Here is the ugly ugly plant. It definitely gets no points for looks. Now, to get that ugliness out of your mind here is a picture of my handsome son with my full of cuteness grandson.
Ok, now back to the aloe. First, I had to cut off a leaf of the aloe plant at the base of the leaf.
Cut the end off and then cut the leaf into 3 pieces, I cut some of them into 4 because they were huge!
Next, you cut the sides off and carefully cut the top off in a thin layer trying to only get the green layer. I have heard that you can eat the aloe and that the aloe in the middle is tasteless and the green part is bitter. I do not know the reason for eating it, I figure it must have some kind of medicinal value but have not discovered that yet. I only use it for topical purposes now. I am planning to learn about natural remedies so I may know the use for aloe before long. Oops, I am rambling, here is pic of cutting sides.
Now, scoop the insides out with with a spoon. BEWARE, the aloe is very slimy.
Lastly, put it in a container, preferrably a glass one and then viola! you have your aloe. Easy peasy!
Have a wonderful and blessed day and enjoy the many benefits of aloe. It is great for the skin, I use it on burns, including sunburn and sometimes just rub it in my hands to help keep them healthy.