If you need to know how to quickly ripen avocados, you’ve come to the right place! This trick will allow you to use your perfectly ripened avocado in about 20 minutes!
I’m usually pretty good about meal planning every week, and I’ve even started meal planning for weekends lately, which is something I never did before. Well, I recently planned to make avocado quesadillas one Sunday night, which of course sounds like a great idea, except when you consider that we usually do our grocery shopping on Saturdays or Sundays. Whoops! Now, as you and I both know, one cannot simply buy an avocado and just plan to use it that same day or even the next day in most cases. You need to closely monitor your avocado and change your meal plans based on its whims and when it feels like it’s time to be ripe. Right? Well, not anymore with this clever trick to quickly ripen avocados! 🙂
How to Tell if an Avocado is Ripe
There’s a simple trick to help you tell if an avocado is ripe. Usually, I just give it a little squeeze, but sometimes it can be hard to tell this way because of the hard outer shell. You also want to look at the color of the avocado. If the shell is still bright green, it won’t be ripe yet. If the shell has turned dark green, it’s probably getting close. If the shell is a dark purple-y black, you want to use it up right away because it’s probably getting close to over-ripe!
The other really easy trick to tell if an avocado is ripe, is just to pop off the little piece of stem on the end. If it comes off easy and is green underneath, your avocado is probably ripe. If it’s hard to remove the stem, you’ll need the following method to quickly ripen avocados that you’re hoping to use in your recipe right away.
How to Quickly Ripen Avocados
Start out with your lovely avocado, so full of promise, but sadly not even close to being ready to eat. I don’t know about where you live, but most of the avocados we can buy in the stores here are nowhere near ripe and it’s a total guessing game as to when they’ll actually be ready.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and wrap your avocado in foil.
Once your oven has heated up, place your avocado in there and leave it for about 20 minutes.
Remove it from the oven. It probably won’t even be that hot, just pleasantly warm.
Remove the foil and slice into your avocado.
Well, maybe not perfection, but pretty close! Definitely edible and useable in all of your favourite avocado-based recipes! 🙂
I should mention that I’ve heard of others saying that you should put your avocado in a 200 degree oven for only 10 minutes. That was definitely not enough for my completely unripe avocado, but if you have an almost-ripe avocado, that would probably do the trick!
Now that I know this little trick to make avocado eating a lot less of a guessing game, I’ll definitely be using these even more often that I already do! Yay!
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.