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Pineapple Slicers / Corers

Tuesday, 3 March 2009 | Tags: ,

Held together by a fibrous core and guarded by a tough, prickly skin, the delicious flesh of the pineapple is a chore to extract. We put some specialized pineapple corers to the test to see if any can make an easier job of this labour-intensive task.

The Basics

  • Most pineapple corers can do one or all of these three tasks: core, slice, and peel.

  • Pineapple corers come in a variety of materials, but most are either all metal (stainless steel) or plastic-metal combinations.

  • Look for a serrated blade to make easier work of the fibrous pineapple skin.

  • Since pineapples are quite juicy and can make your workspace and tools slippery, so look for a comfortable handle with a non-slip grip.

  • For the ultimate in convenience, make sure the label says “dishwasher safe”.

Other Considerations

  • Even if you have a corer, you still need a good cutting board, a serrated knife, and some elbow grease to remove the top and bottom of the fruit in preparation for coring.

  • If your corer doesn’t peel the skin, cut the top and bottom off of the pineapple, stand it up on the now-flat bottom, and use the serrated knife to slice the skin away. You may need to do a bit of clean-up of the flesh afterwards.

  • If you’re preparing a gelatin-based dessert, use canned pineapples instead since fresh pineapples contain an enzyme that prevents gelatin from setting. Canning neutralizes this enzyme.

Be Aware

  • Regular fruit tools like apple corers and slicers aren’t heavy-duty and won’t be long enough to core an entire pineapple, nor do they have serrated blades.

TEST CRITERIA

We went to a fresh fruit juice bar and recruited some fruit-slicing professionals to help us test corers.

  • Paderno World Cuisine 10-inch corer (stainless steel with non-slip grip; cores only): $27.89
. . Amazon.com
  • Pineapple Prince (all stainless steel; cores and peels): $19.95
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  • Norpro Grip-EZ Melon/Pineapple Cutter (plastic-stainless steel; cores and slices length-wise): $35.00
. . Amazon.com
  • Vacu Vin Pineapple Slicer (plastic; cores, slices, and peels): $7.99
. . Amazon.ca Amazon.com
(Note: prices listed above are approximate and in Canadian dollars)

 

Tool Test

  • The Pinapple Prince did a good job of coring and peeling, but the thin, all-metal handle was uncomfortable to use.

  • The Paderno worked well at coring, but compared to the others, it didn’t do enough. It was also hard to remove the core from the tool.

  • The Norpro wheel was awkward to use and required a lot of strength to slice through the skin. It was also pretty big and bulky, making it difficult to store.

  • The Vacu Vin slicer did everything: cored, sliced and peeled. The result was a long, juicy spiral of pineapple flesh. Our testers said it was the easiest to use, the least hassle, and least mess.

OUR TOP PICK

The Vacu Vin did a great job as our all-in-one pineapple prep tool. It cored, peeled, and sliced with the most ease and least mess. 

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