You may have seen our post earlier regarding the nearly 40 lbs. of fresh pineapple that we picked up from our produce co-op for only $24. This came out to be 16 pineapples, which makes them $1.50 each. Considering that pineapple is in season from March – July, this is the best time of year to grab them and stock up on it for cheaper – then freeze it so you can enjoy it for several months after the season ends. Also, although they are in season right now, they still sell for $1.99 – $2.99 each pineapple. You can occasionally buy them for $1.50 each in the store, but it is much nicer to pick up a whole bunch for this price and get them very fresh as well!
So, yes, we will be freezing most of this stock of pineapple for us to enjoy later!
Let’s answer some questions first about how to freeze pineapple:
- You can freeze pineapple for up to 6 months in it’s own juice.
- We use them for homemade ice cream, our homemade smoothies and foods like this. We haven’t tried defrosting and eating, but we do enjoy eating it as frozen chunks too!
- You can freeze it in slices or chunks.
- Depending on how you plan to use it – you can freeze with or without the core.
- We freeze with the core as we use it blended in one of the above ways we mentioned in the first bullet. We have a Vitamix and so it is a heavy duty blender that can blend that tough core. Besides, we want the core as it is filled with extra nutrition. (You can read about this extra “core” nutrition on the LiveStrong site HERE).
- We do not do anything extra to the pineapple. We just literally cut the skin off, chunk it and freeze! We also are not super picky about cutting out the brown skin that is left (as this has nutrition too!) as it requires cutting into the pineapple quite a bit or taking loads of time to pick each one out. For this purpose, we don’t dig those brown spots out either because the will be blended into our smoothies, ice cream, etc. with the power of the Vitamix.
- For fresh consumption, we will spend the time to pick most of the brown spots out because no one like the consistency of it when eating fresh!
Here’s How We Cut Our Pineapple!
It is actually extremely simple:
Cut the tops and bottom off.
Cut the pineapple in half down the middle (this makes it easier to shave in the next step).
Then, using your knife, shave off the skins.
Cut into thick slices.
Then cut into cubes!
How to Freeze Pineapple!
- You can freeze them into whatever quantities you want.
- When freezing in a bag, squeeze out as much air as you can to make them airtight (or use a vacuum sealer)
- We froze 2 pineapples per each gallon bag.
- When we go to use them, we will bring up one gallon bag from our deep freeze at a time – but only use the amount we need. We rarely use an entire bag at once but rather typically use one bag of pineapple for several batches of smoothies (mixed with other items) or ice cream or other treats!
- The final step is to label your bag or container with the amount of pineapple and the date (to keep yourself from guessing how fresh the pineapple is months from now :)).
So when you have the opportunity to grab pineapple for less, even if you are not sure how you would use it fresh, consider grabbing it and then freezing for future use! It is a great extra way to save!
Do you have any tips on how to freeze pineapple? What was your experience