A couple years ago, our family was fortunate enough to spend two weeks in Costa Rica. It was the vacation of a lifetime for many reasons, but one of the best was having the freshest pineapple imaginable every morning for breakfast.
The only down side of this tastiest of fruits is the labor needed to get it in your tummy. I’ve tried a handful of different techniques for cutting the outer skin and then getting rid of the core and then cutting the rings into chunks. But all of them result in the same thing: sticky fingers, juice all over the cutting board, and 5 minutes or more of your life passed by. It’s a good thing pineapple is so tasty … otherwise few would bother with the work needed to serve it.
So imagine my wonder … and joy … when I came across this new gadget while on vacation last week. A pineapple corer/slicer [Amazon link]. How bleeding simple! And obviously these have been around for awhile, but I’ve somehow never seen one before. Have you?
If not, the process of getting the pineapple is reduced to 60 seconds or less. Just cut the top off the pineapple, insert the corer in the middle, spin the handle until it hits the bottom, then pull out. The fruit will come out in a coiled spring shape, which can easily be cut into rings or chunks. I know this isn’t as big an invention as sliced bread, but you can tell how blown away I am simply from the fact that I had to write a blog post about it.
Probably the best part of discovering this gadget is how many more pineapples I’ll be buying … and enjoying … in the months and years ahead. Welcome to my life, pineapple corer!
What’s your favorite pineapple recipe? Would the pineapple corer help you with it? Full disclosure: We used this thing about 10 times and then it got lost in the kitchen junk drawer … mostly we just do it by hand now.