How to Juice Pineapple Skin

by Hillary E. Berner MS, RD, CDN, Demand Media
    Boiling pineapple skin makes a nutritious juice.

    Boiling pineapple skin makes a nutritious juice.

    Pineapple is a delicious and juicy tropical fruit that is considered a symbol of hospitality. Although pineapple may represent a welcome gift in the Tropics, to many of us it represents a yummy snack or dessert. The sweet golden flesh of the pineapple is high in vitamin C and fiber. It also contains bromelain, an enzyme that breaks down proteins, making pineapple a perfect meat tenderizer. Surprisingly, the thick skin of a pineapple that is often discarded also has nutritional benefits. So instead of trashing the skin after you cut up a fresh pineapple, follow these steps to make a refreshing and healthy juice.

    Items you will need

    • 1 fresh pineapple
    • Sharp serrated knife
    • Cutting board
    • Large pot with lid
    • Strainer
    • Airtight container

    Step 1

    Rinse the outside of the pineapple with water. Place the pineapple on a cutting board. Following the natural curve of the fruit, and cut off the skin from the top of the pineapple to the bottom.

    Step 2

    Put the pineapple skin into a pot and fill with cool water until the skins are just covered.

    Step 3

    Place pot over high heat and bring to a boil.

    Step 4

    Cover and reduce heat to medium. Allow to boil for 20-25 minutes.

    Step 5

    Remove from heat and strain pineapple skins from the liquid. Discard skins.

    Step 6

    Let the juice cool at room temperature. Store the juice in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

    Tip

    • Store this juice for up to two days.

    About the Author

    Hillary E. Berner is a registered dietitian and certified dietitian-nutritionist. She specializes in the areas of medical nutrition therapy, weight management, healthy cooking and behavioral health. Berner holds a Master of Science in nutrition and a Bachelor of Science in dietetics.

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