Jun 11, 2021
How to cut a pineapple into rings, spears, or chunks
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- The easiest way to cut a pineapple is to slice it into spears first and then trim off the skin.
- When choosing a pineapple, look for brightly colored fruit and leaves and a pleasant, sweet smell.
- The pull-apart pineapple hack works, but you'll need really ripe fruit and a strong thumb.
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There's nothing quite like the tropical, sweet, and tangy flavor of fresh pineapple. When nicely ripe, the fruit is juicy and tender; delicious on its own or used in fruit salads, smoothies, cocktails, chutneys, sauces, stir-fries, and baked goods. Sometimes it even ends up on pizza.
Pineapples are unlike any other piece of produce at the supermarket and can be a challenge to choose and prepare without a little know-how. Bil Goldfield, director of corporate communications for Dole Food Company, wants to give you pineapple confidence.
With a few quick tips, you can have freshly cut pineapple any time the mood strikes.How to pick a pineapple
You'll find pineapples in the grocery store all year long, but they're at their best in the spring and summertime, roughly March through August. The fruit is picked almost completely ripe, and only ripens slightly after harvest.
When choosing a pineapple, Goldfield says to look at three characteristics: color, feel, and smell. "Select one that is plump, rich in shell color, and fresh in appearance." The coloring can depend on the variety of pineapple, but bright, not dull coloring is always a good sign.
Look for deep green crowns (the leaves sticking out of the top) and "avoid fruit that is old looking, dry, or with brown leaves," says Goldfield. The fruit should give just slightly when you squeeze the sides — not squish like an avocado, but not rock hard, either.
Lastly, give your pineapple a whiff at the base, opposite the crown. "If it smells light and sweet, it will taste sweet too," explains Goldfield.
A common myth says a pineapple is ripe if it's easy to pull out a leaf in the center of the crown. "Contrary to popular belief, the ease with which a leaf can be pulled out is not necessarily a sure sign of ripeness," Goldfield says. Relying on the look, feel, and scent is a better strategy.
Once you bring a pineapple home, plan on eating it within a few days. Store it on your counter until you're ready to slice and dice. If you need to store it for longer, Goldfield recommends stashing the whole pineapple in your fridge for up to a week.How to cut a pineapple into spears or chunks
Cut into spears first, then remove the skin. Laurel Randolph/Insider
There are a few different methods available for cutting a pineapple, but Goldfield favors this simple and straightforward method since it yields the most fruit:
Grab a ring cutter or paring knife to remove the core. jonathandowney/Getty Images
If pretty rings are what you're after, follow these steps:
Quick tip: For a quicker, less messy way to prep a pineapple, use a coring tool. The only downside: "Because coring tools are a fixed size, you will likely end up leaving good and edible fruit inside the shell, especially in larger pineapples," explains Goldfield.Does the pull-apart pineapple hack work?
A really ripe pineapple is key for this method. Meredith Cash/INSIDER
A popular trick for eating pineapple doesn't require a knife at all. After twisting off the crown, you press on the bottom of a node at the top of the fruit (nodes are the spikey, honeycomb-patterned sections on the side of the pineapple). Press your finger in enough to get a grasp on the section and pull it out with fruit attached. Work your way down and around the fruit, one node at a time.
This method works, but with some big caveats. It works best on a very ripe pineapple, and even then you may end up damaging your thumb. It also makes a big mess. The pull-apart method is best used on small snacking pineapples, more common in Japan, or if you're stuck on a desert island with no knife in sight.How to store pineapple
Store cut pineapple in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days.
Goldfield also recommends freezing pineapple. Once it's cored and peeled, spread out the pieces of fruit on a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze for an hour or more. Place the frozen fruit in a zip-top freezer bag and store for up to a year. Frozen pineapple is especially good for blended drinks like smoothies and cocktails, or can be thawed, drained, and used in cooked dishes.Insider's takeaway
Pineapples may look tough, but they're easy to cut into spears, chunks, and rings by following a few simple steps. Choose fruit with vibrant colors and a sweet smell, and store any leftovers in the fridge or freeze for longer storage.
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Queen ‘warned’ Kate & Camilla not to argue with her about using sharp sword to cut cake, says body language expert
THE QUEEN insisted on using a ceremonial sword to slice a cake during a royal engagement - making Kate and Camilla giggle.
But there was an undercurrent to her voice which said 'don't challenge me', says body language expert Judi James.
