Pros: perfectly symmetrical slices, removes tough inner-core, eliminates tough “eyes” on outer surface, easily cleaned
Cons: leaves a lot of pineapple attached to the hollowed shell
We dehydrate pineapples year-round to use as lunch-pack treats. Here in South Florida it’s not unusual to get fresh pineapple’s on sale for as little as 2-for-$3.00
My usual pineapple prep routine is to skin the pineapple with a very sharp chef's knife and then slice the pineapple either using my Progressive Mandolin or with my Yoshi Ceramic Knife.
I had seen the VacuVin Pineapple Corer/Slicer in BB&B several times but didn't feel like spending the $20 to try it out. But a couple of months ago I noticed several at Tuesday Morning on sale for just $6. I couldn't resist.
VacuVin Pineapple Corer/Slicer
The VacuVin Pineapple Corer/Slicer is a hand operated tool that combines the functions of "skinning", coring and slicing a pineapple into perfectly symmetrical slices. It's constructed from what appears to be a durable plastic.
In principle, the Pineapple Corer/Slicer operates simply. Once the top of the pineapple is sliced off with a sharp knife, the Corer/Slicer is placed on the top of the pineapple centering the toothed corer over the core. Grasping the handle and turning the tool clockwise, the tool works its way through the ripe pineapple without too much effort and slices the pineapple into a continuous ribbon about 3/8" thick. Once the tool reaches the bottom of the pineapple, a swift upward tug brings the sliced pineapple out of the tough skin. Unless you plan on using the outer shell for decorative purposes you can first slice off the bottom of the pineapple to make removal of the slices easier still.
Once the slices are free from the outer shell, the T-handle detaches with a press of a pair of plastic buttons and the slices just slide off. The inner core can then be removed by putting pressure on it with your thumb.
What I Like
The VacuVin Pineapple Corer/Slicer completely removes the tough center core and eliminates the "eyes" left on the outer portion of the sliced pineapple.
Once the core is removed from the tool, it is very easily cleaned in the dishwasher.
What I don't Like
The VacuVin Pineapple Corer/Slicer leaves an awful lot of pineapple attached to the hollowed out shell of the pineapple. The Medium Sized Corer/Slicer produces slices 3 ½” in diameter. And, although I said that it works relatively easily, the twisting motion required can really take its toll on my tendonitis on a bad day, especially if the pineapples are not sufficiently ripe.
But all things considered, the VacuVin Pineapple Corer/Slicer works almost flawlessly. Sure, long-term durability is questionable. The torquing of the plastic leads me to believe that it will eventually give in to fatigue and finally fracture. I've seen corer/slicers of similar design made of stainless steel for considerably more money.
The VacuVin Pineapple Corer/Slicer (even at full-price) makes coring/slicing pineapples almost effortless. For those that eat pineapples regularly, this is more than just another cute kitchen gadget. I recommend it.