How to Ripen an Avocado With Heat

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Avocados provide a bounty of nutrients including vitamin C, vitamin E, potassium and healthy monounsaturated fats. These soft, green fruits have a slightly bitter taste and combine well with spicy peppers, garbanzo beans, meats and cheeses. The only trouble with avocados is that they don't ripen on the tree. They only soften and become ripe after being picked, meaning you must either purchase avocados well before you need them or ripen them at home with a little heat.

Things You'll Need

  • Avocados
  • Fork
  • Paper plate
  • Microwave
  • Poke holes all over the hard avocados with a fork. This ensures the fruit will cook evenly and won't explode in the microwave.

  • Place the avocados on a paper plate. Arrange them in a circle on the outer edges of the plate; just as food doesn't warm evenly in the middle, neither will your avocados.

  • Adjust the microwave to medium heat and warm the avocados for 30 seconds.

  • Examine the avocados. They should be firm, but give slightly when you squeeze them. The skin should also turn dark brown as they ripen.

  • Return the avocados to the microwave if they aren't ripe enough. Heat them for 30 seconds at a time until they look and feel ripe. If the flesh still feels hard and doesn't give slighly when you press on it, pop it back into the heat.

Tips & Warnings

  • Prick the avocados with a fork and slip them in the oven at 200 degrees F for about an hour. This should give you the same results as the microwave but without any bitter aftertaste.
  • Ripen avocados in a brown paper bag if you have a few days before you need them. Add an orange, apple, or banana to the bag to expedite the ripening process.

References

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