Whether you are craving guacamole or mashed avocado on toast, it’s never fun to find that your fresh avocado is not yet ripe. Luckily, there are several proven methods that can speed up the process of ripening so that you can enjoy your avocado sooner.
1. Let it Sun Bathe
Placing your avocado in sunlight can speed up the ripening process, though this will take a little longer than other methods. It is best to not place it directly in sunlight, but just below a windowsill.
2. Place it in a Brown Paper Bag
This method sounds like an odd way to ripen fruit, but it reaps a ripe avocado. Just take a brown paper bag and place your avocado in it overnight. The avocado ripens due to it naturally releasing a ripening agent known as ethylene gas which becomes trapped inside the paper bag. This process usually takes one to two days, so it requires some patience, but it is worth it.
3. Add Some Flour
The flour and paper bag method has shown to work, but adding an extra step of coating the avocado in flour works even better. The flour and paper bag method is a great combination that intensifies the avocado’s ethylene gas, and the flour absorbs any residual moisture. The flour is also a plus because it keeps mold and bruising at bay, and gives the ripe avocado an overall richer and creamier taste and texture.
4. Foil and Bake
Take some aluminum foil and cover the avocado entirely, place it in a baking dish, and put in an oven at 200-degree Fahrenheit for 10 minutes. The avocado will come out ripe due to it releasing its ethylene gas and the foil trapping it inside. As the ethylene gas builds up underneath the foil, the avocado is ripened faster.
5. Blow it Dry
Much like using the aluminum foil and the oven method, this method is quite similar in that it uses foil and heat. That being said, the heat source comes from a hair dryer instead of an oven. This method is a time saver, and it is very simple to conduct. After tightly wrapping the avocado in aluminum foil, blow it dry for ten to fifteen minutes to reap a ripe avocado.
6. Add Some Fruit
Grab a brown paper bag and an apple to speed up the ripening process of your avocado. The apple quickens the natural ripening of the avocado, and you can add up to three avocados per one apple to the bag.
7. Slice it Up
This method is great when you already have sliced into your avocado and realize it is not ready to eat. All you have to do is take some lime juice and sprinkle it on the inside, cover with some foil and leave it in the sun. The sun and lemon juice speed up the ripening process, leaving you with a creamy avocado to chow down on.
8. Give it a Squeeze
Gently squeezing your avocado a few times helps soften and eventually ripen it. This method should be performed with caution because too much squeezing can bruise the avocado or cause unwanted blackness. Bruising or blackness on an avocado can even change the flavor of it, making it unenjoyable to eat. To correctly squeeze it without damage, place the avocado in the center of your palm and gently squeeze it a few times, but do not use your fingers. Be patient with this method, it is not the quickest way to do it, but it has been shown to work.
9. Microwave it
Popping your unripe avocado in the microwave for only a few seconds is a great way to speed up the ripening. Make sure that if you use this method, you put the settings on low or defrost so that you do not burn your avocado. When taking it the avocado out of the microwave, use caution as it will be very hot to the touch. This method is one of the quickest ways to enjoy your unripe avocado in a pinch!
Avocados make a healthy addition to any diet, and they can be enjoyed at breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. In particular, ripe avocados offer a packed range of nutrients that are great for one’s health. Waiting for your unripe avocado to turn ripe can be a slow process, but luckily there are many ways to speed up its ripening using these tips above so that you can enjoy it quicker. Try one of these easy ripening methods the next time you bring home an unripe avocado or a whole bag full!