Thursday, March 31, 2016

Pineapple Corer and Slicer Review

Pineapple Corer and Slicer Review
This pineapple corer-slicer is a relatively new addition to my kitchen gadget collection, one I use often and always enjoy. This week when I prepared and served a fresh pineapple I documented the event with my camera, so I figured this was a good time to share a brief review. (Photos below are all mine.)

Who needs a pineapple corer/slicer? Anyone who loves to eat fresh pineapple but hates the cutting-it-up process!

Here's what I used to do. I'd see a display of pretty pineapples in the store that looked so tasty and reminded me of our long-ago trip to Hawaii, so I'd lovingly select one, gently put it in my grocery cart, take it home, and set it on the counter where I'd let it stay for days, until the leaves started drying up. Eventually, I'd pull out the cutting board and two or three knives to tackle the cutting and slicing, then grab the poor pineapple. After 10 or 15 minutes of slicing, dicing, changing knives, trimming, and chopping, I'd have my pineapple chunks, but I'd also have a big mess to clean up.

No more!

Now, I simply grab the pineapple then pull out my stainless steel pineapple corer-slicer, one sharp knife (for cutting off the top), and the cutting board. It takes just seconds to cut a few inches off the top of the pineapple then no more than a minute or two to line up the cutter with the pineapple core, twist the handle to work the cutter to the bottom of the luscious fruit, and pull out the gorgeous pineapple slices.

Let me show you how it works:

Using the sharp knife, lay the pineapple on the cutting board and cut a couple of inches off the top.
Using the sharp knife, lay the pineapple on the cutting board and cut a couple of inches off the top. 


Holding the pineapple with one hand, line up the cutter with the core of the pineapple then start turning. You'll need to apply just a bit of pressure.  Continue turning and slicing until you reach almost to the bottom of the pineapple.
Holding the pineapple with one hand, line up the cutter with the core of the pineapple then start turning. You'll need to apply just a bit of pressure. Continue turning and slicing until you reach almost to the bottom of the pineapple. 

Use the handle to firmly pull the pineapple slices out of the pineapple.
Use the handle to firmly pull the pineapple slices out of the pineapple. Hold everything upright so the juice doesn't run out like it did here.
(I had to lay it down to take the picture.)

Remove the handle to easily slide the pineapple slices off the cutter.
Once you've pulled the slices out of the pineapple, push the two black buttons below the handle to remove the handle, then slide the pineapple slices off the cutter. Use a knife to cut the slices into chunks if you prefer. Use the empty pineapple "shell" to serve fruit salad or a fancy drink. Replace the "lid" for an elegant presentation.

Which Pineapple Corer Slicer Works Best?


There are basically three types of pineapple corers. I'm very satisfied with the simple stainless steel model, the style that is most widely available and comes with mostly excellent reviews. There's also a plastic model that works the same way but, based on reviews that I've read, may not cut the pineapple as smoothly and will eventually break. Or you might want to consider the ratcheting model that costs about twice as much (still less than $20), but the ratchet mechanism makes it easier to turn the handle without continuously re-positioning your hand. Some plastic models come with a convenient wedge cutter; most do not and judging by the videos I've watched, you won't miss it.

Compare the three types at this Bed, Bath and Beyond link and watch a video of each, showing exactly how they work. Or check out the huge selection and low prices of pineapple corers on eBay.

Should you buy a pineapple corer and slicer to add to your kitchen gadget collection? If you enjoy eating or serving fresh pineapple, it's a no-brainer. You'll spend from about 6 to 20 dollars and never again have to let another beautiful, fresh, delicious, good-for-you pineapple go bad as it wastes away on your kitchen counter. I say go for it!  

~ Susan
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11 comments:

  1. What a fabulous gadget! I love pineapple and I would love to have a pineapple corer!!! Would you believe my brother was here making fruit art for us last summer and he ask if I had a pineapple corer. A simple "no" for the answer and he moved on with his work. I should have thought to ask him about it then. How very cool! Now, I need on for myself, plus it will be nice to say "yes" the next time he is here making pretty food art for us.

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  2. Food art sounds nice! I'm not sure what got me started looking at pineapple corers, but I'm so glad I found them. Hope you enjoy yours!

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  4. I knew there were a variety of kitchen gadgets designed to make your cooking/preparing of foods simpler, but never knew about the pineapple corer. What a handy-dandy gadget for pineapple preparation. Thanks for this fun and interesting review of yours, Susan. Love how you give a hands-on demonstration.

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    1. Thank you, Elf! Glad you liked the review and the demo. It's always a challenge to take pictures while I'm using the kitchen gadget. Happy to report that my hands stayed clean and my camera survived!

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  5. This looks like a must have gadget for my next pineapple upside down cake. No more canned pineapples. Great review Susan thanks for staying on top of kitchen gadgets.

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    1. My pleasure, Sam, I assure you! Thanks for the reminder about using fresh slices in pineapple upside down cake! I'll be making one soon. Yum!

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  6. Well we HAVE to get one of these, we just finished slicing a pineapple a few minutes ago, what a great tool to have in the kitchen!

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    1. Thanks! It really is a handy-dandy tool, Barbara. We've certainly eaten more fresh pineapple since I bought mine. Love it!

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  7. oh my goodness! I need this. I buy fresh pineapple but I do the hack, cut, and chop method. And similar to you...i end up with such a mess to clean up. I love that you included photos to show how it works.

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    1. Thanks, Dawn. Glad I'm not the only one who has trouble with that hack, cut, and chop method! This new method is SO much better.

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