- Select and purchase your avocado.Cup the fruit in your hand, and gently feel it with your fingers. Don't squeeze it with your fingertips. Ripe avocados yield to the gentle pressure you've applied. Unripe avocados are hard to the touch and can take 4 to 5 days to ripen at room temperature, which is around 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit (18.3 to 23.9 degrees Celsius).
- Place your unripe avocado in a brown paper bag along with an apple or banana if you want your avocados to ripen faster.Ethylene, which is found naturally in both apples and bananas, triggers the ripening process. Since all the fruit is contained in the paper bag, the ethylene gases are trapped, causing all the fruit to ripen quicker.
- Keep the avocado and other fruit in the bag for 2 to 3 days for best results.You can tell when the avocado is ripe when the skin gives a little bit when squeezed.
- Place the ripe, uncut avocado in the refrigerator until you are ready to eat it.Ripe avocados will last 2 to 3 days when refrigerated. Leaving them in the refrigerator too long will cause them to lose their flavor. If your avocados are ripe and you still aren't ready to enjoy them, storing avocados in the refrigerator can prevent over-ripening.
- Sprinkle a cut avocado with lemon or lime juice or even white vinegar.The acid can prevent the avocado from turning brown. Additionally, if you're making guacamole, add some lemon or lime juice to the mixture to prevent the avocados from turning brown. Place the avocado in an air-tight container or plastic wrap, and set it in your refrigerator. By covering it, you slow down the oxidation process.
- Color alone cannot be used to determine if an avocado is ripe. There are more than 500 different varieties, and some will turn dark green as they ripen while others retain a light-green skin when ripe.
- Avocados can be frozen for up to 2 months if you want to use them later. It is best to freeze them as a puree rather than in whole fruit form or in slices.
- Avoid purchasing avocados that rattle when you shake them, as this means the pit has pulled away from the flesh and is now overripe. Some overripe avocados may also have a rancid odor. If that has happened, it's best to not eat the fruit.
Things You'll Need
- Brown paper bag
- Apple or banana
- Lemon or lime juice or white vinegar
- Air-tight container or plastic wrap