How to Quickly Ripen an Avocado

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:

  1. Wrap the under-ripe avocado in aluminum foil
  2. Place wrapped avocados in a baking dish
  3. Set the oven to 200 degrees
  4. Bake the avocado for 15 mins
  5. 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!


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