pineapple in four. Okay, I use more finesse then ‘lobbing’ because that knife does slide through even the tough pineapple skin like butter!
Then I use a serrated utility knife to core the center and cut the skin off the pineapple. I found the best way to do that is to cut the pineapple into 4 wedges to core it, then cut each wedge in half again before taking the skin off. Are you still with me? Aren’t you glad I have pictures? They say it much better!
Are you wondering why I needed so much pineapple? Well, I needed them for a make your own piña colada bar this weekend. That, my friends, is a winning party plan because you can make it a mocktail OR a cocktail and the kids get to have fun with it too.
How much do Calphalon self-sharpening knife sets cost?
You can buy these knives as pairs or in a variety of sets priced from $70-$400. I have the Calphalon Classic Self-Sharpening 12-piece cutlery set, which is mid-range and is a no-hassle knife set that is high quality at an affordable price point for any home cook and comes with a lifetime warranty. I asked. That lifetime warranty really means lifetime – for any reason. Forever.
Oh, and one other sweet feature? The end of the handles are labeled. No trying to remember which knife is in which slot and playing that ‘slide it out’ guessing game. I’m pretty sure they thought of everything with these knives.
P.S. No, you cannot put these in the dishwasher, and in case you are wondering, they are not freezer safe, broiler safe, or oven safe. How did I know one of you was going to attempt to preserve them in the freezer then try broiling them in place of steak? Sorry to break your heart. You can, however, buy your very own set, and who wouldn’t want these knives?
Dish! Which knife in this set is catching your eye?