Did you know that you can sometimes find pineapple for a dollar a piece? I found this out last year when we were living closer to the big stores and Fred Meyer was having a sale. At the time, 20 pineapples didn’t seem like too much. I did learn that sometimes they don’t ripen; they rot instead and I lost a few to that. Canning ensued and I was pleased with the results. I have never cared for the taste of store bought cans of pineapple, but $3.99 or more is out of my “sensible” price range, so I would fall back on the bland stuff and save the sweet, fresh, flavorful stuff for potlucks or holidays.
This year, we are back to being further afield from the normal run of big stores to chose from, but Albertsons did have a $1.00 a pineapple sale for about two minutes and I snagged a rain check. Yes, I had her write it for 10 pineapples. When I cashed it in, they were going for $3.99. Never in my life could I imagine canning it at that cost! I had planned my weekend, made sure I had my ingredients, drove home and promptly made chutney. It cans up nicely in the tiny jars for a single serving for two.
I figured there would be some attrition as some pineapples don’t survive long enough to make it to the jars. As it stood, 2 went to chutney, 2 went to the bellies, and 6 got canned. We came out ahead with 10 pints of pineapple that will taste amazing, and 2 half pints plus 5 of the tiny jars of chutney. $10.00 isn’t bad for the happiness this will bring in the dead of winter!