We are big fans of pineapple and pineapple wine. If there was only one fruit I could eat everyday; it would be pineapple. One afternoon I decided to dehydrate some; so I went to the store and picked up 7 heads at four dollars apiece for a total of 28 dollars.
I cut the pineapple up and threw them on the dehydrator and was able to fill up 8 trays; after 12 hours the pineapple was done.
I was able to get a half gallon of dehydrated pineapple for 28 dollars. Now I know why the stuff is so expensive at the natural food stores.
A couple of days later I was walking through the grocery store and I saw that dole pineapple slices were on sale for 99 cents a can. At that moment I had a epiphany; so I bought a case for twenty-four dollars.
I grabbed my dehydrator trays.
I lined a bucket with a cheesecloth to drain the pineapple.
I layered the pineapple on the dehydrator trays and was able to fill all twelve trays
We were left over with a gallon of pineapple juice and 5 cans of pineapples. So I decided to make some wine out of them.
I grabbed my ingredients.
- 1 gallon Pineapple juice
- 4 gallons of water
- 3 lbs of honey
- 1/2 tsp of acid blend
- 1/4 tsp of Tannin
- 1 Campden Tablet, crushed
- 1 Pkg of wine yeast
I dumped the juice into my primary fermenter.
I added all the ingredients in except for the yeast and mixed well.
I dumped the last 5 cans of pineapple into a strain bag and tied it off to let it soak in the bucket.
24 hours later I pitched my yeast and removed the pineapple from the dehydrator, I was able to get a whole gallon of dried fruit this time.
I let the wine set for 3 months, racked it off into another container and let it rest for another 3 months. I racked it off one last time and decided to vacuum seal it in canning jars.
So you can spend 28 dollars for fresh pineapple and get a 1/2 gallon of dehydrated fruit, or 24 dollars for canned and get a full gallon of fruit and 22 quarts of wine. I prefer option 2!
This is more to show that you are capable of making wine from canned fruit instead of fresh. If you would like to see a more step by step process, you can see it here.
If you would like to see how we vacuum seal wine, you can see that here.