Sunday, June 9, 2013

preserving pinapple

A few weeks ago we got a great deal on pineapples. We bought 6 large pineapples. We ate some, and canned a bunch for later. Preserving pineapple is so easy and simple.

To preserve your own pineapple follow these easy steps.

1. Gather up the gear you will need

a. pineapple
b. canning jars and rings
c. new canning lids
d.  hot water bath canner or steam canner
e. sharp knife
f. cutting board
g. hot pads
h. canning funnel
i.  jar lifter

2. wash the jars and rings in hot soapy water or run through the hottest cycle of the dishwasher.

3.  peel and core the pineapple, cut the pineapple into approximately 1 inch chunks.  I have included a tutorial at the end of this post.

4. pack the cut pineapple into jars.

5. cover with cool water leaving 1/2 inch headroom. You may use a sugar syrup here, but we prefer water packed (in natural juices)

6. preheat canning lids in a small saucepan of boiling water

7. wipe the rims of the jars with a clean  damp cloth to ensure a good seal

8. place preheated lids on jars and tighten down the rings jsut until snug

9.  place jars in the water bath

10 cover the jars with cool water and then bring to a boil.

11.  Start timer and process for 15 minutes for pints and 20 minutes for quarts adjusting for high altitude as needed.
 A general rule of thumb is  add an extra  2 minutes for every 1000 feet above sea level for quarts. Pints add an extra 1 minute for every 1000 feet.

12. remove from the jars from the water bath and let cool completely

13. check to see the jars sealed properly. This is done by pressing in the center of the lids. If they did not seal you will feel the lid popping up and down.

14. wash the jars to get rid of any sticky residue, label and store for later use. Best used within a years time.

We had six pineapples.  We ended up preserving 5 quart jars and ate the rest.

Our pineapple as they went into the jars, and the finished jars. 
This was such a fun and easy project. I loved that we were able to buy the pineapple for such a sweet deal. We already had the jars and supplies on hand. It was worth my time and energy to preserve the pineapple. It saved us a ton of money.

Below is a tutorial on how to cut a pineapple

Cut the top and bottom off the pineapple

Stand the pineapple on end. With a sharp knife follow down the pineapple cutting away the outer rind, exposing the inner yellow flesh

Cut the pineapple in half, then into quarters.

 Cut away the hard center core, (Sorry that picture did not turn out) Then cut the quarters into 2 or 3 spears (depending on the size of the pineapple).

Cut those spears into bite sized pieces and enjoy.


  1. Great post! I really want to can but I still haven't made the jump :) It will be great to pull out fresh pineapple after the season is over :)

  2. Wow, I never thought about canning pineapple! What a great and simple idea!! Do you just add water to the jars as the "juice?"

  3. Great post, thank you! I haven't done any canning before but my husband and I do eat a lot of pineapple so I'm very tempted to try this out (as it sounds so easy!). I found your post via the Hearth & Soul Hop this week :)

  4. Thanks so much for posting this. I've canned lots of fruit but I've never thought of canning pineapple. I hope you don't mind that I've pinned it for future reference.

  5. I am so glad to get this recipe! Thank you so much for sharing your great recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  6. The only way I have preserved pineapple is by dehydrating it, but this looks really good! Thank you for sharing this at the HomeAcre Hop! We'd love to have you back again tomorrow:

  7. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you are having a great day and enjoy your new Red Plate.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. yum! Love this idea. I can't stand canned pineapple that you buy in stores because of all the added sugar. But I could totally get into this.

    Thanks for sharing and linking up!