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Must have gadget for fruit fanatics
Lakeland Limited Pineapple Corer Set
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Lakeland Limited Pineapple Corer Set
Advantages: Easy to use; rescues maximum amount of pineapple; skin shell left intact
Disadvantages: Parts takwe up quite a lot of space in my small kitchen drawer
Lakeland Limited that store full of kitchen gadgets that you never knew you needed and end up filling up your cupboards. However this is not going to be the case with my latest must have gadget from Lakeland.
I have a real fondness for fresh pineapple but the pre-prepared stuff is exorbitantly expensive and the whole fruits never seemed quite worth the effort of prepping, a serious test of my knife skills and the prickly skin and hard core ending up all too present in my fruity snack. So on the whole I had taken to glancing wistfully at the pineapples whilst going for the more manageable, but somehow less exciting, bananas and apples.
And then a family member recommended the lakeland pineapple corer to me. I had seen this in store before but was a little dubious about whether it would be worth the £8.95 price tag (price seems to be slowly creeping up as the first time I saw this it was £7.99).
The pineapple corer comes in an unassuming cardboard box with a set of small 'how to use' pictures on the back. For a Lakeland fruit related gadget the corer comes in a very quite white and grey plastic. There is a handle and three varying size corer attachments. Using the pictures on the back of the box it is possible to see what weight of pineapple each corer is recommended for. For the first (and possibly last) time in my life I weighed the pineapple I had purchased and so selected the medium corer. I think it is also possible to see which size corer to use by simply using your eyes to work out which on would fit the pineapple the best.
The corer attachment clicks onto the handle easily and is held fixedly in place by a simple push button locking mechanism. The whole corer is constructed from a strong plastic from the t-bar handle to the cutting mechanism.
Following the minimalistic pictures on the back of the box I cut the leafy top off the pineapple. And this is where I have my first user's niggle with the corer. The instructions are very minimal, the corer is very simple to use but a couple of hints as to correct usage such as where to place on the pineapple or which direction to turn would have been useful the first time I tried the corer. Anyway I carried on glibly putting the corer 'blade' flat against the cut pineapple top and applying a light downward pressure. One hint from me at this point check that the central tube of the corer is over the core itself to avoid getting unwanted firm bits in your fruity treat!
Keep on turning until you have reached the bottom of the pineapple, I have not yet gained the knack of telling when this is yet although cutting through the skin is I think unlikely and not the end of the world if you do manage it. On reaching the bottom of the pineapple firmly (and carefully due to the juice in the pineapple skin shell) pull the pineapple's innards out and you will be greeted by a spiral of pineapple all ready for you to serve as you wish. A prepared pineapple without having to wield a large knife.
I confess that I haven't checked whether this is dishwasher proof as I don't actually have one but it hand washed easily enough.
As stated at the start this is definitely, in my opinion, a keeper gadget. The initial cost of the corer is recouped when you consider the money saved by not buying pre-prepared pineapple or binning the pineapple that you haven't managed to separate from skin and core with a knife. The instructions did any on first usage but after that the corer has been simplicity itself to use. I am really struggling to find any negatives for this gadget, the only one I can think of is the three 'blades' and handle combo do take up quite a bit of room in my somewhat limited kitchen storage but I wil always make an effort to make space for it.
A summer eating lots of pineapple looms and I will be recommending this gadget to everyone.
Summary: Perfectly prepped pineapple - minimum effort, maximum pineapple