Have you ever bought enough pineapples at relatively low prices? However, large quantities of pineapple will rot if you don't freeze it. Don't worry-you've got pineapples at a great price and will save you money by freezing this incredibly delicious fruit, which can last up to six months. So, how do you freeze it? Read this article to find out!
Part 1 of 2: Freezing Pineapple Fruit
Step 1. Cut the pineapple
You can cut the pineapple any way you like. First, cut the top and bottom with a sharp knife, then clean the skin and remove the center/core. You can cut the pineapple into cubes, large round shapes, or smaller squares. If you want to get an interesting/unique cut shape, use a pineapple cutter that is easy, convenient and safe to use (it can even cut the core and remove the skin of the pineapple).
Step 2. Line one cake pan with wax paper or parchment paper
One of them will fit. Make sure the pan is large enough to hold all the pineapple chunks-otherwise you may need to use two.
Step 3. Arrange all the pineapple pieces on the wax/parchment paper
Make sure you leave some space between the pineapple chunks, so they don't freeze in one lump.
Step 4. Place the cake pan in the freezer overnight
You can do this in less time, if all the pineapple chunks have completely frozen faster.
Step 5. Put all the pineapple chunks in a special airtight bag or container for freezer storage. You can use a zipped pouch (a kind of zipper), Tupperware, or another sealed storage container. Make sure you first remove all the air in the bag, so that the pineapple chunks don't get freezer burn. Label the bag with the storage date so you know when the pineapple is still edible – frozen pineapples can last in the freezer for up to six months.
Part 2 of 2: Enjoying Frozen Pineapple
Step 1. Add frozen pineapple to smoothies or other frozen drinks
(Smoothie is a drink made from a mixture of frozen fruit, honey/syrup, and shaved ice or fruit, milk, yogurt/ice cream, crushed in a blender until smooth). Just put frozen pineapple in a blender, follow the recipe for a pineapple-based drink or smoothie, and enjoy. Remember to use only a small amount of ice, as frozen pineapple will add a chill to the drink because of the ice that coats it.
Step 2. Enjoy frozen pineapple without processing
Just take the pineapple out of the freezer and bite into those delicious frozen pineapple chunks. Frozen fruit tastes great, and you can do the same trick with other fruits, like blueberries, raspberries, etc. Frozen fruit has an added icing flavor that makes it even tastier-a bit like ice cream.
Step 3. Soften the frozen pineapple
If you want to enjoy peeled pineapple but don't want it frozen, simply transfer the frozen pineapple from the freezer to the refrigerator where it cools and let it sit overnight. Then, take it out of the fridge and enjoy it as is or spritz it with lemon juice first. You can also add it to a fruit salad of your choice.