Fresh and delicious Crushed Pineapple for all your sweet and savory recipes when you want to add a tropical flavor. Simply enjoy with yogurt, cottage cheese or even as a topping on ice cream.
You can also use fresh crushed pineapple in this Sugar Free Orange Jello Salad instead of buying it from the grocery store.
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Now that I’ve showed you how to cut a pineapple, there is one other simple tip that I think you’ll want to have at your finger tips.
Take those freshly cut pineapple rings and chunks and instead of buying canned crushed pineapple, make your own!
So simple to do and and doesn’t get any fresher! I used to be intimated by handling a fresh pineapple, but one I started to get comfortable cutting it, I now look for pineapple in the store before going to the canned goods isle in the grocery store.
Why Should I Crush My Own Pineapple?
- Economical – pineapple is often on sale for under two dollars each. One medium pineapple will yield about 5 cups of crushed pineapple.
- Less recycling – obviously. No opening cans.
- No sugar added – pineapple has natural sugars, but when processed by manufacturers they often add a heavy sugar syrup. You have control of the type and amount if you choose to add a sweetener.
- Natural ingredients – no extra syrups or preservatives are added in homemade crushed pineapple.
How To Prepare Crushed Pineapple
Step 1 Prepare Pineapple
Once you have a freshly cut pineapple. Cut about 1 cup (or more) of the flesh of the pineapple into chunks.
Make sure you have removed the eyes.
Step 2 Add Pineapple To Food Processor
Now add one cup at a time of the pineapple chunks in a food processor or a blender.
Set on chop mode and pulse for a couple of seconds 2-3 times.
Step 3 Store Pineapple
Now all you need to do is either use your prepared pineapple or store in in an airtight container.
Fresh crushed pineapple can now be used right away or put in an airtight container to use later.
How Long Will Fresh Pineapple Last?
If properly stored in an airtight container, pineapple will stay fresh for 3-5 days.
If you don’t think you will use all the pineapple, then freeze it.
Can Crushed Pineapple Be Frozen?
Yes! Place prepared pineapple in an ice cube tray. Place in the freezer.
Once frozen, remove from the ice tray and transfer to an airtight freezable container or freezer bag.
You can also freeze crushed pineapple in ziplock or vacuum freezer bags. I find that freezing small portions (1/2-1 cup) is easier to use when defrosted.
Use your frozen pineapple within 6 months for the best tasting pineapple.
Measurements for Recipes
Now that you have your crushed pineapple ready for recipes you might want to know how to convert the measurements.
- 4 ounce small can = 1/2 cup
- 8 ounce medium can = 1 cup
- 20 ounce large can = 2 1/2 cups
Recipes To Try
Now that you have your crushed pineapple ready be sure to consider trying these recipes!
- Pineapple Serrano Hummus – a tropical twist to a Mediterranean staple. Perfect for tailgating!
- Hawaiian Baked Chicken – sweet and tangy flavors with chicken thighs.
- Pineapple Angel Food Cake – two ingredients is all it takes to bring you to the tropics.
- Tropical Fruit Cocktail – summer favorite side dish for your cookout.
- Pineapple Casserole Recipe – a Southern dish with a combination of sweet and savory flavors your family will love!
Crushed Pineapple Recipe
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