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How To Ripen Avocados? – Ripping Ripeness For A Tasty Treat

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You are warming up to the idea of making guacamole, with a basket of avocados your friend had just dropped by (her garden-pick!). And you can't wait till they ripen, as they seem to be taking their own sweet time.. How to ripen avocados, catalyzing the natural process?

tips for ripening avocados - let your ideas ripe

Though like most fruits avocados mature gradually when kept at room temperature, there are some techniques to hasten the process.
Ripened Avocados are soft in texture, with a greenish-brown skin color.

How to ripen avocados without much of a hassle?

• You could keep the dry, hard fruits in a brown bag for ripening. In case you don’t have brown bags to spare, you could wrap the avocados in newspaper. This method will make ripen the avocado in 3-4 days.

• If you want to hasten the process of ripening real quick, then in your brown bag of avocados, add a ripe banana, apple or tomato which naturally tend to release ethylene gas- a catalyst in the ripening process and that of the avocados as well.

• â€˜Flour-Sack’ them: If you have a sack or a bag of flour, you could bury the avocados in the flour bag or sack. This is a time-tested technique of ripening any kind of fruits.

• The windowsill placement: Placing your avocados on the window sill helps to ripen your fruits in two days time. This is our ‘quick-quip’ for quick ripening of avocados.

• The Microwave treatment  : If you want your avocados ripening to be almost instantaneous at the turn of the hour, you could give the fruits the microwave treatment.
1. Prick your avocado all over with a fork.

2. Lay a paper-towel on the microwave tray and place the avocados on it.

3. Let your oven be at medium heat, and cook your avocados for 30 seconds.

4. Check for softness of the avocado. If the fruit is still hard, cook for another 30 seconds. As mentioned, ripened avocados will be soft in texture. One important factor to keep in mind, while microwave ripening, is that the taste and flavor of the fruits will be different from what is attained through the natural process. So, the microwave option should be used only if there is no other alternative.

Well, you can now don your cooking hat without much ado on how to ripen avocados and save all your  energy for dishing out a ‘gourmet’s guacamole’.

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2 Comments

Jennie G.'s picture
I see the comments / answers that people offer, but my suggestion is faster & less complicated. We all have the issue of buying avocados at the grocery store or farmer's market where their consistency resembles that of a baseball. In 2002, I had enough so I: 1) put the avocado in a brown paper bag 2) & then place it in the microwave. 3) After 15 seconds on high heat, 4) I check on it, 5) now if it is not soft enough go on for another 5 seconds at a time until you have the consistency that you need. I would love to know from the chemists or physicists what role the paper bag plays or if I need it. I have shared this with friends & family - each one is amazed & has a sense of disbelief. Enjoy the next recipe with avocados ! :~)
culinary.explorer's picture
Thank you for the valuable comment. I too have wondered as to what the brown bag beholds to catalyze the ripening of avocados..(is it for insulation to retain heat inside?)..