How to Ripen Avocados

Do you hate waiting forever for your avocados to mature in order to get that ideal texture? We do, too. Here are some tips to get those avocados ready for guacamole ASAP. Restrict the avocado's air flow and amp up the heat. Put your avocados in a paper or plastic bag. Plastic bags are better because they aren't permeable. Putting them in a bag traps in the ethylene gas, an invisible, odorless gas released naturally by the fruit. Feel free to throw in a banana or tomato (both rich in ethylene). This will speed up the process.   Warmth promotes the release of more ethylene. So when you choose a location to keep your bagged avocados, avoid cold, granite countertops. Instead, choose a wooden windowsill or someplace similar that doesn't harbor the cold.  Once your avocados finally "break," or ripen, place them in the fridge to prolong freshness.  [caption id="attachment_1006" align="aligncenter" width="750"]photo copy 4 Avocados to be sealed in a bag with tomatoes and kept in a warm space[/caption]       Related Avocado Recipes: Avocado Burger with Grilled Onions and Corn on the Cob Garden Omelette  Chorizo Mariposa and Guacamole  

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