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Yes! You can freeze pineapple. And we have all of the tips on how to best save this fresh fruit for a later date.
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
Follow our step-by-step instructions to preserve the freshness of pineapple when it is in season.
- 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.
What Else Can I Freeze?
Oh, all sorts of stuff. Whenever you’re in fear of wasting leftover food, it’s always a good idea to check on whether or not something can slide right into the freezer. We have a slew of ideas on how to freeze an assortment of items, from milk to chopped veggies.