Pros: Easy to Clean, Easy to Use
Cons: Requires ripe pineapple
Pineapple prices tend to drop in late fall and early winter making them timely fruits for holiday menus and entertaining. Slices of pineapples for drinks and punch bowls are only a few of the uses. As with all fruits and vegetables, fresh is better than canned and pineapple is no exception. The VacuVin Pineapple Slicer Corer offers a less messy way of coring and slicing your pineapple - most of the time.
Like turning the handle on my corkscrew, you turn the handle on this lengthy tube-shaped gadget and it cuts, slices, and peels while also coring. If it were human you'd say it could walk, talk, and chew gum at the same time. However, as with all multi-tasking there are some sacrifices to quality. The pineapple slicer corer is versatile under the ideal situations.
Cut off the leaves and top of your pineapple, place the lower serrated center over the core and begin twisting. The circular corer is fully serrated. The rim is smooth except for a short, angled edge that's the width of a standard pineapple slice (approximately ½ inch thick). As you turn, this twists downward into the pineapple cutting the core from the fleshy slices, cutting slices and separating them from the exterior. When done, tip upside down and pull out the contents (over a bowl or plate). This leaves behind a shell, the tough exterior, along with some fruit on the inside of the shell.
You have a nearly perfectly sliced pineapple and a bowl for a fruit salad or possibly a pineapple beverage. (You can also cut and remove just one slice at a time if desired.) These are the ideal results, but there are exceptions. The cutting edge is serrated plastic. It's not what anyone could consider sharp - sharp is what's needed for truly ripe pineapples. It also doesn't work on firm, under-ripe pineapples. The pineapple needs to be just right, a condition that's sometimes difficult to find when you live in the mid-continent area and far from pineapple fields.
The circular base that cuts through the pineapple is 3 ½ inches in diameter. If your pineapple is big (greater than five inches in diameter) there will be waste left behind. The waxy rind (exterior shell) is actually the result of the fusion of pineapple "flowers" - this is a bromeliad - this creates the cone-like appearance. When fused these form the familiar hexagonal texture on the surface and some of these reach into the fleshy fruit - the tough brown spots. When cutting with this VacuVin pineapple corer/slicer most of these spots are also removed (they're left behind with the rind).
When done most of the time you will pull the core out. Occasionally the core remains, especially when cutting under-ripe pineapples. If you plan on using the shell as a bowl it's easy enough to reach inside and cut out the core. Generally, the slices will separate and the core lifts out and remains inside the tube. The T-handle comes off easily and the core can be pushed out of the tube. Cutting through a pineapple with this tool takes less than a minute. If your pineapple is over ripe you're likely to have a nearly slush-like fruit. You might consider using a knife instead but for the ideal pineapple this is an amazing tool that makes you wonder where it has been all your life. If you have that perfect pineapple (and you know it) "perform" a "magic show" by removing this in front of guests or kids. You will leave them in awe.