Techniques: The Pineapple

Summer is approaching quickly (and the weather thinks it’s already here), which means it’s fruit season! And by fruit season, I mean the good, flavorful fruit. Not the pale colored, tastes-like-nothing fruit that we can still buy in the winter. Blackberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, cherries, limes, nectarines, peaches, raspberries, watermelon, all come into season in the summer.

Today, we’re focusing on a pineapple. A pineapple is high in magnesium and vitamin C. Over 25 million tons of pineapple are grown yearly worldwide. There are tons of ways to cut a pineapple, but we want to show you what we’ve found to be the easiest, with the least amount of waste. Because who wants to waste delicious pineapple?!

We started our techniques video series with the onion, and we’re continuing it with a fruitful summer! Be sure to tune into our YouTube channel for all the techniques. We’re kicking off a fruitful few weeks with the pineapple cutting tutorial, and we will continue with a watermelon video and a cantaloupe video, too!

Without further ado, we bring you Techniques: The Pineapple.

Thanks for watching! Be sure to let us know if there’s a technique you’d like us to do a video of. We want to hear from you!

-K

P.S. Having a hard time with this, or any, pineapple cutting technique? This is a nifty tool my mom swears by:

Silver Stainless Steel Pineapple De-Corer Peeler Stem Remover Blades for Diced Fruit Rings by Super Z Outlet*

 


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This part always makes me cry.

You probably already know what I’m going to say. Cutting an onion. I’ve heard all the tricks… run hot water nearby, leave the root intact, lemon juice, freezing the onion, what have you. None of them work for me. So if you have some magical trick, please feel free to share!

Cutting an onion is one of the first techniques I learned in culinary school. It’s a basic technique used constantly, as onions are a great source for flavor building in cooking. I’ve gotten a ton of questions on how to properly cut an onion. As any chef will tell you, there are many ways to do something that achieves the same end result. Here is how we cut an onion – a quick and easy way to dice and slice an onion:

Tips for our method:

  • Use a sharp knife – this makes all the difference. A sharp knife makes this technique easy, and a lot safer.
  • Keep your fingers out of the way. When making the horizontal cuts to dice, be sure to keep your fingers even with your palm.
  • Make the horizontal and vertical cuts as big or small as your desires dice size. For example: if you want a small dice, make both sets of cuts about 1/4 inch apart.

Mastering this trick is important since onions are a foundational ingredient in so many recipes!

We like using cutting boards with grips on the sides to prevent the board from slipping, like these:


The Original GORILLA GRIP (TM) Set of 3 Non-Slip Reversible Cutting Boards, BPA Free, FDA Approved Materials (Set of 3 Boards: Green)

-K

 


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Let the food journey begin!

I’m going to be honest with you. The first post on a blog is intimidating. But the good news is, once we get through this part, we can get down to the good stuff. And yes, I’m talking about the food!

Welcome to Simply Seasoned. This blog was a spit ball idea my sister threw out one day, that eventually turned into a dream, now becoming a reality.

Besides just loving to eat, I love food because it brings people together. It’s something everyone can connect with. Sometimes being a professional cook, I want to keep all my recipes to myself – so only I know the secret ingredients. But really, what’s the fun in that if everyone else can’t be enjoying it too?

On top of recipes, we will be posting a Did You Know? series. In this series, we will cover individual ingredients – their health benefits, common and uncommon uses, and more. We will also be sharing fun information that we learned through our experiences in a professional kitchen.

There will also be a Techniques and Skills section. Sounds boring, but I promise this will quickly become a great resource! We will be showing you how we prepare things – from dicing an onion to poaching an egg. Ever wonder how chefs prepare something? Don’t be shy – feel free to ask us how!

Though food at restaurants may look fancy, cooking all comes down to a basic set of techniques applied in various different ways. We are excited to share with you all that we have learned in a professional kitchen, and to help you make cooking at home simple – and fun!

Here’s to our new journey of food together. Lettuce celebrate!

-K