This is not a recipe or detailed nutrition article, but, it’s definitely practical. Pineapples are in season. A cup has 2 grams of fiber and provides more than 100% of the daily value of vitamin C. They are juicy, sweet, and cool. Who doesn’t like pineapples?
The problem for many of us might be the cutting. Oh yeah, you have good intentions about cutting up this fruit when you see it beautifully and temptingly sitting in your grocer. You bring it home, get lazy, forget about it, and the reasons go on.
I’m not going to suggest buying chopped pineapple. They are more expensive, plus you are using plastic packaging you can skip to save the environment (Earth Day was only few days ago!).
Keep in a visible place on your counter top. Wait until the skin turns more yellow than green, but don’t wait too long because it can rot in 4 or 5 days. When you’re ready to make dinner, lunch, or anything else, tag cutting up your pineapple along.
Personally, give me a sharp chef knife and a large cutting board, and I’ll chop, slice, or cut anything (although I’m looking for a food processor–do you recommend one?). There are pineapple corers in the market though and they seem to have good reviews. Here’s how I do it:
Speaking of food safety, I recently read a post by fellow RD and blogger (the Candid RD) Gina about refrigerator safety and we all need to know the information she has. How much do you pay attention to refrigerator and food safety in your kitchen?
Is it just me being picky or do some of the Food Network chefs need some food safety training? I was watching Giada De Laurentiis and Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa) the other day, and they both touched raw meat or eggs, then the oil or wine bottle, then the spatula without washing their hands. It was a one shot continuous scene–they didn’t cut and edit so the chef can wash her hands! Food contamination alert! I mean, this is the first thing we learn in food preparation class: “separate, don’t contaminate!” I ALWAYS wash my hands after touching any raw mean, chicken, or fish and before touching anything else. What do you do?