How to End the Unripe or Overripe Avocado Problem
It’s a never-ending battle with avocados. You buy them at the store, and they aren’t ripe. So, you wait. When you finally slice, sometimes it’s too late. And, I probably shouldn’t get you started on trying to store half an avocado overnight in the fridge. The brown mess the next day is well, gross.
But, there are a few tips you can use to deal with the unripe and then overripe issue. Read on!
How to Deal with an Unripe Avocado
This is a great trick for ripening unripe avocados. Leave them in your fruit bowl around bananas and apples. To further speed up the process, put the avocado in a brown bag. And, add an apple or banana. By putting the fruits into a bag, it concentrates the ethylene gasses released triggering the ripening process.
How do you know when the avocado is ripe? It will feel slightly squishy to your touch.
How to Store Cut Avocados
According to J. Kenji Lopez-Alt at Serious Eats, it’s a wives’ tale that leaving the avocado seed in will keep your avocado fresh. Instead, try this.
Take your avocado half (with the seed removed) and place in face down on a plate with a thin layer of oil. This will help keep it fresher for a day.
Try not to store your cut avocados face down in a plastic bowl. Learn more about what plastics to avoid and why.
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