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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Pineapple Boats

This project is a fun thing I learned from an incredible friend of mine, Irma. Enjoy!

First, here's what you need:

A large pineapple, a medium-sized, serrated knife, a smaller, pointy, serrated knife, and a cutting board.

Cut the pineapple in half, lengthwise.

Be sure to cut the top as well.

It will look like this when you're through with this part:

Then cut each piece in half, lengthwise, like this:

I usually score the top first in order because it's hard to get this cut straight. Remember to continue your cut through the top green part of the pineapple.

When you are finished with that part, you should have four pieces, like this:

Now, use your smaller, pointy knife and insert it under the core (harder center part) of the pineapple like this:

Make your cut down the length of the core.

Now turn your knife so that the blade is pointing the other direction (back where you started that cut)...

and continue to cut so that the fruit is separated from the outside peel

Here's what it will look like when you are done with that part. Now the pineapple fruit (the part you eat) should be completely separated from the core and peel. You could remove it at this point if you wanted... but don't remove it yet!

Now use your pointy knife to cut straight down, starting under the core

It should look like this once you've done the whole piece:

Finally, you just separate the pieces, pushing them out halfway, alternating.

That's it, you're done! You may want to do a test run before you take this to a party so that you can practice your knife skills. And by all means, please be careful and don't cut yourself!!!

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