Kitchen Hacks

The Pineapple Hack That’s Taking Over the Internet Right Now

This is honestly a revelation.

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March 12, 2019
Photo by James Ransom

Some discoveries in life are so shocking, they make you question everything that’s ever happened to you. This about describes how it feels to find out that we may have been eating pineapples wrong this entire time.

If you haven’t seen the pineapple hack that’s been trending on Twitter over the last week or so, look for yourself:

According to this hack, not only do you not need to cut or core a pineapple, you don’t even need to peel it. In fact, all you do is pull it apart, piece by piece, using the nodes on the rind as a guide.

In practice, it’s not quite so simple. This method is most easily done with something called a snack pineapple or “snack pine,” a specialty version of the produce that’s smaller (around 10 centimeters in diameter), sweeter, and less fibrous than a traditional pineapple. Perhaps unsurprisingly, snack pineapples are big in Japan, where fresh fruit is a form of art.

Luckily, you can still get the same results from a standard pineapple from the store— just start with one that’s very ripe, and per one pineapple guru, roll it across the table to loosen the fibers first. And to be clear: You do need to remove the top first, and you may have to make some preliminary cuts to get started.

Quite frankly, unless you do get your hands on a cute little snack pine, dealing with a full-sized pineapple this way seems a touch wasteful, and a little messy. On the other hand, it’s undeniably useful in case you should ever find yourself, I don’t know, stranded on a tropical island with nothing to eat but fresh fruit.

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“I remember the times when Lifehacker, TheKitchn or this site published actual food hacks. Like how to peel a bunch of garlic cloves or how to remove the pit from an avocado. Nowadays it seems that all the so-called hacks are just weird ways to do things, that may be funny a couple of times but that aren't useful at all. And it's always the same litany: click-baity title - "we were wrong the entire time, our life is a lie" - caveats. This time: - You need a "special" pineapple that probably costs 10 times the normal one - You need to make some cuts, so you need a knife (while you're at it, why not cutting the entire thing) - It doesn't seem a good idea to serve fruit to guests Ok, if I'll ever end up on a desert island I'll give it a try. Or maybe I'll be so hungry that crushing a pineapple with a stone and eat with my sole face would be a viable option too.”
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In the meantime, let me know if you’ve successfully managed to complete this hack, or if you have an even more efficient method for us to try. More importantly: If anyone has information on other "snack" versions of existing fruits, I'm listening.

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6 Comments

Sam H. March 18, 2019
I just eat my pineapples like watermelon, and leave the uneaten portion intact. 3 cuts and I'm already eating...
 
Kathleen March 15, 2019
This sounds about as useful and time consuming as eating an ear of corn as some of my Vietnamese friends showed me years ago. Gently steam (nuke) the corn, then pick off the kernels one by one. If I wished to spend the entire afternoon eating a pineapple, I'd probably give this a try.
 
Kim B. March 15, 2019
Dehydrate it is like eating pineapple candy. We love it when I can get them at a reasonable price.
 
calbo March 13, 2019
I remember the times when Lifehacker, TheKitchn or this site published actual food hacks. Like how to peel a bunch of garlic cloves or how to remove the pit from an avocado. Nowadays it seems that all the so-called hacks are just weird ways to do things, that may be funny a couple of times but that aren't useful at all. And it's always the same litany: click-baity title - "we were wrong the entire time, our life is a lie" - caveats.

This time:
- You need a "special" pineapple that probably costs 10 times the normal one
- You need to make some cuts, so you need a knife (while you're at it, why not cutting the entire thing)
- It doesn't seem a good idea to serve fruit to guests

Ok, if I'll ever end up on a desert island I'll give it a try. Or maybe I'll be so hungry that crushing a pineapple with a stone and eat with my sole face would be a viable option too.
 
Panfusine March 12, 2019
Dust each exposed surface with Trader Joe's Chile lime seasoning for an extra 'Ooomph' as you pick away at the fruit.
 
Brinda A. March 12, 2019
MIND. BLOWN.