Pineapple is a healthy and sweet staple in our household. I like to stock up on fresh pineapple every year from our local produce co-op. Unfortunately, my little family can't get through an entire pineapple before it goes bad. I like to freeze leftover pineapple so that we can enjoy it long after the season ends. Because pineapple does lose a bit of its consistency and flavor after thawing, I find it works best to use it in desserts and smoothies.
How to Freeze Pineapple
- Fresh pineapple: Peel, core and cut pineapple into rings or chunks. Canned or prepackaged pineapple: Remove from original container.
- Place parchment paper or wax paper on a cookie sheet. Arrange pineapple on cookie sheet, making sure no pieces touch — you don't want them to clump together! Place cookie sheet in the freezer for about 24 hours or until the pineapple is completely frozen.
- Drop the frozen pineapple into a freezer bag or freezer-safe container. Separate the pineapple into single servings or freeze a few gallons at a time.
- Squeeze out as much air as you can — or suck it out with a straw — to help prevent freezer burn.
- Write the date and the amount of pineapple on outside of container with permanent marker.
- Place pineapple back in the freezer and store for up to 10 months.
- Thaw pineapple in the refrigerator overnight or throw frozen chunks right into your favorite smoothie or chilled treat.
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