I am not an expert on drying pineapples. I have read about drying them on the internet and on facebook. It always seemed too complicated to me, so I was afraid to try it. I decided since I was on Christmas break and I had some pineapples left over from Christmas decorating, it wouldn't hurt to try.
This is what I did.
I got a larger knife and cutting board. I cut the top off of the pineapple. I would say that I went an inch to an inch and a half below the plumes (I think that is what they are called...LOL!).
Then I cut around the inside of the pineapple getting as close to the edge as I could. I then cut into the middle of the fruit to loosen it up. I made several cuts to make it easier to empty the pineapple out. Once I got it loosened up I used my hands to pull the fruit out. I tried not to use my hands at first, but found that that was the easiest way to do it.
I emptied the pineapple out just like you would empty a pumpkin out that you were going to carve. The bottom of the pineapple was the hardest to get emptied out. You just have to keep at it. I also hollowed out the top portion that I cut off. All in all, I would say it took about ten minutes to hollow the pineapple out. It is pretty messy and sticking too. = )
After the pineapple was cleaned out, I took a paper towel and used it to get more of the juice out of the pineapple. When I felt I had gotten all the juice out that I could, I stuffed the pineapple with paper towels. I stuffed it all the way to the top, pushing the paper towels down so that I could get as many in as possible. The paper towels will absorb the juices as the pineapple dries.
I placed both pieces of the pineapple on a baking sheet and placed them in the oven at 185 degrees. I read that it would take 10 hours for the pineapple to dry. It was more like 13 to 14 for me. The top was finished first so I took it out before the bottom. For the last hour or so, I took the paper towels out of the pineapple and let it dry some more. I mostly went my feel and sight to tell if it was dry enough. I just dried mine two days ago, so I do not know how they will hold up. If you have any other questions, let me know and I will try to answer them.
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Did you know that...
Pineapples take about 18 months to grow?
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