Pineapple is one of my very favorite fruits. There is nothing else out there with such great sweet and sour combination, and it's texture is unique too. Pineapple is also one of those fruits that is very versatile and can be baked, blended, eaten cold, eaten hot and even grilled. Since it is pineapple season, I hope you get a chance to pick some up, and if you find yourself with a lot, I have included some tips to preserve them as well as 10 awesome pineapple recipes to enjoy them.
It should be noted that pineapples are believed to be so good for us because they help aid digestion as well as boosting your immune system's defenses and even aiding in reducing tooth decay and gum disease.
How to Preserve Pineapple
The technique you use for preserving your pineapple will depend on it's condition. For instance, fresh pineapple (perfectly ripe) is best frozen or dehydrated. If yours is under-ripe, you can pickle or can it, and it makes lovely jams and jellies.
To freeze fresh pineapple, you will want to cut it up completely either into rings or pieces and make sure to take off the rind and the bark. You will lay it on a cookie sheet in a single layer and flash freeze. Place it in zipper style bags in the freezer with a date. It only holds for about 1-2 months for best flavor. Know that freezing can develop the flavor of pineapple, so it is best used for cooking after freezing.
10 Awesome Pineapple Recipes
For a delicious take on the classic grilled cheese, try this Hawaiian Grilled Cheese from House of Yumm.
Since warmer weather is on it's way, check out this delicious Pineapple Berry Smoothie from Roxy's Kitchen.
Use pineapple as a cooking tool when you grill your fish on a piece of pineapple instead of a plank, like Make the Best of Everything did. This is a great way to use up the bark!
I love jerk food like this recipe from Closet Cooking for Grilled Jerk Shrimp with Pineapples.
This Sparkling Pineapple Lemonade from Create Craft Love sounds like a super refreshing drink for the upcoming hot days of summer.
One great way to preserve pineapples is to dry them and make these Super Easy Pineapple Chips from A Lazy Girl.
Raquel has a great new twist on fruit salsas with her recipe for Pineapple Mango Salsa. Wouldn't this be great on some shrimp tacos?
Ambrosia salad lovers will rejoice when you make this Pina Coloda Fluff from Mom on Time Out and take it to your next potluck.
Momables has a simple and healthy snack that you will enjoy making and eating! Try these Banana Split Bites.
A sweet treat that highlights pineapples is these Pineapple Cream Cupcakes from Your Cup of Cake.