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Our avocados are not ripe enough. How do we soften them up for guac?

asked by hallolynn almost 7 years ago

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added almost 7 years ago

If you have a couple of days, you can put them in a brown paper bag with a ripe apple or banana and leave on your window sill or counter-- if you don't have that much time, I read that you can prick the avocado and microwave for 30 seconds but apparently the flesh won't taste quite as delicious as if you left it to ripen naturally (I haven't tried this method) . . .

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added almost 7 years ago

I agree with the brown bag and apple or banana method. Otherwise you are SOL. They take their own time, an under or over ripe avocado is really tragic. If you do use underripe, or that microwave method (new to me), you might like to add a little olive oil to the guac to help mimic a ripe lucious one.

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added almost 7 years ago

i've heard of the microwave method from the produce man at our market. Never tried it though. I usually do the brown bag/banana trick.

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added almost 7 years ago

The window sill or counter works the best. Don't put them in a bowl. If you leave them near a banana, citrus or in a bowl they turn mushy and black before they really ripen properly.

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added almost 7 years ago

I've tried the microwave method and it seemed to take away a lot of the flavor.

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added almost 7 years ago

If they are not ripe enough for guacamole, maybe they're ripe enough for avocado fries.
http://find.myrecipes.com...

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added almost 7 years ago

A paper bag has always worked for me.

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added almost 7 years ago

The paper bag and apple works very well.

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