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How to Cut a Pineapple

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Plus – a good book and a great movie!

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Step 1:  Wash the pineapple so you don’t transfer dirt and germs from the outside to the inside.

Step 2: Cut off both ends.

Step 3: Stand the pineapple up on the bottom and slice down along the sides to remove the skin.

Step 4:  Keeping the pineapple standing up, slice down the length of the pineapple again, but this time, do it along the edge of the core.

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Step 5: Chop up the remaining pieces.

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Super easy, right?  I used to feel very intimidated by pineapples… I always bought the prepackaged ones, which cost at least twice as much per bite!  But cutting them up is really no big deal.

 

Oh, if you want to create rings, after Step 3, you’d do slices and then cut out the core one by one.  Unless you have a pineapple corer, I guess!  (Or is there an easier way to do this? Anyone know?)

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I used one of my pineapple rings to create Upside Down Pineapple Cake Oatmeal.  SO GOOD. It’s a classic in this house!

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Basically, it’s banana oatmeal with a caramelized pineapple on top.

 

2/3 cup oats

1/3 cup water

1/2 cup almond milk

Dash of vanilla extract

Sliced banana

On top: A pineapple ring caramelized in coconut oil and brown sugar (on the stovetop, super easy)

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Alright… so about that great book and movie.

 

I recently read Dark Places by Gillian Flynn and it was such an interesting and exciting read.

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Plot from Amazon:  Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice” of Kinnakee, Kansas.” She survived—and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club—a secret secret society obsessed with notorious crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben. Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history: She’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club—for a fee. As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started—on the run from a killer.

 
On a lighter note, we watched The Way Way Back last night, and it was a HYSTERICAL (yet really touching) movie.

Have you read or watched anything good lately?

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  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More April 29, 2014, 9:24 am

    I LOVE pineapple! And every time I cut it up, I’m always reminded that it’s not as complicated or intimidating as I make it out to be. Same goes for melon. I always feel like I need to buy them pre-sliced but I really DON’T!

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  • Kinsey April 29, 2014, 9:24 am

    I loved the Way, Way back! Not surprising since I though Little Miss Sunshine was fabulous as well. It was just so touching and made me feel embarrassed for the characters all at the same time.

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  • Cassy @ On The Inside April 29, 2014, 9:32 am

    I just got done read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and loved it! I was thinking about getting this one since I really liked Gone Girl, but wasn’t sure if it would be as good. Plus, I think I may be in the mood for a more light-hearted book after all of the suspense and darkness of Gone Girl.

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  • Laura April 29, 2014, 9:37 am

    Oh gosh, I read Dark Places a couple years ago after loving Gone Girl and I found it to be a little to dark for my taste! I could only read it during the day to avoid being totally freaked out before bed. Once it was over I was glad to have read it – it’s well written with some good plot twists – but it was definitely one of the freakier books that I’ve read!

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  • Ashley April 29, 2014, 9:51 am

    I just read that book recently! Did NOT have any idea how it was going to end, haha! I powered through her other two right after that. Addicted!

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  • A April 29, 2014, 10:05 am

    I used to feel intimidated by pineapples too! That oatmeal looks really good. I’m going to have to try it. I’ve heard great things about that book. I loved Gone Girl!

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  • Becky@TheSavedRunner April 29, 2014, 10:09 am

    I don’t know why but I have never tired putting pineapple in my oatmeal. Genius idea. :)

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  • Rachel April 29, 2014, 11:10 am

    I had pineapple with yogurt for breakfast, but I cheated and bought the precut kind! That movie looks awesome! I’ll add that to the list of 826243648 other movies that I want to see :/

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  • Jenna April 29, 2014, 11:45 am

    I toured the Dole Plantation on a trip to Hawaii once.
    I have used their method ever since…. with my own knife.

    http://www.dole-plantation.com/Cutting

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    • Shannon April 29, 2014, 3:42 pm

      I use this method as well. You lose a bit less pineapple that way.

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      • Caitlin April 29, 2014, 3:51 pm

        Sweet! I will check this out – thanks guys!

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  • Luna April 29, 2014, 11:51 am

    I always love books and movies suggestions! I’ve recently ready “Police” by jo Nesbo, I love the author, and I am reading the hypnotist … I think I would suggest both (for the hypnotist, so far).
    I can’t eat fresh pinneapple :( I think I am allergic because my gums get swollen and painfully inflammed, the only way I can tolerate it is..frozen!!So I buy it, cut it and freeze it lol. Pinneaple is yummy with honey too! To cut the inner part and have the rings, you can use one of those “curved kinves” that are used to carve zucchini, if you have one (I think you call it zucchini corer? like this http://www.amazon.com/Better-Houseware-790-C-Zucchini/dp/B00509FTLG ). Cut the inner part, then slice the rings :)

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  • Rebecca April 29, 2014, 12:00 pm

    I saw that book yesterday while I was perusing the book section at WalMart and wondered what it was about. Not sure I’ll be reading it.
    I went to Captain America: The Winter Soldier last weekend with my mom and my sister. So good. And lately I’ve read The Giver and Messenger and I’m surprised I didn’t cry at the end of either one of them. Giver comes out in theaters this summer and I’m debating going to see it. Most recently finished In the Forests of the Night, which was a little different. I almost bought the Ender’s Game trilogy yesterday, but didn’t want to spend that much money on books I might not even read. I tried reading the first book but gave up after a couple of pages. And then I rented the movie and really liked it. Heh…

    I figured out how to cut cantaloupe all by myself a couple weeks ago at work. The pineapple I left for my coworker, because I was intimidated by the spikey parts and stuff. I’ve read different ways of cutting pineapple (in half before cutting off the skin). I suppose it comes down to preference.

