While not everyone is a fan of unitaskers, I find that my pineapple corer is one of the better gadgets I’ve added to my kitchen in the recent past – and I say that as a big fan of pineapples. Pineapples are wonderfully sweet, tropical fruits that are delicious in everything from smoothies to pie and I pick up whole pineapples on a regular basis. While I will keep canned pineapple in my cupboard for convenience, there is nothing that can beat the fresh fruit – especially since I also use the fronds from the pineapples for drink garnishes. To get to the meat of a pineapple, you need to cut off the tough, spiny outer layer of the fruit. There are many ways to do this, but it can be labor-intensive process to trim off every bit of it. With a pineapple corer, things move along much more quickly.
To use the corer, first cut off the top of the pineapple, making a flat surface that is a little wider than the corer itself (cutting off 1/2-3/4″ usually is enough). Next, place the center of the corer over the center of the pineapple and press down to help the corer get a grip, then twist the handle of the corer and allow it to make a spiral slice through the fruit. Finally, once you get near the bottom, simply pull the whole corer out and you’re ready to enjoy!
You can unwind the fruit from the corer if you want it to keep its shape, or you can run a knife down the edge to make getting the rings of a little easier. Some fruit will be left behind in the pineapple shell, but it’s not significantly different from the amount of fruit left behind from trimming away the outer layer of the fruit by hand. Plus, the shell makes a great presentation for fruit salads and cold, blended beverages.