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Can a whole pineapple be frozen?

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I saw an oldish movie called "50 First Dates". In the movie, a whole pineapple is removed from the freezer. Can you do that? Would you leave it on the counter to defrost? It would be nice to be able to do when a pineapple starts to get too ripe and I don't want to eat it immediately.

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  1. Its not the wisest thing to do. The high water content splits them.

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    1. I don't think it will split it, but it will weep a lot more moisture when it is defrosted.So it will not be as juicy or flavourful

      1. Pineapple is my favorite fruit.

        I would recommend cubing the pineapple and freezing it as air-tight as you can. If you intend to use the pineapple for say, smoothies, sorbet, cocktails then the frozen pineapple cubes are ideal. If you are freezing pineapple for baking, future fruit salads you may find the fruit too watery.

        But if you are conducting a freezing experiment, let me know if the pineapple splits or not..I'd be curious :o)

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        1. re: HillJ

          Dang, now entertainment value has been added. I'm going to have to freeze one to see if it will split.

          On a tangent ... as far as a whole pineapple, is it better to store in the fridge or on the counter. I would guess if trying to ripen keep on counter and then fridge?

          1. re: rworange

            Pineapples don't ripen after they've been picked.

            1. re: Humbucker

              I would not say so. I am actually eating one that was green still when I bought it, left it one week on the counter, and today it was all golden and delicious ! I do that all the time...

          1. When frozen pineapple defrosts it loses texture and the flavor changes.