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Enjoying Pineapples All Summer Long
July 01, 2024

Enjoying Pineapples All Summer Long


Summer is officially here. There are plenty of summer fruits we enjoy during this time of the year. So, we are going to spend some time on that topic this month.

Happy Summer!

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How to Pick a Pineapple?

Certain fruits are more special than the others in summer time, such as pineapples, watermelon and mangoes. But to many people, how to pick a good one is still a mystery. We are diving in the details of pineapples this time.

First of all, understand that the pineapples were shipped to the store warehouse raw. They were nowhere to be ripe enough to eat. The reason of doing that is to keep the shelf life of the fruit longer before it is actually put on the shelves. And when it is finally on the shelf, it will start ripening up.

However, some got ripened sooner than the other. Obviously if you see a yellow one, that’s a good sign.

But there are a few things you can determine whether it is ripe enough to eat. Because once you cut it up, it may be too late. There is no going back. Here are some tips:

1) Appearance matters. Other than the outside looks yellow, I always look at the bottom. If the bottom texture looks about the same as the rest of the entire pineapple, that’s great. But sometimes you will see some spots look dry or like moldy. Skip that pineapple and move on to the next one.

2) Green is still good. If the pineapple is green, it is perfectly fine as long as the outside all looks ok as mentioned above. So, what do you do with that green pineapple? I normally put it at the corner in the kitchen where it gets most of the sunshine or at the warmest area. It will fasten that ripening process. Every pineapple is different in its own right. Sometimes, it can take up to a week before it is ripe enough to cut it up.

3) Fragrance matters. You can smell it when a pineapple is ready.

Once your pineapple reaches to the point of fulfilling all the things mentioned above, you can cut it up and enjoy!

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Pineapple Kielbasa

I must admit that I use a lot of canned pineapples for many recipes because of the convenience and its longer shelf life.

Of course, you can replace the canned one with the fresh one. But when you realize that the fresh pineapple is a bit too sour to eat, this will be the perfect recipe for it. The saltiness of the Kielbasa sausage will balance it out.

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