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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Chris April 22, 2019
Ugh. I don’t have time to clean up that mess. We use a Newness brand metal pineapple corer that works like a charm. No sticky fingers.
 
Chris April 22, 2019
And we can use the shell for pina coladas. Even better.
 
Heyy April 15, 2019
Maybe, they cover the GROSS VIDEO ABOUT PINEAPPLE by converting it into PINEAPPLE HACK FOOD.
The actual video trending this past few days has been deleted already.
You know what I mean...
 
Roger D. March 25, 2019
Looks to be a genuine waste of time.
Continue cutting your pineapples as usual.
 
Lorraine March 25, 2019
Horrible slurping noise from the person eating the pineapple makes me already not a fan of the so-called hack. Now put your slurpy fingers back into the fruit...gross.
 
OhMisha March 25, 2019
It occurs to me that that may be the actual reason this went viral...
 
Lauren B. March 26, 2019
LOL that is the funniest comment ever! And true!
 
OhMisha March 23, 2019
Video feeds that rely on twitter leaves me, and I think a lot of people like me who do not subscribe to twitter, completely out. Please post video's that don't rely on twitter in the future. Fortunately for me at least, I already knew this technique. That may not be the case for many others.
 
Penny H. March 23, 2019
I'm with you on that. I don't do Twitter, and rarely look at Facebook and YouTube.
 
Lauren B. March 22, 2019
I would like to see a video showing the entire procedure, including the beginning. In the meantime dear husband slices up pineapple flawlessly; good enough for me!
 
JenKalb March 22, 2019
This doesn't mention a really amazing thing - that you can twist the top of a ripe pineapple right off. Of course you probably still need a knife to get into the fruit, but its fun and cleaner to twist it off (also helpful if you want to store an uncut ripe fruit in the frig.)
 
DONALD W. March 21, 2019
Try getting a relly ripe pineapple is the first trick , around here they snatch them away before they start to get ripe . I spoke to several different produce managers and was told they do what they were to do . I've asked about getting ones that are removed and was told no . You must buy the green fruit and hang on to it till it ripens . Main reason most don't like to eat fresh pineapple is
they never had sweet juicy ripe one .
 
Bud Z. March 21, 2019
This pineapple hack maybe fine for an individual or couple of lovebirds, but not for serving guests. It presumptuous to we have been eating pineapple the wrong way.
Food 52, don’t let your success go to your heads. I love your recipes and innovative tools and tips.
Be sure and look closely that your promoting good value in your recommendations.
They say eating standing up over a sink isn’t healthy. Eating a hacked pineapple In the den watching TV sounds like an awful idea.
Thanks for listening.
 
Justine S. March 21, 2019
I have the OXO pineapple sliced and since receiving it as a gift I’ve eaten more pineapples than ever before in my life. It’s so easy!
 
Maribones March 21, 2019
Pffft, that sounds like a party trick. Not at all practical.
 
Penny H. March 21, 2019
When I was a kid, my step-mother's sister got a case of pineapple. We gathered at one of the houses and made pineapple preserves. It was delicious. But..by the time we were finished we were all covered in pineapple juice and had to hose down in the yard. This sounds just as messy and I hesitate to buy a whole pineapple for me anyway. I'd never be able to eat the whole pineapple this way before it went bad.
 
Sherry L. March 21, 2019
That pineapple hack is a fail. I was very excited to try, but just made a gigantic mess. https://skillet.lifehacker.com/this-viral-pineapple-hack-has-some-issues-1833110354
 
nmnygard March 21, 2019
First of all, I didn't know there was anything 'new' about this; I think I encountered this method of disassembling a pineapple in the 80's, shortly after discovering pina coladas. Also, you don't have to cut first. Just roll it against a hard surface for a bit, then bend it twice (or more) so it cracks open enough to pull out the first section.
However, forget it if you are trying to consume a pineapple that isn't entirely ripe, or if you don't intend to eat the entire pineapple. Or if you mind the mess it may create.
I find that cutting is much simpler, unless I don't have a knife.
 
Briley P. March 21, 2019
You are completely right about the pineapple! Considered 4 too long a healthy fruit to eat and delicious anyway you fix it! Too many good things to say!
PINEAPPLE. A GREAT AND DELICIOUS WAY TO LOSE WEIGHT
 
Heyy April 15, 2019
Actually, this is not the trending one. There is a video about the pineapple and its gross. The video has been deleted already, and this blog is a lie.
 
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.
 
Sybil March 21, 2019
What do I need to dehydrate a pineapple.
 
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.