How to Freeze Pineapple… a Frugal Living Tip!

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Did ya’ll score on some cheap pineapple this week?

I took advantage of the sale at Fred Meyer and picked up 6 fresh pineapple. Now, my family is big on fresh fruit (it’s probably more than 50% of our grocery budget), but still, 6 pineapple is a lot of paradise to consume in just a few days. So I decided to freeze it to use in homemade frozen yogurt and smoothies. And just a side note…I like to use frozen fruit in smoothies so I don’t have to add ice to my smoothies. The fruit IS the ice.

Freezing pineapple is super easy and it tastes delicious when you are ready to eat it again. You can even munch on frozen wedges as a healthy summer snack. So here’s how I did it. Oh, and by the way, you can do this with strawberries and other fruits too..

Step 1:

Select a ripe pineappe, preferably one that you can actually smell the sweetness when the fruit is whole.

Step 2:

Cut the top, bottom and peel off. I used a standard chef’s knife.  Or you can use this awesome Pineapple Corer!

Step 3:

Cut the core out of the pineapple and cut into slices and then chunks.

Step 4:

Place the chunks on a dry cookie sheet and put in the freezer for the better part of a day.

Step 5:

Once frozen, use a spatula to release the frozen pineapple from the cookie sheet and store in Ziploc freezer bags or containers. Make sure to label your bag with the date of the freeze. The fruit should last at least 6 months.

Now you have deliciously sweet frozen pineapple for whatever you need all summer long. So stock up! Head on over to Freddies and pick up some more pineapple paradise!

For even quicker cutting try our pineapple cutting tool!

The pineapple corer and slicer is one of my favorite tools in the kitchen. Watch this video here where I show Cathy how I use it in my kitchen. There are many slicers to choose from, but this one here is like the one I have plus an additional slicer to give you those bite size chunks!

Got kitchen tool envy? Check this one out!

 

Comments

  • how would you freeze strawberries? would you just cut the tops off and slice in half and put on cookie sheets just like the pineapple?

  • Oh my goodness Dana! Thank you for posting this! How did I miss the FAB pineapple sale?!

  • Helen in Meridian

    If you have a VitaMix or BlendTec, you can put the core into your smoothy. The core has the most vitamins, I have been told.

  • charliecheerio

    One more hint: Put the pineapple upside down in the fridge for about an hour before slicing it. The juices will flow from the bottom of the pineapple and throughout the fruit.

    $1 pineapples. . . wow.

  • shirley

    did you know you can buy really green pineapple and ripen it at home? Store it upside down until it is ripe. I couldn’t believe this worked, but it does. You may have to wait a couple of weeks for it to ripen though. My dad was told this by a produce manager at Sams.

  • Tali

    Nothing fantastic to add except that I got 20 of those babies and 17 are in the freezer…I skipped the freezing separably and just put them in zip lock bags…(experimented with 1 early in the week and when it defrosted great I got more).

  • KarenL

    I’d suggest laying down a sheet of parchment paper on your cookie sheet before freezing the pineapple.
    What will the quality be like when thawed? How would you use frozen pineapple? Smoothies, like another reply suggested?

    • I’m with you on the parchment. I throw down a silpat, and away I go! I like the quality. Great for baking, smoothies, in recipes, etc. Plus, it’s awesome, in the middle of winter to pull out some frozen, let it thaw, and just have fresh pineapple slices!

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