How to Cut a Pineapple Like a Chef

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Cutting a pineapple like a chef requires you to first lay it down on a flat surface. Cut a pineapple like a chef with help from an experienced culinary professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Ryan Wagner, and I'm going to teach you how to cut a pineapple like a chef. Most people at home spend a lot of time pulling those little brown divots out of the pineapple. In professional kitchens we don't have time for that. So, here's how we do it. Step one, is we take the pineapple, lay it down, cut the top of it off first, flip it around, cut the other side off. You can keep the top for decoration, but otherwise it's not usable. Next, we put it up on end and I'm going to take a peel with a knife straight down the side. Try not take too wide of a piece, otherwise you'd be wasting some of the pineapple. Then if you see here, there are some little brown divots that people tend to try and pull out at the end. Instead of pulling them out later, we're going to cut them off now. So, once I take my last piece of peel off here, I'm going to just check and make sure I got all those little brown divots out. Teeny, tiny ones don't matter, but make sure you get the big ones. After I have those out, I'm going to go ahead and cut the meat off the pineapple. So, instead of taking the core out of the pineapple when it's done, I'm just going to cut around the core. So the first piece I take off will be cutting right against the core. Take a big piece off, I'll use this piece for slicing. I want to show you another way of cutting a pineapple up. You can also take a piece off in slices. So, if I'm doing that, I'll just take about quarter inch slices off the pineapple, cutting from the outside, in towards the core. Those can easily be used to dice up pineapple. So, with my larger piece of pineapple here, I'm going to go ahead and just take slices. Whatever thickness you want, about a quarter inch, half inch is great. Slice all the way through. When you're done with the slicing, then you can fan them out. Couple different ways I like, is one just sort of push them all over and they lay flat. But it looks nice, nice and presentable. Or you can do like this and you can make them fan out in a narrower pattern. This is great for fruit platters when you need more space in the platter. So, that's how we cut pineapple in a kitchen, just like a chef.

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