How To Make Crushed Pineapple From Fresh Pineapple

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.

Crushed pineapple in a clear mason jar.

Crushed Pineapple

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.

Chunks of pineapple in a clear bowl

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.
Chunks of pineapple in a teal food processor.

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.

chunks of fresh pineapple in a measuring cup

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.

Pineapple chunks in a food processor crushed.

Step 3 Store Pineapple

Now all you need to do is either use your prepared pineapple or store in in an airtight container.

That’s IT!

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.

Enjoy in a pineapple smoothie or this pineapple melon smoothie.

Top view of crushed pineapple in a jar with fresh pineapple slices on the side.

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!

Homemade crushed pineapple in a small mason jar.

Crushed Pineapple Recipe

Crushed pineapple for smoothies, drinks and your favorite recipes. Learn how to crush your own pineapple in seconds.
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Course: Fruit
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Author: Sandra Shaffer


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Fresh pineapple can be used for a variety of sweet and savory dishes. Crush you own instead of purchasing cans. Economical and doesn't get any fresher! #diy #easyhacks
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  1. Hi! THank you for these tips. Can this replace the crushed pineapple 1:1 in recipes ? As you said, since these have less sugar, I suppose replacing might mean we need to add more sugar in the recipe. Also the canned stuff doesnt have much enzymes going on, so it wont denature the proteins in the baking process- so something like a quick grilling at low temp might be also needed to denature the enzymes before this can be used in recipes-,Temperature%20stability,almost%20completely%20inactivate%20the%20enzyme.

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Jenny, yes, you can replace one for one. I usually don’t add more sugar when I use fresh pineapple in recipes. Usually, the recipe is too sweet for me, but it’s completely your choice and depending on how sweet you want the dish to be. Thanks for this tips on the enzymes. I would think heat may destroy the natural enzymes in pineapple. Not sure though! Thanks for stopping by.

  2. I used this in my Pineapple Angel Food cake instead of the canned stuff – and you are so right!! Totally elevated the recipe to new levels!

  3. Oh goshhh! It looks so yummy. I’m a big fan of pineapple and I can’t wait to add this to a dish I have planned for tomorrow. I bet it will be the best pineapple recipe I’ve ever made! Thanks for your recipe.