Don't throw away the best parts of a pineapple: the core and skin

The pineapple core

A pineapple's core is very hard, and not as sweet as the rest of the pineapple, so we usually don't want to eat it. But it is still very aromatic and nutritious. If you have a very powerful blender like a Vitamix, it can still be used to make a beautiful contribution to your cooking.

Usually I buy the fresh pineapple from the street market. I cut the core from the rest of the pineapple, then chop everything into smaller chunks, about 1 or 2 cm long, and keep them in the freezer.

Here are a few ways you can use the core of a pineapple:

1. Blend the core in a good blender like a Vita-mix, to make juice, or smoothies, together with other fruit or vegetables.

2. To make pineapple broth: Blend the core together with tomatoes, cabbage, celery or whatever you think is suitable, to make broth. You can choose to strain or not to strain the broth. The unstrained broth is good for making dishes such as Chinese hot and sour soup, minestrone soup, or any kind of thick soups. Clear pineapple broth can be replaced with any other kind of broth. Here's a recommended recipe for you to try: Hot and sour soup.

3. If you are making fish or chicken stock, cook them together with pineapple core or maybe other vegetables and herbs. Use one or two cups of chopped pineapple core, will sweeten the stock and add a nice fragrance to it.

The pineapple skin

When we walk pass a pineapple stand in the market, the beautiful fragrance always invites us to take one home with us. But when we get home, the first thing we do is to chop off the pineapple skin and throw it away. Sure, no one wants to eat the hard pineapple skin, but it has a fragrance that can actually contribute a great deal to our cooking.

Here are some ways you can use the pineapple skin:

1. I always brush the pineapple to make it nice and clean before peeling it. Chop the pineapple peel into 2cm to 3cm strips, then keep them in the freezer.

2. Add the pineapple skin when making vegetable, fish, chicken, pork, and beef broth. Use from one cup up to half of a whole pineapple, depending on your taste. When I use pineapple for making broth, I hardly need to add other herbs, because the pineapple alone is enough to give the broth a wonderful aroma.

3. Pineapple stock is especially good when cooking seafood soups, tomato soup, spicy soups: like Thai tom yum soups, Korean kimchi soups, or Chinese hot and sour soup.

4. Making pineapple fruit vinegar. Pineapple peel has very active alkaline effect, it's one of the best fruit to make fruit vinegar. I usually use pineapple together with apple, sugar, and rice vinegar to make fruit vinegar. It only takes about 3 to 6 months to make. Here's a recommended recipe: Pineapple and apple vinegar. Simply use pineapple skin instead of the flesh of the fruit.

Which blender is suitable for pineapple?

Pineapples, particularly the core, are so tough and dense that they can wear out the motors of cheaper blenders or blunt their blades after a few months. Some blenders may start to have problems immediately, such as overheating or jamming, so if you're using a cheap blender or food processor for pineapple, then please be cautious and just put in a small quantity of fruit at first, to see if it can deal with it. 

I use a Vitamix blender for pineapple because I've found that they are very strong and reliable machines, and they can easily handle any amount of pineapple, or other tough fruits, vegetables and grains, for many years without maintenance. You can buy Vitamix blenders online here (this is a sponsored link).


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I had no idea pineapple peel

I had no idea pineapple peel could be used the way you suggested Jodie. Thank you.I was curious as whether I was wasting them.One learns something new every day.

I never use it So thanks fir

I never use it
So thanks fir the information

it can also be made into a

it can also be made into a delicious juice as well.....

can the core, along with the

can the core, along with the pineapple, be used in a
pineapple upside down cake?

You could try it, but I don't

You could try it, but I don't think it would be a good idea, because the texture of the core probably isn't suitable for a soft cake

Jodie

Pineapples are heavily

Pineapples are heavily sprayed with pesticides. I would throw the peel away, unless it's organic, and I have never thrown away the core.

So you can get an organic

So you can get an organic pineapple sprayed with far harsher pesticides that have to meet the organic standards?

pineapples are delicious

pineapples are delicious

high fives!!

high fives!!

1. I always brush the skin

1. I always brush the skin with lots of water and chop the skins into chunks and boil them with some red tea bag and then its Fruit tea you can drink it hot or either put them to cool in fridge.

2. Sometimes I use the skin to steam it to get the aroma in the house smells sweet and natural.

3. Sometimes I boil the skin and cool the water & soak myself and then rinse off ...finally I have beautiful shining healthy skin.

4. I use the skin to boil with soup, chicken and some veggies taste good..to make sweet & sour soup...no need to add vinegar

5. I also apply the skin on my face and let it rest for 15 mins and rinse ... try it u will feel your skin improving.. if you have any skin problem ..it heals faster

Beautiful ideas! Thank you.

Beautiful ideas!
Thank you.

a great thanx i've learned

a great thanx i've learned some ideas

I saw a food vendor deep

I saw a food vendor deep frying pineapple skin in her big pot of oil, that is also used to fry chicken wings and fish. Any ideas what deep frying the pineapple skin does to the oil?

I'm assuming it is adding

I'm assuming it is adding flavor to the oil. Then the other items will pick up the flavor.

I noticed a food vendor deep

I noticed a food vendor deep frying pineapple skin in her pot of oil that is also used to deep fry chicken wings and fish and chips.

What do you think deep frying the pineapple skin does to the oil??

In Colombia people put the

In Colombia people put the pineapple peels with water for a few weeks to ferment. after a couple of weeks you have an alcholic drink called 'Guarapo'

CAN YOU MAKE THE SHELL INTO

CAN YOU MAKE THE SHELL INTO SOMETHING THE BIRDS CAN USE.

My doctor recommends that I

My doctor recommends that I boiled the pineapple peel and then to drink the water it helps with the scarring process and also it has other medicinal benefits.

I did not know about the skin

I did not know about the skin of the pineapple, I usually use the vitamix but I have to try it. Thanks for the clarifications.

Totally true, and more and

Totally true, and more and more people are aware of the uses of all parts of the pineapple. Many restaurants are already applying it in their preparations. Certain restautaurants say that the pineapples are from ecological cultivation to avoid problems with the pesticides.

Never have i heard of any of

Never have i heard of any of these pineapple skin applications. I will now try it and see if i could be making some cash from producing pineapple skin drink and/ its alcohol brand. Many thanks.

I really resent the way they

I really resent the way they always cut the centre from my pineapple preventing me and others from growing our own plants. Why ?

the core has nothing to do

the core has nothing to do with regrowing the pineapple. Just trim the top off as you would to chop the pineapple and then make sure all the fruit is off the bottom and plant it into moist soil. It takes a while, but it witll regrow and provide you with both "pups" (babies) that you can separate into new plants and fruit. I have only gotten one fruit per year per plant, but many pups so I now have many more possibilities. Pineapples are bromiliads so you can get info if you look that up. They are easy to grow.

Thinly slice a very ripe

Thinly slice a very ripe pineapple, sort of like slicing a loaf of bread, and dehydrate the circles of pineapple. Makes a delicious snack - crispy and crunchy at first bite, then chewy and super-sweet the longer you chew. Very satisfying, and you don't have to peel or dispose of the. Just wash very thoroughly before slicing.

Smelled awful & didn’t taste

Smelled awful & didn’t taste any better. Not my choice of a nutrient import.

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