Learn how to ripen avocados quickly to enjoy this luscious fruit whenever you want. Avocados have a creamy texture and delicious taste, but if they aren't ripe, the texture is hard and the taste isn't fully developed. Go ahead and buy avocados when they're on sale, even if they are hard. There are tricks to ripen avocados quickly that will have you making guacamole in no time. Avocados are also delicious sliced and added to sandwiches or cut into cubes for salads. They make excellent additions to omelets as well, for a creamy layer of flavor.
To ripen avocados quickly, you will need:
- A brown paper bag
- An apple
- Look for good avocados. When you're shopping for avocados, look for avocados that are nice and firm to the touch. The skin will be either green or brown. The darker the skin, the more ripe the avocado. Feel the avocados to find firm fruit that is not too soft to the touch. If it's already soft, it's ripe and should be eaten immediately. In fact, these avocados may already be too ripe. If you need to buy avocados to use in a few days, get firmer avocados.
- Place the avocados in a brown paper bag. To promote quick ripening, gather the avocados that you want to ripen and place them in a brown paper bag. Close the top of the bag tightly by folding it over several times. The gasses released by the avocados inside the closed bag will promote ripening quickly. If avocados sit in a bowl on the table or kitchen counter, the gasses dissipate into the room and do not promote ripening as quickly.
- Check the avocados. Depending on how ripe the avocados are, it's important to check the avocados at least a couple of times per day. Feel the avocados. If the skin gives and the flesh of the avocados is soft and gives, they are ripe. Don't wait too long and let the avocados get too ripe.
- Use the avocados. When the avocados are ripe, use them the same day if possible. If you want to wait to use the avocados, place them in the refrigerator to slow down the ripening process.