To preserve your own pineapple follow these easy steps.
1. Gather up the gear you will need
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.
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
Stand the pineapple on end. With a sharp knife follow down the pineapple cutting away the outer rind, exposing the inner yellow flesh
Cut those spears into bite sized pieces and enjoy.