???? Read our Royal Family live blog for the latest updates6The Queen opted for the sword instead of a conventional knife as it is "more unusual"Credit: AFP
The 95-year-old Monarch was handed the unusual cake cutting tool by Edward Bolitho, the Lord-Lieutenant of Cornwall, at the Eden Project's 'Big Lunch' event.
But despite an aide offering Her Majesty a conventional knife, she persisted with her blade of choice - quipping: "I know there is, this is more unusual".
Judi says the 'stoic' Queen was not going to be challenged - something which made caring daughter-in-law Camilla concerned.
"The Queen’s comment of ‘I know there is!’ produced some laughter from her hosts here as she was told there was a knife option as she brandished a large and rather sharp-looking sword to cut a cake, but there was the hint of subtle warning in her tone," says Judi."6The Monarch stole the show at the G7 summit in CornwallCredit: Getty
Meanwhile, Kate was more relaxed with her nan-in-law
"Kate’s body language suggested that she picked up on that tone, which many older people will empathise with, which is: ‘Please don’t fuss, I know perfectly well what I am doing thanks!’
"But Camilla’s more anxious rituals suggest she was caught in something of a dilemma in terms of stepping in to help her extremely stoic and independent mother-in-law or to step back and watch a potential accident occur.
"We can see Camilla fretting by the anxious pinching and lifting of her left hand in a truncated gesture and the way her head nods several times.
"She also glances at Kate as though looking for an ally in terms of taking action but Kate looks far more respectful to her ‘Boss’, laughing at the Queen’s joke but not replying to Camilla’s tie-signs.
"After raising her hand to help, Camilla actually seems to nudge Kate on the arm in several small movements.
But Camilla’s more anxious rituals suggest she was caught in something of a dilemma in terms of stepping in to help her extremely stoic and independent mother-in-law or to step back and watch a potential accident occur.Judi James
"This is an even stronger plea for joint effort but there is a danger in performing it. One thing a lot of elderly people hate to see is younger relatives nudging one another or catching one another’s eye when they are watching you doing something by yourself.
"Kate, therefore, seems to move slightly out of reach to watch the Queen with a smile of confidence in the fact that her grandmother-in-law will cope well as usual, while Camilla finally decides to take the risk of offering assistance, placing her hand on the sword to help push it through the cake."
After handing the ceremonial sword back, the Queen took a moment to observe her handiwork before saying: "That looks very good!"
Executive director of the Eden Project, Peter Stewart, gushed about the Monarch's visit: "It is like comets - they don't come around very often.6She was handed the sword by Edward Bolitho, the Lord-Lieutenant of CornwallCredit: AFP
"The important thing for me was there was every reason not to do it.
"The fact that they judged that with the eyes of the G7 that there was an opportunity - with the risk of missing trains and everything else - to be able to listen to some of the heartfelt stories of people here.
"It was absolutely priceless."
The trio of royal women were on a charm offensive as they chatted to the approximately 20 guests invited to the event.
The Queen must have been spurred on by her hosting success at the open-air reception held for G7 leaders, where she was joined by the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Joe and Jill Biden and Emmanuel Macron were left chuckling at Her Majesty's quips at the picturesque Eden Project indoor rainforest.6The trio of royal women joined around 20 guests at the Eden Project's Big LunchCredit: Getty - Pool 6Her Majesty The Queen speaks to the First Lady, Dr Jill Biden as she arrives for the G7 leaders summit reception & dinner at the Eden ProjectCredit: Andrew Parsons / No10 Downing St
As they posed for a socially distanced group photo, the 95-year-old monarch asked the question possibly on all their minds.
She said: "Are you supposed to be looking as if you're enjoying yourself?"
The presidents and prime ministers alongside her could not help bursting into laughter, as Boris Johnson replied emphatically: "Yes!"
Following a day of heavyweight political talks, the power of "soft diplomacy" was put into action when three generations of the royal family gathered to welcome the leaders to Cornwall.
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The Queen will also host President Biden and his wife Jill for tea at Windsor Castle this weekend.
She will welcome the President and the First Lady in the Quadrangle of Windsor Castle.
Upon arrival, a Guard of Honour formed of The Queen’s Company First Battalion Grenadier Guards will give a Royal Salute, and the US National Anthem will be played.
The President will then accompany the Officer Commanding the Guard of Honour, Major James Taylor, and Major General Christopher Ghika to inspect the Guard of Honour.6The Queen turns on the charm as she chats to world leadersCredit: JACK HILL THE TIMES