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Ahh, avocados

post #1 of 8
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What's the best way to "quick ripen" a too-firm avacado?
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post #2 of 8
Place in a paper bag with a banana.

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post #3 of 8

From:http://vegetarian.about.com/od/cookingtipstools/qt/ripenavocados.htm

 

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If you've got rock-hard avocados and can't wait to make homemade guacamole, there's a few things you can do to make your avocados get soft quicker.
  • Place 2-3 avocados in a brown paper bag and store at room temperature. If you don't have paper bags on hand, wrapping them in newspaper will also do.
  • For even quicker ripening, add an apple or a tomato to the bag.
  • Check daily to see if avocados are ripe yet. Don't just judge by their color, as some varieties will retain their green color, even when ripe, rather than turning a deep greenish brown.
  • Ripe avocados will peel easily and are soft, yet still firm and not squishy.
  • Extra Tip: If your avocados are ripening before you have a chance to eat them, place them in the crisper of your refrigerator, as this will help them keep a bit longer once they are ripe.
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post #4 of 8

I usually wrap in newspaper :) works a charm!
 

post #5 of 8

I second the trick with the paper bag ...works great with plaintains too!!!

post #6 of 8
This sounds strange, but a caterer once told me how to keep extra guacamole from turning Brown in the fridge. She said spray a layer of Pam on the top, then when you go back to eat it, just scrape it off! Seems unusual but it does work.
post #7 of 8

@Miss Emma.

An even easier way, in my opinion, to keep your guacamole looking fresh is to put down saran wrap on top of the guacamole and work out the air bubbles. The guacamole oxidizes on contact with the air so that is why you need to put the wrap directly on the guacamole and get the air bubbles out. After that it will last for a couple of days and no need top waste any scraping off the top layer.

Also, the lime that you add, in addition to adding to the taste, helps to prevent this oxidation as well.

post #8 of 8
Another great way to keep guacamole from going brown when stored, leave about half of the seed/pits in. They naturally prevent browning
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