How to Peel and Cut a Pineapple

Chefs in Food Network Kitchens give a step-by-step explanation for cutting and peeling a pineapple.
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Photo By: Kang Kim ©2012, Kang Kim

Photo By: Kang Kim ©2012, Kang Kim

Photo By: Kang Kim ©2012, Kang Kim

Photo By: Kang Kim ©2012, Kang Kim

Photo By: Kang Kim ©2012, Kang Kim

Cut off the top and bottom of the pineapple using a sharp chef's knife.

Stand the fruit upright and cut off the skin, following the curve of the fruit. Remove any remaining hard brown spots, or "eyes," with a paring knife.

FOR WEDGES: Quarter the peeled pineapple lengthwise. Stand each quarter upright and cut away the center core. Slice the quarters into thin wedges.

FOR CHUNKS: Stand the peeled pineapple upright, then cut away the flesh from the core in four wide slices. Cut the slices into chunks.

FOR RINGS: Slice the peeled pineapple crosswise into rounds. Use a small round cookie cutter or melon baller to punch out the core of each slice.