Are you scared of whole pineapples? Do you avoid their dangerously spiky exterior and opt instead for the simpler (and undeniably pricier) pre-sliced variety?

Dude, me too.

But today we face our fears. Ready, go.

Step 1: Gather one sharp knife, one whole pineapple, one cutting board and a bowl.

Step 2: Chop off both the prickly top situation and the bottom layer. But cut far enough up on the bottom that you clear center rind piece.

Step 3: Working from top to bottom, slice off the skin in vertical strips.

Step 4: Slice as you please! I tipped the thing on its side and worked from left to right, slicing straight through into rounds and then again into wedges.