Chef Jason Hill of Cooking Sessions explains the benefits of pineapple and shows how to cut a pineapple in this episode of "Chef Tips."
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How to Cut a Pineapple Chef Jason Hill CookingSessions.com Hi I’m Chef Jason Hill here in the beautiful pineapple fields of Dole plantation in Oahu. Let’s go check it out. Many people are surprised when they find out that the pineapple does not grow on a tree. The pineapple plant is relatively small reaching between 3 to 5 feet tall. Peak season for Hawaiian pineapples is between April and May. Pineapple nutrition includes good sources of manganese, vitamin C and B1. Some people say it’s also a great pain reliever. James Dole started his plantation here in 1901. Inside the retail store you can buy fresh pineapples and sample their famous Dole pineapple was. Now that we have our fresh pineapple here are a few tips on how to choose and cut a pineapple. Okay, and when you’re choosing your pineapple at the market you want leaves that are as green as possible, a pineapple that is soft to the touch and you’re gong to pick it up and smell the bottom and you should have a sweet pineapple smell. Pineapples do not get sweeter after being picked so be sure to get a good one right from the store. Alright let’s cut this guy up and we’re going to make a nice little presentation. First I like what I call giveit a haircut because I like to use the leaf as a garnish for my little fruit platter so what I do is I take my chef knife at the base and I just kind of scrape down and give it a little turn and I’ll do this a few times until you get a nice little tight garnish. Alright now that we’ve trimmed our guy up and him look a little nicer we’re going to go ahead and give it a first slice. Now just tilt him on the side and from the top here I’m going to go up about an inch and I’m going to cut of this top for a garnish. Owe! Flip it around and we’ll cut off the base, go up about another inch look nice and straight as possible right down through knife. Now we’re going to shave off the skin and you want to come in about maybe ½ an inch and you’re going to take your knife you’re going to kind of just go down and kind of follow the shape of the pineapple. Okay the side that I have a few divots on I’m just going to go in a little bit deeper and take those out. You don’t want to be chewing on those. They’re sharpen it will cut your lip. What’s that? Okay I’m going to take my knife. I’m going to line up at the center of the core. I’m going to cut it in half by going straight down the pineapple and now we’re going to remove the core because this is really tough and nobody wants to be eaten at. Tucking my fingers take my knife and I’m going down and I’m going to make a V shape to remove the core just enough and you can see it pops right out. Now to make your slices I just flip it over and you can go quarter inch, half inch. Now I just transfer my slices to a little serving platter that you can way out for your friends. You know there are a lot of great recipes out there for pineapple and globe pineapple to pineapple upside down cake but in my opinion you can’t beat a fresh slice on it’s own thanks for tubing in. very nice good.