How to Cut a Pineapple

In case you get stuck on a deserted island with only... pineapples

Cutting your own pineapple is easy and saves money.

Pineapples are both delicious and mysterious. Why mysterious? Well, the mystery, for some people, at least, lies in figuring out how to get the juicy fruit out of the shell — you have to put in some work to get to the tropical treat. Sure, you could cheat like everyone else and just buy pineapple chunks, but where's the fun in that? (Besides, they're super expensive compared to buying whole pineapples.) It really isn't that hard to cut up the fruit, and once you have it down, you'll have a neat parlor trick to show friends that only takes about five minutes.

So here's how to do it:

Start by making sure the pineapple is ripe. It should still be standing upright and not have any soft, mushy spots (a sign that it has started to ferment), but ideally, it will have taken on a slightly golden hue and smell like, well, a pineapple.

Twist off the crown. Using a serrated knife, saw off a bit from the top and bottom ends. Quarter the pineapple lengthwise, and then cut in the same fashion to make eight pieces total.

Now, each piece will have a piece of the core running along the top. It is distinguished from the edible flesh by its color — it should be a paler yellow. Stand the piece up, and run the serrated knife down the border of the core and the edible flesh, where the color changes to a more vibrant yellow.

Next, we're going to remove the tough skin. Lay the pieces skin side down and run the knife along the bottom, following the curve, with a smooth sawing motion. You should now have eight pineapple spears. Cut into chunks, if desired, and serve.

That's it!

Click here to see How to Buy a Ripe Pineapple.