I told you yesterday in my Rise & Shine post that I was freezing my $1 pineapples from QFC and I’m happy to report that it turned out great! I had never done this before, but it was so easy, that I definitely think I’ll be doing it again.
First I cut them all up into chunks. I used a pineapple peeler, corer gadget. Have you seen these before? The verdict is still out on whether I think they are more a pain than a help. They are very sharp, so be careful. I didn’t cut myself. . . this time. I got this from my days as a Pampered Chef peddler. I wonder about something like this – Easy Tool Stainless Steel Fruit Pineapple Corer Slicer Peeler Cut (Amazon) – anyone have one? Does it work?
After dicing my pineapples into 1-2 inch chunks, I spread it out onto a cookie sheet and popped it in the freezer for 24 hours. I did this so that the pieces of pineapple wouldn’t freeze in one big chunk inside a bag. I wish I would have put down parchment or wax paper because they did freeze to the pan.
But I just used a metal spatula and I scraped the pineapple into gallon bags and we’ll probably use it for smoothies!
I heard some of you bought as many as 50 pineapples at your local store! I can’t imagine processing that many pineapples but the price just can’t be beat! I did the math and I weighed the “meat” after I trimmed them up and I got about 1.5 pounds from each one! That comes out to $0.67/lb – not too shabby!
Have you ever frozen pineapple before? I also think it would be delicious to dehydrate!