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Postby Hope » December 17th, 2017, 6:52 pm

Can I cook a pineapple whole, then peel/cut it?

I have one, but I'm really allergic to it raw, so need to cook it, and I'm too nervous to touch it (even if I put gloves on, it might splash on my face!) It's ripe now, so hubby can't cut it for me as he's at work next week.

If so, how can I cook it? How long? Can I stick it in the slow cooker and forget about it for a few hours?
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Re: pineapple

Postby TeresaFoodie » December 17th, 2017, 7:08 pm

I've only seen it cooked in jam or chutney but someone else might be able to enlighten you.
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Re: pineapple

Postby StokeySue » December 17th, 2017, 7:29 pm

The trouble is if it collapses the little hairs will get into everything
I have only cooked pineapple in slices

But this recipe says 1 hour at 350 deg F will work, so worth a try in the circumstances
ou don't of course need to serve with lime and chilli!

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/baked-pineapple-recipe-1970091
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Re: pineapple

Postby Ratatouille » December 18th, 2017, 1:32 pm

Hope I lop off the top and bottom, cut it lengthways into quarters and take out the cor - sharp knife one slice down the middle of each quarter. Put in a roasting tin , drizzle with honey (and in my case rum) and roast at about 200C for about 30 minutes. I've never splashed any juice. You must of course have a big sharp knife. You don't actually have to remove the top but it is easier to fit on the roasting tin,
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Re: pineapple

Postby Hope » December 18th, 2017, 2:02 pm

thanks Sue, i'll try that one.

Rats - I really can't risk it. If it touches my face, it itches so much it feels like it's burning. I have had peppers spray in my face when cutting those and that itches a bit (but I'm not really even allergic to those!)

If it goes wrong, I've lost nothing as I only bought it for my allergy tests!
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Re: pineapple

Postby PatsyMFagan » December 19th, 2017, 12:13 pm

Don't you have a neighbour you can call on to cut it for you if hubby can't ?
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Re: pineapple

Postby Ratatouille » December 19th, 2017, 12:54 pm

I hope you have found a suitable recipe that works but I can't help wondering why you have a whole pineapple for an allergy test?
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Re: pineapple

Postby Hope » December 20th, 2017, 1:43 pm

Pats - the only neighbours I know are elderly or one woman who also has fibro and CFS!

Rats - I was told to take a small piece of any food I thought I had reacted to. As I can eat it cooked, I had to buy a fresh/raw one. They do a prick-prick test. where they prick the food with a sterile needle, then prick the patient's skin and wait to see if it gets an itchy rash.
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Re: pineapple

Postby karadekoolaid » December 22nd, 2017, 3:41 am

Can I cook it whole?
No, unfortunately. It won't work like that. You've got to prepare it first, which involves cutting off the skin and removing the eyes.
A pineapple is a bromeliad - so it's quite feasible that you are allergic to the bromelain enzyme present in the pineapple - which works as a meat tenderiser.
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Re: pineapple

Postby StokeySue » December 22nd, 2017, 9:17 am

Hope wrote:As I can eat it cooked, I had to buy a fresh/raw one.


A bit late maybe, but you can buy sealed packs of prepared pineapple or fresh fruit salad in most supermarkets, wouldn't that be easier?
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Re: pineapple

Postby suffolk » December 22nd, 2017, 10:36 am

I wondered about a pack Sue, but then I thought the fruit might be packed in whatever gas it is that stops oxydisation as some prawns are ... I believe some people can have a reaction to the gas?
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Re: pineapple

Postby StokeySue » December 22nd, 2017, 11:03 am

suffolk wrote:I believe some people can have a reaction to the gas?

Never heard of that, and it seems really unlikely as the "preservative" gas is usually something notably inert, such as nitrogen; it's only really there to displace the oxygen, not to "do" anything actively. Open the pack and leave at room temperature for a few minutes and everything is back to normal

In fact (doing a bit of checking) it seems the gas is usually a mix of the three main atmospheric gases, (nitrogen, carbon dioxide, nitrogen) but in different proportions to the air we breathe

https://www.modifiedatmospherepackaging.com/Applications/Modified-atmosphere-packaging-fruit-vegetables.aspx
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Re: pineapple

Postby suffolk » December 22nd, 2017, 12:03 pm

Trying to remember as this was something that cropped up at work ...it may be sulphites I was thinking of :rolleyes:
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Re: pineapple

Postby StokeySue » December 22nd, 2017, 12:21 pm

Those might be in a wash used for salads, but not the gas
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Re: pineapple

Postby suffolk » December 22nd, 2017, 12:35 pm

I'm probably mixing something up ...
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Re: pineapple

Postby Hope » December 22nd, 2017, 3:24 pm

I did think of getting one of those packets, but can't remember why I didn't. Whether they weren't in stock, or they were much more expensive, or I was worried about cross contamination at the factory, I can't remember!

Anyway. I cooked it whole in the slow cooker and then cut it up. My youngest son has eaten most of it!
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Re: pineapple

Postby StokeySue » December 22nd, 2017, 3:45 pm

StokeySue wrote:the three main atmospheric gases, (nitrogen, carbon dioxide, nitrogen)


That should of course read
nitrogen, carbon dioxide, oxygen
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Re: pineapple

Postby suffolk » December 22nd, 2017, 4:02 pm

That's what I thought I read ........ :shock: :? :lol:
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