Pineapples are one of the most delicious fruits on the planet, and they’re also rather unique.
For example, did you know that they grow in the ground on a plant rather than up in a tree, and take three years to mature?
I think you’ll agree when I say pineapples can be pretty hard to cut into. With the prickly outer layer and the hard core, I’ve skipped buying fresh in the past because of time constraints, and because of the complicated and messy process it can involve.
However, pre-cut and pre-packaged fresh fruit can be rather expensive, so what’s a pineapple lover to do?
If you can relate, and have been passing on the fresh, whole variety due to the intense concentration and tenacity required to cut into the thing, or the price of the pre-cut stuff, then let me tell you, there is a better option out there…
What is it?
A Pineapple Corer.
Not only does a corer make cutting this tropical fruit very simple, it also makes the fruit look way nicer than most of us could do on our own!
After using this tool, you’re left with the most beautiful yellow rings, which look like something a professional chef created.
Below are some of the best options for these products. We’ll give you our top pick, guide you through what to look for when purchasing one of these convenient devices, and then give you some more options.
Bottom Line Up Front – Our Top Pick
OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Ratcheting Pineapple Slicer
This model quickly and easily does the job, and does it well.
It comes with a ratcheting feature, which keeps you from losing your grip or having to re-adjust when trying to slice the fruit. The top easily pops off, and the slices slide down the handle.
The measurement feature is also very nice, as it prevents you from piercing the bottom of the shell (very easy to do once you get started). The empty shell can then be re-filled with fresh fruit for a nice centerpiece on your dinner table.
This product is dishwasher safe and compact enough that it can be stored in your utensil drawer. It’s stainless steel and comes with a sharp blade that effortlessly cuts through the fruit without making a mess.
If you haven’t seen one of these in action, allow me to explain the process. But don’t worry – its super simple!
Here’s how it works:
1. First, you simply cut off the top of the fruit.
2. Then, using the measurement feature, figure out how far down you need to go (this will prevent piercing the bottom, like I mentioned above)
3. Next, place the blade in the middle and, using the ratchet, you’ll move the blade down to the point you measured.
4. With one hand on the fruit and the other on the tool, pull up and remove the fruit.
5. Push the release button to pop off the handle and flip over the blade, and slide the rings off the tool.
A few users tested this tool to see if it wasted any of the fruit, and found that very little was wasted. They deemed it a very efficient product, especially when compared to others in this category.
Users love how strong and sturdy this model is, and highly recommend this over the plastic versions you can also buy online.
Things You Should Look at When Choosing A Model
When looking for the best product, below are a few things we considered before making our decision, and we suggest you do the same.
Material – This tool should be made out of stainless steel, as the fruit it will be used on is very tough, and you’ll want the product to be able to handle a little force.
The plastic models don’t last long, usually around 1-2 uses, and aren’t a good option for the environment as they take a very long time to break down after they’ve been tossed in the trash.
Blade – This should be very sharp, and of good quality. It’s a little hard to tell before using, so we suggest reading reviews before you make a purchase.
If the blade is weak, it will tear the fruit rather than cutting it, leaving you with a lot of ripped pieces and a big mess, with a lot of wasted juice.
Handle – Since you will be holding on to the handle and twisting it the majority of the time, you’ll want this to be very comfortable, with a nice grip.
The model we recommend requires no twisting, as it has the ratcheting feature. But all of the others on the list do require you to do most of the work.
Other Models Worth Considering
Maybe you don’t care about the ratcheting feature and are curious about some less expensive models, or you’re just looking for more of an opportunity to weigh your options.
Below are some other contenders we recommend.
Easy Tool Stainless Steel
This is a very basic model, recommended for those who don’t eat a lot of this type of tropical produce, but who are interested in trying one of these tools.
It doesn’t come with the ratcheting feature, so you have to use a little more force than you do with the one listed above, but everything else is very similar.
A few users did complain about the final product, saying that the blade on this model isn’t very straight and sharp, causing more of a tear in the rings than a slice.
Another user also mentioned that it can be a little messy, creating a lot of juice when it’s in use, which is something that is pretty common with the cheaper models.
That being said, a lot of users still really like this product. It’s stainless steel, and does make cutting this tricky fruit easier. If you don’t mind a little mess, then this would be a great option.
All-Ware Stainless Steel
This is another decent option, and one that is made to last, with a sturdy stainless blade.
It’s very easy to use without having to use too much force. It cuts the fruit well and leaves the bottom intact, so you can re-use the shell as a cup or a bowl. This would be a great tool to help you prepare for a tropical themed party.
A few users did mention that it sometimes shreds the fruit rather than slicing it, squeezing some of the juice from the fruit. Even so, the juice can easily be poured out of the shell at the end and into a glass for drinking (or drink it right out of the pineapple shell!).
Statko Stainless Steel
This is another very similar product to the last two mentioned above, and is also made of stainless steel.
The blade is very sharp, it cuts through the fruit effortlessly, and it is dishwasher safe.
This model makes 3-inch rings, and you’re left again with an empty shell to do whatever you wish with. This product does lose a little bit of juice when you’re twisting it down, but you can pour it out and drink it when you finish cutting.
The Vacu Vin 4-in-1: Another Best Buy
As you can tell from this list so far, there are a lot of great tools to help you cut this tricky produce more effectively, and a lot of them are very similar.
However, this model has something that makes it stand out…
… and that is the wedge attachment.
This addition makes it very easy to turn your slices into chunks rather than just rings. I don’t know about you, but usually I want my fruit in pieces that I can pick up or eat with a fork.
This tool is very easy to use and allows you to get the final product on the table in 30 seconds. It’s stainless steel and dishwasher safe.
It follows the same corkscrew twisting method as the others on this list, and the handle easily pops off, so you can slide your slices off the tool.
This product is a little more expensive. But, this is justified as it comes with the tool to cut your fruit into wedges, which are great for kabobs, salads, or topping pizza. Again, this model comes highly recommended.
No More Wasted Fruit
If you’re over the days of wasting fruit because you just don’t know how to cut it in the most efficient manner, or if you’re unsure of which parts are edible and wondering where the core ends, then I suggest you look into getting a corer that you can use in your own kitchen.
And if you’re anything like me, we can try to fool our friends into thinking it was us who cut those beautiful pineapple rings. Sure, they’ll be onto us sooner or later… and they’ll probably end up wanting one of these tools for themselves!
About Sarah Hagstrom
Sarah is a health food advocate and loves to spend her time whipping up something healthy and delicious in the kitchen and then sharing either on Foodal or on her own blog "The Seasonal Diet" (www.theseasonaldiet.com). She lives in Sunny San Diego with her husband, where they enjoy running on the beach and weekend adventures.