Canning Pineapple Step-by-Step

Canning Pineapple Step-by-Step

 If you’re looking for an easy recipe for canning pineapple chunks, look no further!  Canning fresh pineapple is something I do every year, when pineapple is on sale at the grocery store as a “loss leader”!

How to Take Advantage of Grocery Store Loss Leaders

pineapple in sink being washed

I was able to score some large .99 (each) pineapple this week! 

Since it’s raining cats and dogs here in Ohio, and I can’t work in my garden – it makes sense to get some canning done.

Since pineapple is a high-acid food, you’ll be able to use the water bath canner. 

When canning pineapple, you use sugar syrup to aid in the preservation.


Supplies for Canning Pineapple:

Water bath canner

Pint-sized canning jars and lids, washed and sterilized


Fresh pineapple

Sharp knives (These are the ones I own and have used for many years!  I even buy them as wedding gifts!)

Cutting board

(If you are unfamiliar with canning, I recommend having someone with more experience to help you.  ALWAYS follow the guidelines in a respected canning book, I like Ball!)

water bath canner

How to Can Pineapple in a Water Bath Canner

Wash the pineapple with cool, soapy water to remove any dirt/bacteria on the outside of the fruit.  I like to do this in the sink.

Pineapple Jam Recipe


washing fruit in sink

Next, set up your work area, including your knife and cutting board.  Keeping a compost bucket nearby is a good idea, as well.


How to Cut a Pineapple

When slicing a pineapple, the simplest way is to cut off the top and the bottom first, leaving a cylinder of pineapple that should stand on it’s own.

Then, gently slice the skin off with your knife, pressing downward (see picture).

After the peel has been removed, then cut 4 pieces, around the core as though it were a square.  Then, slice the four larger pieces into the size you desire.

I would suggest 1″ chunks so that you can get them out of the jar.  You could always use wide-mouth jars, if you have them.

slicing pineapple on cutting board

Frugal Canning: Does Canning Really Save You Money?

chopping pineapple on cutting board for canning

slicing pineapple on cutting board

As you chop, put the finished pieces in a clean bowl. 

Keep your work area uncluttered by putting the peels in the compost bucket frequently.

large bowls of chopped pineapple

Canning Pineapple Chunks in the Water-Bath Canner

Once you are finished chopping all of the pineapples, it’s time to make the syrup. 

The syrup is nothing more than sugar and water, but you’ll have to decide how sweet you want your syrup to be.  I prefer the extra-light syrup.

syrup recipes

Measure out your sugar and water, then heat the mixture in a pot large enough for all of your pineapple chunks. 

Slowly heat the syrup and pineapple until the fruit is tender, this method is referred to as “hot pack”.  

OR you can just pack the pineapple in your jars raw and pour syrup over them, this method is referred to as “raw pack”.  If you are working with very ripe fruit, I would use the raw pack method.

Either method is safe and acceptable.

clean mason jars

Wash and sterilize your jars while you wait for the pineapple chunks to cook.

BEST Canning Suppies

pineapple with funnel in jar

Once the pineapple is tender, it’s time to put the fruit in the jars. 

Using a funnel (I use this one because it stores away nice and flat!), pack each jar with fruit and syrup with 1/2″ of head space.

wiping rims of jars

Wipe the rim of the jar with a clean cloth before placing warm, sterile lids and rings.

How to Make Easy Pineapple Jam at Home

pineapple in canner

Place the jars in the water bath canner, making sure to give each jar enough space to not bump each other during cooking. 

Also, make sure the jars are covered with water by at least an inch, preferably 2″.

Bring the water to a gentle boil, and then turn the heat down slightly. 

Maintain a consistent boil until time is up (20 minutes for quarts, 15 minutes for pints). 

Remove jars and place on a kitchen towel to cool off.  Wait for the lids to pop, which is the most fun part!  Ping!

canned pineapple

And there you go, beautiful jars of pineapple chunks to enjoy!  Use them in recipes that call for pineapple or just eat them right out of the jar!


Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Recommended Blog Posts

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Carol L

    Why cook the pineapple? I prefer it uncooked and not mushy. It is going to cook simply by being in the canner, but if you cook it beforehand it will be pretty mushy, no?

    1. Kelly

      Hi Carol! I questioned that myself. My thinking is that a raw pack would be just fine, I was just narrating as from the Ball Canning Book.

    2. Lisa

      They say you hate it through to get the air bubbles out from the pineapple or they turn a different color I’m not sure but I’m not taking the chance as I’m heating mine up now canning for the first time they look so pretty

      1. Kelly

        Hey Lisa,
        I’m so glad that you’re canning pineapple! As with anything that you’re canning, you need to release the air bubbles. It’s not difficult, however, just use a plastic knife and go around the inside of the jars. Good luck and post some pictures!


  2. liz

    Fresh pineapple is amazing!! Thanks for sharing on Homestead Blog Hop!

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.