Dehydrated pineapple makes the perfect sweet treat to enjoy anytime!! Or it can be used to garnish drinks like Piña Coladas and Blue Hawaiians!!
What?!?! Oh my gosh, so yummy!!!
I never knew how easy it was to make dehydrated pineapple!!! I can’t believe I’ve been missing out on this lovely treat my whole life!
I’ve bought dehydrated pineapple from the store, but that kind usually comes with lots of extra sugar added. Not this recipe!
This recipe has no extra sugar!!! Just mother nature’s lovely sweetness that comes inside that lovely ripe pineapple!
Ingredients for Dehydrated Pineapple…
For this recipe you’ll need one lovely ripe, yellow fresh pineapple. That’s it!
You could also use canned or frozen pineapple to make the dehydrated pineapple, but I prefer using fresh pineapple, hands down!
I’ve seen recipes that call for soaking the pineapple slices in lemon water or boiling them in sugar water to prevent them from turning brown.
Honestly, neither of these methods is necessary! Your finished product from dehydrating fresh pineapple will still be a lovely yellow.
And if the color turns a bit brownish, it’s worth the price of not having to mess with soaking and blotting the pineapple slices before you put them into the dehydrator. Less mess!!!
Equipment needed for Making Dehydrated Pineapple…
You’ll need to have a dehydrated, of course! My dehydrated is nothing fancy, but it sure does a nice job! Dehydrators can be used for making so many yummy treats, not just pineapple! Beef jerky, dried apples, dried nuts, and so many other snacks can be made with a dehydrator!!!
You’ll also need a cutting board to prepare the pineapple. I like to use a plastic cutting board with a lip on it so the juice of the pineapple stays on the board and doesn’t spill onto your countertop!
I use a large 12” serrated knife with a sharp, pointed tip to peel, core, and slice the pineapple.
Process of Making Dehydrated Pineapple…
Place the pineapple on its side on the cutting board. Slice off the top and the bottom of the fruit.
Carefully push the pointed end of the 12” serrated knife several times around the outside of the pineapple core. With each push down the core lift the pineapple a bit up from the cutting board so the knife passes all the way through the bottom of it.
It will take about 5-6 inserts of the knife around the core to complete the task of cutting all the way around it, one insert at a time. You’ll want the slices around the core to overlap just a smidge!
It looks like a pretty little hexagon around the middle of the pineapple!
Lift up the bottom of the pineapple from the cutting board and use your thumbs to push the core all the way through and out the bottom of the fruit!
There are pineapple corers that you can purchase, but they also slice the pineapple at the same time it’s being cored and the slices are thicker than you want for dehydrated pineapple.
So I use this crude, but effective method to peel and core my pineapples, lol!!
Stand the pineapple on end, and slice off the skin. I make sure I’m not taking too much of the fruit along with the skin, so I only slice about an inch wide swath at a time.
Make sure all of the rough peel is removed.
Once peeled and cored, lay the pineapple on its side again and slice it into 1/8” to 1/4” slices.
The dehydrating part…
Place the slices of the pineapple onto the shelves of the dehydrator, making sure there is a little space between each slice. You’ll need 4-5 racks of the dehydrator to fit the entire pineapple slices into it.
Turn the dehydrator to 135 degrees, and start the dehydrating process. It will take 12-14 hours to completely dehydrate the pineapple slices.
When they’re done the slices should be evenly colored, and firm but just a bit flexible. The texture of dehydrated pineapple is like firm leather, kinda like beef jerky! The slices should be firm, not at all soggy. If they aren’t nice and firm just continue to dehydrate a bit longer!
You won’t believe how lovely your house will smell as the pineapple is being dehydrated. So yummy sweet!
Using and Storing the Dehydrated Pineapple…
Store the dehydrated pineapple for up to a year in an airtight container. We don’t have to worry about storing it that long at our house, the dehydrated pineapple doesn’t last long!!!
I love grabbing a slice of dehydrated pineapple for a quick snack. You can also use it in cooking and baking recipes that call for pineapple, just rehydrate it before using it. To rehydrate the pineapple just cover it with boiling water and allow it to soak for 10-15 minutes. Then drain.
Dehydrated pineapple also makes a lovely garnish for tropical cocktails. You might not have fresh pineapple on hand to use as a garnish, but you can always have dehydrated pineapple on hand in your pantry to add that special touch.
I love to use dehydrated pineapple on my Charcuterie Board too! Yum!!!
Have fun making and enjoying your dehydrated pineapple. I know you will!!!
Dehydrated Pineapple Slices
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- 1 fresh pineapple
- Remove the ends of the pineapple. Core and peel. Cut into 1/8" to 1/4" slices.Place 5-6 slices on each rack of a dehydrator. Turn on dehydrated to 135°. Dehydrate 12-14 hours until firm and leathery.Store in airtight container for up to a year.Enjoy!!!