Freshly Canned Pineapple

pineappleIn my Midwest US community, pineapple is selling for $1.29 this week at Aldi. I have a sister-in-law who lives in Hawaii (I’m not irrationally jealous, really. Mostly.). Do you know what she told me pineapple is selling for in Hawaii – you know, where pineapple is grown?

$1.29

I can’t make this stuff up.

Today we’re taking advantage of this insanely low price by preserving pineapple in canning jars. It’s super easy, and tastes just like fresh because we don’t have to add anything except water. No sugar, no lemon juice, nothing. How, you ask? Pineapple all by itself has a really acidic pH (approximately 3.5) – it’s well within the “safe zone” for water bath canning without needing any preservatives. Yay!

Side note: If you’ve never cut a pineapple, don’t worry. If you can slice up an apple, you can slice up a pineapple. Here’s a link to a step-by-step guide, if you’re interested!

Instructions (Makes 5 quarts)

Step 1) Peel and core 5 whole pineapple; cut into bite size chunks. (Your backyard compost bin will LOVE the scraps of pineapple peel!)

Step 2) Place pineapple chunks in a large pot with 3 cups of water. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.

Step 3) Once the pineapple comes to a boil, remove from heat and ladle into sterilized quart jars. Use the back of a tablespoon to gently pack the pineapple into the jars. Ladle liquid from the pot into each jar, leaving 1/2 inch (no less) of headspace.

Step 4) Run a butter knife or canning tool gently around the inside of each jar, poking down to the bottom, to remove air bubbles (there is a surprising amount of air in pineapple).

Step 5) Cover each jar with a canning lid and band, and process in a boiling water bath for 20 minutes.

Step 6) After 20 minutes, turn off the heat and remove the lid from the canning pot, but don’t remove the jars of pineapple quite yet! If you leave the jars under hot water for a few minutes, any remaining air bubbles will escape gently before a seal forms. After 5 minutes have passed, carefully remove the jars from the water bath and set aside to cool.

Enjoy!

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