How to Ripen & Soften Avocados

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Avocados are both eaten raw and used in a variety of cooked foods, but when you bring them back from the store, they may be too hard to use for either option. A ripe avocado should be slightly yielding when pressed, and if they are not yet ripe, they are hard to the touch. If you have purchased hard, unripe avocados, ripen them before you use them. This allows the full taste and texture of the avocado to come out.

Things You'll Need

  • Avocados
  • Banana
  • Paper bag
  • Place your avocados into a paper bag.

  • Place a ripe banana in the bag with the avocado. The banana releases ethylene, which is a gas that causes fruit to ripen.

  • Fold up the top of the bag so that it is closed.

  • Place the bag in a warm, well-ventilated location. Good ventilation prevents mold.

  • Remove the avocados after 24 hours, and they will be significantly softer. Repeat this process if necessary.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not leave unripe avocados in the refrigerator, as they will not ripen.

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