Kitchen Hacks

23-ish Other Ways to *Instantly* Ripen an Avocado

April 20, 2016

Ripe avocados—in all their creamy, dreamy, unabashedly green glory—are one of life's many small pleasures; we, like everyone else, love to eat them. We also love kitchen "hacks"—those good ideas that somehow transcend the implication of "good ideas"—as much as the next cook. (Well, as long as they actually work.)

So when we spotted some internet hack-chatter that you can ripen a rock-hard avocado within an hour in the oven—by covering it in aluminum foil so the ethylene gas it emits is trapped close, causing it to hyper-ripen—we held a small celebration to thank the kitchen hack gods.

Even the Kitchn says it works—so long as you don't care about the flavor or texture of your avocado, that is. So what if a quick-ripened avocado tastes like a green banana! So what if it has the texture of a mealy apple!! At least you can cut through it and smash it about on oily toast. All that matters is that you got a good picture to post on (Not)Recipes, right?

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We were so inspired by this trick-hack that we devised a few other ways for quick-ripening your avocados—many of which only require tender loving care. The following is excerpted from our editorial Slack room. Editor's note: Please forgive our typos. Comedy comes quickly and unedited, you know?

After thinking a while, we realized that nothing softens an unripened soul like proper coddling:

Clearly, there's something about a hot avocado that really gets us going!

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“Is not instant, but I put them on a bag in the oven for the night, and the next day they are good to eat them. Somewhere I read that you can put them in a bag with a banana and international will help to ripe faster, I haven't try it. ”
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But what your hard avocado really wants, rather than to get baked today (we shouldn't have to tell you your avocado isn't a pothead) is an outing. Soccer? Date night? You decide. Watch it melt like butter before your eyes:

But since "testing" is all about throwing things against the wall and seeing what sticks, we wanted to make sure we "tested" these thoroughly.

Sarah even sang to it.

Okay, so eventually we got distracted (maybe your avocado is a pothead after all). Did you see that we have a recipe for pot brownies?

Ahem.

We'll be over here, trying to date our rock-hard avocados until they ripen so help us god.

How do you ripen your avocados at the speed of sound? Share your tips in the comments.

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11 Comments

kimikoftokyo May 10, 2016
A brown bag and just wait and cry lol
 
Claudia |. April 23, 2016
I wait: #slowfood. But the brown bag works well too ?
 
stephanieRD April 22, 2016
When I know I'd like to use it the next day, I put it in a paper bag and voila!
 
Feon-Na April 22, 2016
put it in a bag with bananas. ripens in a day!
 
Karen April 22, 2016
Is not instant, but I put them on a bag in the oven for the night, and the next day they are good to eat them. <br />Somewhere I read that you can put them in a bag with a banana and international will help to ripe faster, I haven't try it.
 
Karen April 22, 2016
Sorry, autocorrect, it supposed to say: "it" instead of "international" <br /> ?
 
Colleen S. April 20, 2016
Change your definition of ripe to fit the avocado… it will always be ripe!<br />
 
Smaug April 20, 2016
Put it next to a sign saying "Ripe Avocados"- retailers have been doing it this way for years.
 
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Amanda S. April 21, 2016
Brilliant.
 
Coco E. April 20, 2016
Not really instant, but putting it next to a fragrant (unwaxed) apple in a cupboard will turn a rock hard avo to the perfect "firm but ripe" stage overnight.
 
Fredrik B. April 20, 2016
Fall asleep and wake up when it's ripe.