Have you ever sent your husband to the grocery store to buy avocado and he comes back with ones that are hard as a rock? This happened to me over the weekend when I was trying to make Bacon Guacamole. Rather than sending him back to the store or to another grocery store to find more ripe avocado I decided to try to use the ones he brought home and hope for the best. As I tried to cut into the avocado I realized these avocados were not going to work. I remembered reading an article a while back that suggested putting fruit in a brown paper bag to assist in the ripening process. Unfortunately, that still takes a few days. I needed something that would help me ripen the avocado within a few hours. After a few minutes of research, I found an article that said I could ripen an avocado in 10-15 minutes!
I tried out the method from the article and it worked, however, not exactly how they described. Below is the step by step process I took in order to ripen my avocado before making my guacamole.
How It’s Done:
- Wrap the under-ripe avocado in aluminum foil
- Place wrapped avocados in a baking dish
- Set the oven to 200 degrees
- Bake the avocado for 15 mins
- Check the avocado after 15 minutes in the oven to see if they have become any softer. If not, repeat steps 4 and 5 until they seem to get softer. Be sure to check the avocados every 15 minutes so that you do not end up over-ripening the avocados.
The article I read said they would be ripe within 10-15 minutes of being in the oven. That was not the case for me. I ended up having to put them in the oven for a total of 60 minutes until they were ripe enough to make my guacamole.
Give this trick a try and let me know how it worked for you in the comments!