How to Ripen Avocados Quickly - Easy and Effective!

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So you’re craving a creamy, nutrient-dense avocado for your latest alkalizing meal recipe, and head to the store to grab one. Yet you’re bombarded with a bin full of light green, hard-as-a-rock fruits that are nowhere near ripe, and certainly not edible. If you are following an alkaline foods diet, having ripe avocados on hand is a necessity. Never fear – there are ways to ripen an avocado quickly, without letting it sit on the counter for a week!

To ripen in a day or two: Place the avocado in a brown paper bag with an apple, tomato, or banana. These three fruits release ethylene, which causes other fruits to ripen at a faster rate. By confining the avocados in close proximity to one of these, you can have a ripe fruit in less than 48 hours (often less than 24 hours).

The super speedy, kinda tricky option: Your microwave. Prick the fruit all over with a fork, then place it on a microwave-safe dish lined with paper towels. Microwave the fruit on medium heat at 30 second intervals, checking in between to see how soft it is. While this method will ripen the avocado so that you can eat it, the flavor will not be as intense as a naturally-ripened fruit. However, it can work in a pinch. But really should be used as your emergency, last resort.

So how do you store avocados once perfectly ripe so they don’t turn bad too quickly? In the crisper of your fridge. This stalls the ripening process, keeping the avocado perfect until you’re ready to enjoy it.