When you buy an avocado, it’s the lottery. Sometimes too ripe, sometimes not enough! If you come across an avocado that’s too hard, here’s how to ripen it.
Very appreciated, especially by those who like to eat healthy, but also fans of avocado toast or guacamole, avocados however have a major disadvantage, that of being rarely ripe when you buy them in the supermarket. If you’re tired of buying inedible avocados that never ripen, here are the best tips to make them ripen faster and avoid having to throw them away. Thanks to these techniques, you will be able to enjoy good avocado shrimp salads and guacamole all year round.
The quick tip: heat it
What a strange idea to heat a fruit that we tend to eat cold in salads. And yet, this technique is really effective for obtaining a ripe avocado very quickly. There are several methods for this:
- The oven: you need an avocado for a recipe, but it’s too hard. Here is the solution. Preheat your oven to 90 degrees, wrap the fruit in aluminum foil and leave it in the appliance for a maximum of 10 minutes. All you have to do is let it cool before eating or cooking it.
- The radiator: in winter, do not hesitate to place your avocado near a radiator, the heat will accelerate the ripening process.
- The microwave: as a last resort, you can use the microwave to ripen your avocado in just a few seconds. Be careful, only use this tip if you want to cook your avocado into guacamole. Prick the fruit with a fork and put it in a dish in the microwave under the cover and run the appliance for 30 seconds. If it is still too firm, restart the device for 30 seconds.
The unusual tip in less than a day
Simply insert one or two toothpicks into each end of the fruit. In just 24 hours it will be perfectly ripe. This technique is of course not scientific, but it is worth a try!
The most useful tip effective but a little longer
To ripen your avocado in a few days, you can wrap it in newspaper. How it works ? The avocado is a fruit that produces a gas, ethylene, which promotes its ripening. By wrapping the fruit in newspaper, the gas will not escape, and the avocado will ripen more quickly. Another solution is to place it near bananas or apples, fruits which also release ethylene. For even more effectiveness, place your avocado in a plastic bag with an apple and/or a banana.