As odd as it sounds, and looks at the grocery store, this is the best way to pick a pineapple (although it should look nice on the outside too). Just pick up that baby and smell it's
Sine my hubby doesn't eat pineapple and a whole one is a bit much for one person, I generally cut up the whole thing into nice chunks and eat it throughout the week as dessert or snacks. The first thing you want to do it\s chop of the top spikes and the bottom.
Next you want to "peel" off the skin and little spikes by running your knife down the sides of the pineapple:
I generally cut out the tough core and cut the rest of the pineapple up into large chunks or wedges.
see the core (circle) in the middle?
I actually like to eat the core, but it is tough and chewy so I won't serve it to guests (pieces always seem to get stuck in your teeth too - you've been warned).
See, easy-peasy, I don't know why people buy that cut up stuff in juice.