Ripen your avocados, today!

For me, food is fun. Avocados, a new favorite of mine have also become subject to my food experimentation’s. I use them in smoothies (right? Forget the Kale—an avocado still makes your smoothie green, and it tastes a lot better. Don’t get me wrong—Kale absolutely has its place in my cookbook.) baked goods, puddings, soups, salads, sauces, ice cream— it’s safe to say they’re perfect on their own; too.

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There are few things better than a ripe avocado; but there’s nothing worse than needing your green goddess to ripen in the next day when it’s as hard as a rock. This of course, usually happens when I have the spare 10 minutes to scramble the ingredients before I jolt out the door.

If you find yourself in this dilemma where you need to speed up the ripening process (via Vivian Tran’s article in XYZ magazine):

1)      If you have 24 hours: Place avocados in a brown paper bag with a banana, then leave the bag on a sunny windowsill for 18-24 hours. Together the banana and avocados release a large amount of ethylene gas which can quicken ripening.

2)      If you have less than 24 hours: Place two peeled pitted avocados in a blender with 1 cup of peas (fresh, frozen, or thawed) and pulse until smooth. The peas will help soften the consistency of the unripe avocados but won’t affect the flavor.

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Now, it’s your turn to become a ripening wizard with these simple tricks. Enjoy!

Photo Credit: BringJoy.com, Start Baby On Solids.com

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