Pineapple is one of those fruits that are much less expensive to buy whole, rather than already cut into pieces.
Of course, buying whole means you need to use the entire pineapple before it breaks down and spoils. If you have read my Keys To Saving, you know I try to avoid throwing away food. So can you freeze a pineapple? Yes you can.
Once considered the fruit of royalty, pineapples quickly became a symbol of hospitality, welcoming and celebration between guests and hosts. Today, in 2011, farmers export pineapples from tropical climates throughout the world. The narrow window between a ripe and spoiled pineapple causes many grocery stores to stock this prickly treat when it’s green, not golden. Frozen pineapple is useful in making smoothies and desserts, but like most fruits, it won’t retain its full flavor or consistency after thawing. Proper preparation and planning will keep your frozen pineapple fresh for up to 10 months.
Core a fresh, golden-yellow pineapple by cutting a square around the stem, through the base of the fruit and removing the entire middle section. Slice off the sides, or rind, until the prickly “eyes” are no longer visible on the inside fruit.
Slice the pineapple into strips, cubes or crush the fruit into shredded pieces. Create small chunks if you plan on using the pineapple for smoothies or fruit drinks. Crush the pineapple only if you intend on using the entire bag at once, since frozen crushed pineapple is difficult to separate when frozen.
Spoon the pineapple into a freezer-ready zip seal plastic bag. Remove any excess air by squeezing the bag from the bottom up and zipping the seal.
Write the freezing date on the outside of the plastic bag before placing it into the freezer.
Thaw your pineapple at room temperature for a few hours or until soft. Avoid refreezing after thawing.