If you’re like me, you spent your morning google-researching Carmen Miranda’s hat. You know, the singer from the 40s who wore the fruit laden hat? I was curious to see if it had pineapple on it. Most angles show the pineapple top but not a full pineapple, which makes sense since using the whole thing would definitely throw the balance off and not leave much room for the mangoes.
But the subject here is pineapple. Fresh whole pineapple. I think I’ve bought 3 pineapples in my entire life, partly because it gives me a canker sore on my tongue, but mostly because cutting them up irritates me. It’s messy and I feel wasteful. I never cut enough of the core or outer skin off. I gouge out the pokey “eyes” and it’s usually mutilated by the time I’m done.
Enter the pineapple slicer. Could this be the miracle I’ve been waiting for?
It’s a simple $10 tool, but will it do the trick? First, cut off the top of the pineapple (save the top to wear later, if desired).
The slicer is positioned over the core and with a little pressure is twisted down into the pineapple.
Then you pull it out and voila! Pristine pineapple and a shell to serve a fruity drink. Or make a centerpiece? Or a home for a sponge who wears square pants and lives under the sea?
The only limitation to the pineapple slicer is that it creates a continuous ribbon of rings. Of course you can chop or cube them. But if you looking for anything else you are back to your drawing board. I, however, am perfectly happy with this shape and the function of this tool and can wholeheartedly give my stamp of approval.
Pineapple is an obscure fruit. There are usually only half a dozen in the produce section. But who doesn’t love it stuck on a ham with a maraschino cherry in the middle? Or, chopped up in green jello combined with cottage cheese and, again, maraschino cherries. It’s found on a Hawaiian-style pizza. It kicks butt in salsa, smoothies, fruit salad and, of course, the classic Pineapple Upside Down Cake.
I expect to see all of you running in this weekend to buy one, so I’m stocked up!
See you soon,
Head Scullery Maid
PS – If you aren’t familiar with Carmen Miranda, Google her. Her story is somewhat tragic but her elaborate costumes and fruit-filled head dresses are spectacular.
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