Our family loves canned pineapple for an easy lunch or late night snack but at $1.00 each that can start to add up. So when I see whole fresh pineapples on sale at the grocery store, I like to can my own. This past week my local Kroger had the the lowest price I have seen in a while – .87 each! There was no way I was passing this up. I bought 5 pineapples and came home to can my own pineapple. If you have never canned pineapples, you’re going to love hw easy this process is.
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How to Can Pineapple
- Whole fresh pineapples
- Sharp knife
- Cutting board
- Canning jars/lids/bands
- Water bath canner
- Jar Lifter to pull out hot jars (optional)
- Funnel (optional)
- Wash the whole pineapples with cold water
- Cut off the top and bottom of the pineapples
- Slice each side and remove the middle (heart)
- Cut each pineapple slice into bite size cubes
- Heat several cups of water and add one cup sugar while you are cutting your pineapple
- Add cubed pinapple chunks to the hot water/sugar mixture for about a minute
- Fill your hot clean jars with the pineapple chunks
- Use a canning funnel to make the process easier
- Leave about 1/2 inch headspace
- Top off the jars with your hot water/sugar syrup
- Process the jars in a hot water bath canner for a full 15 minutes
- Remove the hot jars with your canning tongs
- Leave on a towel till cool
- Store for winter snacks
I cut up 4 pineapples and ended up with 11 jars of pineapple chunks. That comes to approximately .30 each which is a great savings in my book! Plus ,I have a bonus pineapple for us to eat this weekend!
Have you ever canned pineapples? Do you love how easy they are to preserve for later? I’d love to hear your tips!