When buying a fresh pineapple, choose one that has firm, gold to brown skin (not too green) with green, loose leaves. A ripe pineapple blushes yellow and smells fruity. Don't buy pineapple that is spongy, brown and discolored. You should be able to gently pull on the center leaf in the crown, if it comes out easily, it's ripe.
To successfully cut a pineapple use a sharp serrated knife.
Cutting off the ends
Cut off about 1/2-inch of the leafy top and trim about 1/2-inch off the bottom of the pineapple.
Cutting the pineapple in half
Stand the pineapple up, using either the cut bottom or top as a base, and cut the pineapple in half.
Quartering the pineapple
Cut the fruit lengthwise into quarters.
Removing the core
Remove the woody core by slicing along each quarter.
Cutting quarterers in half
Cut each quarter in half lengthwise.
Slicing the skin off
Keeping your hand and fingers out of the way from the knife, carefully slice the outer skin off.
Slicing pineapple into cubes
Now, slice the sections into chunks.
Fresh pineapple cubes
Enjoy your fresh pineapple!