Tuesday, January 31, 2012

so what are those pretty looking "fruit-bowls"... and how do they make it???

Indeed, you have seen those beautifully carved up fruit "skin" or "peel". Those nice little "shells" really add to the overall display of the food. Most of the time the kinds of fruit used to make these "bowls" require fruit with a harder casing. For instance, pineapples and melons make great "bowls". This blog-post will exhibit the steps necessary to produce a similar "bowl", which I dub "boat".
Now, I will demonstrate how to make a Pineapple Boat.
                                             
Ingredients:
For the purposes of this venture, you will need various materials. These include the following:
1. A clean (washed) pineapple--best if ripe (I will discuss later how you can tell)
2. A large knife that can cut through the fruit
3. A smaller knife that can cut the fruit itself
4. A cutting board
5. A clear clean surface (next to the sink would be preferred, as I will explain)
optional:
- toothpicks
* if you are still cannot wield a knife, I recommend that you have more experienced people accompany you and assist you. If this is the case, please use child-safe knives or practice more with these knives to familiarize with a real knife.

Procedure:
1. You should lay the pineapple on the cutting board on its side-- this means that the sharp pointy parts of the pineapple are touching the cutting board, as opposed to standing up in the air.
2. After placing the pineapple on its side, with the end facing you, take the larger knife and cut the pineapple in half-- Using the knife, insert the knife into the middle of the body first and cut down into the cutting board. Then cut the top half the same way, after you rotate the pineapple with the already cut portion (the end) away from you. Be aware that the pineapple will be squirting juice out.
3. Next, with the smaller knife, hollow out the pineapple flesh (see below for tips)-- take the small knife and cut deep into the sides of the flesh. Remember not to cut too deep at this point. From there, dig your knife farther under and cut the bottom off clean, thus removing the flesh from the pineapple. That part may be tricky.


4. Once the flesh has been removed, cut the half of the pineapple into two with the pineapple flesh facing vertically with the small knife--this means that the pineapple is placed vertically, that it's long. You may cut from the top of the vertical to the bottom smoothly now with the flesh.
5. Cut into chunks-- cut horizontally with the small knife through the halved flesh and make sure that the pieces are evenly spaced out. Repeat the cutting horizontally until the pieces are your appropriate size.
6. After cutting them, place them into the hollowed out pineapple boat, aligning and arranging them into the way you see fit for your design-- dump the consents of the juice into the sink next to you.
7. Repeat steps 1-6 for the other half.

Alternatives:
To remove the pointy sharp parts (stalk) of the pineapple(you may like to remove this part if the pineapple  stalk will hinder the overall prepared pineapple design you had in mind)-- if this is the case, simply, before you cut into the body of the pineapple, slice off the stalk horizontally to the body.
Toothpicks- you may like to add a finishing touch on your pineapple boat by inserting toothpicks into the chunks of fruit for convenient decorations or practical consumption.
Quarter the pineapple boat- you can make your boat smaller by cutting the half of the pineapple again, into quarters-- to do this, just remember to cut the pineapple using the same procedure after completing Steps 1 and 2. It should look like:

Tips:
To pick out the most ripe pineapple-- the stalk should smell sweet, the body should be firm with no dents.
*you want to pick out a ripe pineapple so that it is easier for you to cut into perfect shape and form
Hollowing out the pineapple- It might be easier if you insert your smaller knife into the stalk-parts of the flesh first to make a small incision. From that incision, you can then hollow out the pineapple easier than from the softer fleshly parts. Hollow out by digging, equivalent to cutting, from the bottom to the side of the pineapple flesh. This will make less mess in the kitchen.

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