Sunday, May 10, 2015

Saving Pineapples

I love this time of year when the fresh markets open with an abundance of fresh fruits and veggies.


If you are staying on campus for summer classes or simply working to pay for tuition next year...great ways to cut your grocery bill is buying local and/or buying in bulk when certain produce is in season. 

What's even better...having a freezer! Almost any produce or fruit can be frozen for future use. Nothing like fresh tropical flavors in the middle of winter or on a rainy day!

See previous posts for Freezing Bananas and Saving Mangoes.

Saving Pineapples

Equipment: 
Large, sharp knife
Freezer bags

Ingredients:
Fresh Pineapple

Instructions:
1. Wash your hands. 
2. Cut off the base and top.



3. Now cut the pineapple into quarters.


4. Trim off the tough core /center.


5. Split each quarter into half.


6. Closely cut the pineapple flesh at the base and then slice into bite-size chunks of goodness.


7. Have your freezer bags ready.


8. Once you have the bag 3/4 filled, try to flatten into a single layer.


Lying things flat in the freezer minimizes space needed. Best of all, you now have fresh flavors for the upcoming weeks and you have reduced wasting food and money!