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

  1. Fresh pineapple: Peel, core and cut pineapple into rings or chunks. Canned or prepackaged pineapple: Remove from original container.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Squeeze out as much air as you can — or suck it out with a straw — to help prevent freezer burn.
  5. Write the date and the amount of pineapple on outside of container with permanent marker.
  6. Place pineapple back in the freezer and store for up to 10 months.
  7. Thaw pineapple in the refrigerator overnight or throw frozen chunks right into your favorite smoothie or chilled treat.

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