Don't you hate wasted fruit! I had a pineapple that was getting a bit over ripe so I decided to cut it up and put it in the food dehydrator. The sweeter the pineapple the better it tastes dried. I was about to throw away the skins when I remembered that my Mum used to make the best pineapple cordial.
So here it is. My mother's recipe for Pineapple Cordial:
Pineapple Skins from 1 pineapple
½ teaspoon Citric Acid
Place the pineapple skins in a saucepan. Cover with water. Bring to the boil and let simmer for
1 ½ - 2 hours. Make sure that the liquid doesn't boil down; keep topping it up with water. The liquid should turn a lovely light brown colour. Strain out the pineapple skins. Measure the pineapple liquid. For every cup of liquid you have add a cup of sugar. Add ½ teaspoon of citric acid. You may adjust the amount of citric acid to taste. Stir over low heat until all the sugar has just dissolved. Pour into a bottle and keep in the fridge.
To make the cordial: Add 1 part cordial to 4 parts water.
This drink is very refreshing on a hot summers day and is remarkably different from store bought cordial.