How to keep pineapple fresh and tasty

 How to keep pineapple fresh and tasty

Apples and bananas may be the most popular fruits in America, but pineapples aren't far behind. Nearly half of American households buy pineapple every year, and you only have to taste it to understand why. It is a tropical fruit that makes the heart healthy, but it is also sweet and good for your health. Pineapple is a refreshing source of fiber and antioxidants, it makes the perfect balance of taste and flavor. 

Before you get into the juicy pineapple flesh, you have to clear a few obstacles. First, you have to pick a ripe pineapple. Look for a mostly yellow pineapple with a smooth surface. When the exterior is firm but a little soft, it is on its way to maturity. Ripe pineapple will also be heavy, and have a distinct aroma. If you want one that is not yet fully ripe, choose one that is mostly green and has no head.

 Once you have selected a firm pineapple, you need to store it fresh. When the time is right, you will need to cut the hard cord and remove the hard core. It's a labor of love and it's worth it.

 Here's how to store pineapple.

How to store a whole pineapple

Saving a whole pineapple is easy: if it's not fully ripe, put it on your table. Unripe pineapple will continue to ripe to ripen on your counter, but you can speed up the process by placing them in a brown paper bag. Pineapple, among many other fruits and vegetables, emits ethylene gas. Its trap allows the fruit to grow quickly. It usually takes a few days to ripen.

 Once your pineapple is ripe, whether you pick it this way or let it ripen in your kitchen, it's time to cut it. If you are not ready to use it but it is high, you can keep it on your desk for a day or two, but you run the risk that it has passed. Once the pineapple turns yellow or orange with a mushy texture, it grows too much and is about to spoil and turn into an unpleasant sourness.

To shorten this time, you can put the whole pineapple in the refrigerator, preferably covered with a crisper drawer. Plan to cut it in a few days


for the best tastes in the texture.

Read also:How to store  cut pineapples

 If you cut your pineapple, you will have sweet snack to munch on throughout the week. You can also add pieces to smoothies, juices and fruit salads.
First, you will need to cut and slice the pineapple. It sounds scary, but you understand quickly. You can cut your pineapple into pieces or slices: the shape does not affect how it is stored.
Unlike whole pineapple,cut pineapple needs to be refrigerated immediately. Once you've cut your pineapple into the desired shape, place the pieces in a plastic bag or airtight container. Pineapple slices are best if eaten within four days, but can last up to a week. Once the pieces begin to brown, it is a sign that they are going bad and will be sour taste.


Can you freeze pineapple?
Freezing pineapple is a great way to store it if you're not ready to enjoy it. Frozen pineapple will stay fresh in the freezer for several months, but it's best to eat it as soon as possible.
To freeze pineapple, peel and cut a ripe pineapple into slices or cubes. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the chopped pineapple pieces on it. Place the entire tray in the freezer for a few hours or until the pieces are frozen solid. Next, transfer the frozen pineapple chunks to a freezer bag or an airtight container. Return the bag to the freezer, where the fruit will be good to eat until thawed or used to make smoothies, sorbets or frozen margaritas.

 To thaw frozen pineapple, transfer the bag or container to the refrigerator and let it defrost overnight. For something a little quicker, soak a bag of frozen pineapple in cold water.
Once thawed, you can use pineapple as you would if it was freshly diced: in smoothies, salads, juices, and even pizza, if you are pineapple and pizza. You can also add pineapple to sweet and spicy beans, cauliflower al pastor tacos, and jerk pork burgers. For a smoky twist on this sweet fruit, throw a few pineapple slices on the grill. 

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