Do you know that Avocados are considered as the #1 food. EVER! They have the most balanced nutritional value of all the food specter. However, they have 1 big flaw when it comes to preparing them, and that, you guessed it, is their awkward ripening time that can sometimes take weeks.
You can ripen a too-hard avocado by putting it in a paper bag at room temperature. If all goes according to plan, it’ll ripen to perfect smushing texture in a matter of days.
But if you really can’t wait any longer—like, you need it right this instant (I mean, you haven’t Instagrammed since yesterday)—there is indeed another measure you can take. As they say, desperate times call for desperate measures.
You can bake it in the oven. Yes, seriously. And no, it won’t get hot and weird and mushy. Here’s how:
- Preheat the oven to 200°F.
- Wrap your little green friend in tin foil, and place it on a baking sheet.
- Place the sheet in the oven for 10 minutes.
Et voilà! It’s all grown up and ready for spreading atop any and every snack.
But how? What sorcery is this?
Well, like other fruits, avocados emit ethylene gas, which is usually released slowly—causing the avocados to ripen over time—but when you wrap one in tinfoil and heat it up, you’ve trapped the gas and sped up the ripening process.
You can never mistake with an avocado. And even if it’s too immature now you know a hack that will save you time.