Pineapple Food Ideas and Kitchen Gifts

by CherylsArt

Pineapples are a juicy fruit that can be eaten by themselves, or enjoyed in a variety of recipes. For a splash of yellow in the kitchen, consider the ripe pineapple.

Pineapples are full of vitamin C, making them a good nutritional choice. I, myself, like them in smoothies. They're a great way to start off the day. You’ll find my basic recipe for banana pineapple smoothie below.

Pineapples are also a fun decorating idea, especially if you want a little splash of yellow in the kitchen. You’ll find a variety of decorative ideas, including wall clocks and kitchen towels.

I like eating healthier and making a smoothie for my breakfast has now become a habit of choice for me.

When I choose a pineapple, I like to see some yellow in the skin.

I also look at the bottom of the fruit to make sure there is no mold hanging out there.

If you want one that is ripe and ready, I've read that tugging on a center leaf is a good indicator. If it easily pulls out, the pineapple is ripe.

Keep your clothes cleaner in the kitchen with a pretty pineapple apron.

These come in the long style which is shown, a shorter style, and a style for kids. The aprons come in three color choices.

To prepare whole pineapple for a smoothie, or any other recipe,

I like to wash it in an organic vegetable wash.

Then I rinse it and pat it dry.

I like to clean any large peeled fruit this way before slicing in to it. It helps to keep the inner fruit clean and ready to eat.

Once washed, slice off the top and the bottom of the pineapple, approximately one inch in.

Then set the pineapple on its' bottom and slice the remaining peel off in a downward motion. Always use a cutting board under the fruit when slicing.

You won't need a whole pineapple for a smoothie, so have a good storage bowl on hand for storing the remainder for another time.

Pineapple Banana Smoothie Recipe

Once your pineapple is washed and peeled, successive smoothies will take less time to make.

Prep time 13 min  -  Total time 15 min
Ingredients for 1 serving
1 banana peeled and sliced or broken in to pieces  • Approximately 1/5 of a fresh pineapple that has been washed, peeled, cored, and sliced.  • 8 ounces of cold vanilla coconut milk  • 1 Tbsp honey  • 1-2 Tbsp of ground flax seeds

Place the above ingredients in to a blender or cup large enough to accommodate a hand held blender.

Blend for approximately 10 - 20 seconds.

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This pretty pineapple wall clock comes in two sizes.

Choose from 8 inch diameter, and 10.75 inch diameter. The larger size can also be ordered as a square.

Other ideas for fresh pineapple is to use it in carrot cake.

The carrot cake recipe that I use, calls for an 8 ounce can of crushed pinapple that has been drained.

Instead of the canned version, I used about 1 cup of diced fresh pineapple. The cooking times were pretty similar. I left whatever juice that was in the fresh pineapple, in it. The cake was nice and moist, and very tasty.

Dry your dished with a handy pineapple kitchen towel.

They measure 16 x 24 inches and are made of 100% twill cotton.

The above pineapple pictures were orginally painted by me, Cheryl Paton.

A computer copy is printed on the item when you place your order, at Zazzle.

If you would like this design on any other product, you can let me know here, or by visiting my store, CherylsArt at Zazzle.

Per a request, a pineapple upside down cake apron for bakers.

Updated: 09/27/2013, CherylsArt
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Rose on 11/16/2013

I like pineapple in a fruit salad for dessert - very refreshing in summer.

CherylsArt on 09/30/2013

&sheilamarie Thank you.

sheilamarie on 09/30/2013

It all sounds delicious! Nice art, Cheryl!

CherylsArt on 09/29/2013

@MikeRobbers Thank you.

MikeRobbers on 09/29/2013

Nice post! tha t-shirt sounds quite interesting :)

CherylsArt on 09/27/2013

WordChazer Ooops. I didn't even think of that one. I must have been too busy enjoying the carrot cake. I just made a pineapple tshirt, and it should be in my Zazzle store, CherylsArt, momentarily. I included a pineapple upside down cake on aprons for the bakers. Enjoy.

Guest on 09/27/2013

I love pineapple. You left out my all time fave though: pineapple upside down cake ;-) How about a T-shirt with a pineapple on? Or one of those cool aprons with a pineapple upside down cake on for the bakers among us? (Not Me...*wry grin*)

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