So I succumbed to my craving and bought four...yes, four whole pineapples at the warehouse store. Now mind you I spent $2 for each which is much cheaper than buying the same amount (by weight) in the can or through the deli. (Although at the deli they have this handy, dandy little machine to peel and core them.)
For those of you who don't know, I have rheumatoid arthritis. Most days you wouldn't even know unless I have to grip something tightly. Then it's a crap shoot whether I'll be able to hold on to it.
Earlier this spring I went to a garage sale and bought an electric knife for a couple dollars. Why? I have no clue...until now. See, with a regular chef's knife, I don't have the hand strength to cut through the pineapple's tough exterior. BUT with the electric knife it worked wonderfully.
- Cut the stalk off (about 1" from where it attaches to the fruit).
- Cut 1 - 1.5" inches off the bottom.
- From top to bottom, shave off the prickly skin by 1/2".
- Cut in half lengthwise
- Cut again in half lengthwise (making quarters)
- Cut the core off lengthwise about 1", leaving only the meat of the fruit
- Cut each quarter into thirds lengthwise
- Cut the thirds into 8 section pieces.
So if you have carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, RA, osteoarthritis, or any hand injury or weakness, I recommend getting an electric knife. I'm going to tackle my pumpkin for canning next and then who knows...
I'll post a pictorial soon, but hopefully you get the gist.