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  • Polly @ Tasty Food Project April 29, 2014, 12:21 pm

    This is such a great post on how to cute a pineapple! I usually have my husband do it! haha

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  • Wendy April 29, 2014, 3:52 pm

    Seriously, this tool makes cutting pineapple so easy. No core and it’s cut into rings for you. http://www.amazon.com/OXO-Grips-Ratcheting-Pineapple-Slicer/dp/B005LCT5I0/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1398801023&sr=8-6&keywords=pineapple+corer

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    • Caitlin April 29, 2014, 3:56 pm

      OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

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    • Amber K April 29, 2014, 5:32 pm

      That’s what I have too! Love it.

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  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs April 29, 2014, 3:57 pm

    I enjoyed Gillian Flynn’s ‘Gone Girl’, so I’ll have to check out ‘Dark Places’!

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  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun April 29, 2014, 4:03 pm

    There is nothing better than fresh pineapple! SO delicious!

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  • Elizabeth {Positively Healthy} April 29, 2014, 4:11 pm

    I love tips on how to cut weird fruit! :) I am reading a good book right now {pretty girly though} but it is still good nevertheless!

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  • Mary April 29, 2014, 4:16 pm

    Thanks for the pineapple tip!
    I was always really intimidated by preparing mango, until someone pointed out I should just use a potato peeler. Works like a charm! :)

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    • Anne Weber-Falk April 30, 2014, 9:42 am

      I just slice the mango in half, away from the seed, and eat out of the shell with a spoon. So easy and no mess.

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  • Sara April 29, 2014, 5:02 pm

    I’m reading that book now (66% through, according to my Kindle)! I’m so excited to see what happens that I even skipped Game of Thrones on Sunday in order to keep reading it. Hah!

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  • Anna April 29, 2014, 7:16 pm

    Last winter, I accidentally rented The Way Back (war movie from 2010) instead of The Way Way Back. My family was NOT happy with me.

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  • Mary April 29, 2014, 9:10 pm

    I really enjoyed that book also! I had to buy Sharp Objects, but haven’t started it yet. I really love Flynn’s writing style. I just can’t put it down once I’m (rather quickly) hooked. Definitely dark, but so so good if you can hang.

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    • Kate M April 30, 2014, 9:48 am

      I think Sharp Objects is actually my favorite of her three. I think it was the darkest and had the best twists! Although any book that surprises me with a twist I didn’t see coming automatically elevates it to high literature in my eyes, haha. (I kind of saw this one coming, but it was good enough to where it was still a surprise.)

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  • Katie April 29, 2014, 11:27 pm Reply
    • Caitlin April 30, 2014, 7:37 am

      He’d love that!!! He’d die.

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  • Runner Girl Eats April 30, 2014, 6:02 am

    I looveeee Gillian Flynn books! They are sooo intriguing. Grilled pineapple is my absolute favorite food. I could live on it allll summer.

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  • Shari April 30, 2014, 8:33 am

    I read Sarah McCoy’s THE BAKER’S DAUGHTER last week and absolutely adored it — my favorite book I’ve read in a very long time, and one I still find myself thinking about even days later.

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  • Courtney April 30, 2014, 1:42 pm

    I LOVE all of Gillian Flynn’s books! And if you like her, I definitely recommend Heather Gudenkauf as well. Similar and also fanastic! I think Weight of Silence is my favorite.

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  • Kelli April 30, 2014, 6:42 pm

    I’m like #139 on my list at the library for that book I should just download it!! My mom got me a maid service right after I had my first child was awesome!!

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  • Kathy April 30, 2014, 10:55 pm

    I just watched The Way Way Back too…I had never heard about it despite the pretty famous cast and had no idea what to expect. Those are often some of the best movies and I loved it! I’m going to check out that book (I really like Gone Girl). I’m reading Allie Brosh’s book right now which is great

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  • Laura May 1, 2014, 1:15 pm

    Another tip for pineapples that seems to actually work whenever I do it, is I flip the pineapple upside down for about 30 minutes before cutting. My husband said he read that it makes the juices somehow move down and make it sweeter. I don’t’ know if it’s just been a fluke but I figured why not try, and it has tasted much sweeter than times we haven’t done it!

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  • Kara May 2, 2014, 12:46 pm

    I always love your book choices – I’ve read a few you recommended and loved them all! :) Just starting Dark Places now!

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