Trick to Ripen Avocado: Top 5 Tricks

You know avocados are delicious, but did you know that they can be a pain to ripen? They come in all different shapes and sizes, so there’s no one trick that will work on them all. We’ll discuss some of the most popular trick to ripen avocado – from wrapping it tightly in plastic wrap to placing it in a bag with apples!

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Avocado in a paper bag. Credit: canva

How Do You Tell if an Avocado is Ripe?

Avocados are the perfect addition to a salad or sandwich. But if you can’t tell whether an avocado is ripe, it’s hard to know what type of recipe will work best for your needs.

Luckily, there are a few simple tips you can follow that will help you determine which recipes are right for your avocado.

It’s not always easy to tell if an avocado is ripe. If you’re not sure, here are a few simple ways to check:  

  • Take a look at its color and give it a feel as outlined above. A ripe avocado will be very dark with flecks of green.
  • Give the avocado a good shake and see if it produces any sound.
  • Gently squeeze the avocado in your hand. It should feel soft but still holds its shape with some resistance.
  • Take a look at the brown nub of the stem and pluck it off. If you peel off the stem, if it’s green underneath and comes easily off then your avocado is ripe.
  • Check under the stem, if it is brown, the avocado is likely too ripe and could have dark spots inside.
  • If the stem won’t get off, then the avocado isn’t ripe yet.

But remember that avocados ripen best on the counter at room temperature so don’t wait too long before using them or else they’ll start going bad fast!

Trick to Ripen Avocado

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3 Tricks to Ripen Avocado Naturally

The easiest way to ripen avocados is to set it on the counter for a few days to let It ripen naturally.

To open avocado quicker buat naturally, here what you should do:

  • Put it over the counter with apple or banana

To make avocados ripen quickly, put them over the counter in a bowl or paper bag with an apple or banana. This will work because avocado, bananas and kiwi release ethylene gas which breaks down the internal cell walls of hard fruit like apples and avocadoes to soften it up. The natural process also converts starches into sugar for sweetness, so enjoy your delicious avocado-filled snack!

  • Place it in paper bag with a banana or two

To make the avocado ripen in 1-2 days, place it in a paper bag with a banana or two. This method concentrates gas around the fruit but still allows them to breathe. Avoid using plastic bags that suffocate fruits because this can also be done for stone fruits as well!

  • Store it in the fridge

If you’ve got an avocado that needs to be eaten within the next few days, then make sure to store it in your fridge! If you can’t eat the avocados before they become too ripe and mushy, place them in a bag or container inside of your refrigerator. Uncut avocadoes should last 1-3 days if stored properly.

2 Tricks to Ripen Avocado Quickly

You are in a hurry to use the avocado? Let’s try these!

  • Ripen the avocados in the microwave:

Cut the avocado in half and remove the pit then wrap each half with plastic film. Cook on HIGH for two minutes, let it cool off a little before removing from microwave, wetting under cold water to stop cooking

  • Ripen the avocados in the oven. 

Wrap the avocado in foil and place in a 200°F oven for 10-30 minutes, depending on how hard the avocado is.

FAQs about Tricks to Ripen Avocado

How do you ripen avocados in 10 minutes?

The original tip recommends completely wrapping an avocado with tinfoil, then placing it in a baking dish and transferring it to a 200°F oven for 10 minutes. Avocados release ethylene gas which ultimately promotes ripening- but you don’t have to wait!

How do you ripen avocados quickly?

Avocados do not ripen on the tree. In fact, they only turn soft after you harvest them! To hasten this process up, place an unripe avocado in a brown paper bag with either apple or banana for two to three days, just until it’s ripe enough.

Can you ripen an avocado in the microwave?

How to Ripen an Avocado in the Microwave. First, cut the avocado in half and remove its pit. Wrap each side with microwave-safe plastic wrap and cook on medium-high for 30 second intervals until desired softness is achieved.

How do you ripen an avocado overnight?

This is the trick to help ripen your avocado overnight (or faster). Place the apple and the avocado together in a bag, then fold over opening as best you can. Let them sit together for an entire night. The avocado will be ripe and ready.

Can you eat unripe avocado?

You can eat an unripe avocado, but we don’t recommend it. An unripe avocado will not have the wonderfully creamy texture and taste as good.