How to store your avocados

Ever wondered if you are doing the right thing with your avos when you get them home?

Avocados are funny things when it comes to ripening. You see, avocados don’t ripen until they’re picked! Yep, it is the plucking them off the tree which kicks the ripening process in to gear. So this means ripening is not an exact science. They can take anywhere from 7 to 10 days to ripen and that’s at room temperature. So spare a thought for the poor shop owner next time your buying your avos – it’s REALLY tricky to get them ripe on the shelf for you!

So, say you buy an avo from the supermarket that is still quite firm, (which I highly recommend doing)  you’ll be best to pop it in the fruit bowl so it can continue to ripen naturally. If it’s soft all over and you don’t want to eat it immediately, it’s probably best to pop it in the fridge as that will stop it ripening any further. Remember avocados won’t ripen in the fridge. Only put them in there if they are ripe and you are not ready to eat them. I’m guessing if they’re ripe they won’t last that long!

If you want to try to get it to ripen faster, you can try putting it in a brown paper bag with a banana as the ethylene from the banana acts as a ripening agent and can speed up the process. But, the main thing is really the temperature, keep it warm and it will ripen quicker. But, don’t let it get too hot and humid with no airflow as this can make it go brown and yucky! Tricky right?!

So:

  • The best place for avocados to ripen is in the fruit bowl at room temperature, approx. 20C.
  • If your avo is ripe and you want to stop it ripening further and going brown and yuck- pop it in the fridge.
  • If you want to speed up ripening, keep the avo warm and try putting it in a brown paper bag with a banana.
  • Don’t let your avos get too hot and humid and don’t put them in a place with no airflow.

 

That’s it! If you keep the avos happy they’ll be good for you, not too hot, not too cold, just right.

Do you have any tricks for storing your avocados? We’d love to hear. Please comment below if do!

Hope this was helpful

Katrina x

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Are you flourishing?

You may remember a previous post of mine where I shared my experience of losing my Dad to suicide and my own experience with a bit of depression and anxiety? Well since then I’ve learnt a ton of stuff about how to have good mental health and wellbeing.

I’ve  learnt to meditate and now practice twice every day, I journal, I practice gratitude, I read loads of books, I’ve done courses, I’ve done the Miracle Morning, I do yoga and I exercise regularly and eat loads of avocados (of course, that actually hasn’t changed) and I can honestly say that it really has changed my life.  Well, it hasn’t actually changed my life because my life is really just the same life, but the way I see life is different and that’s the key!  It’s definitely a work in progress and sometimes I I have days were I drop off but I’m always learning and I can honestly say that life is good and I feel great.

All of this has also helped me to get way more focussed on our business and learning new things to do with that rather than being just chaotic and super busy and stuck on a treadmill of craziness. It’s pretty awesome and there is so much stuff I’ve learnt. But –  I remember having no idea where to even start or that there was a whole world out there of helpful mindfulness tools, apps, workshops, books, podcasts, Ted talks etc etc. I didn’t know that there were ways to look after our mind and to exercise it. It’s actually just like physical exercise. There is so much you can do to have a healthy mind. So –  I really want to share what I have learnt with you guys so that you can see what’s out there too!

I must say there really isn’t a one size fits all approach. Some things that have worked for me might work for you and others might not. It’s quite an individual thing, good wellbeing, which makes it tricky, but also fun. I just love trying new things and learning about what’s out there.  So I’ll be adding a wellbeing topic to my blog and it’s going to be all about what I’ve learnt and tips and helpful links or people that have helped me on the path towards flourishing!

Does it all sound a bit weird? I remember I once thought that meditation was just so foreign and not for me as I would never be able to stop my crazy head and all the thoughts, or sit still for 5 minutes! And “gratitude” sounds so, I don’t know, weird or fluffy, but trust me it’s so bloomin’ helpful to practice gratitude. So if you are there going hmm, it all sounds a bit weird to me, I will never be able to meditate, then I hear you. I was there too. But if you’re keen to make some changes, then just start small. Like I said, good mental health is just like good physical health. If you are overweight, crash diets and big ambitions of losing 10kg in a month are unlikely to last and mental health is just the same. There is no quick fix, but it really can be fun and is totally life changing if you’re up for it. And seriously – who doesn’t want to love their life?

So are you flourishing or are you surviving? Martin Seligman explains that the “good life” is pleasant, engaged, meaningful, achieving, and connected. Is that you?

Here’s a couple of things to get you started..

The Power of Vulnerability  – Brene Brown  – Love everything this women puts out there and a good place to start is her amazing TED talk.  I guess it’s what inspires me to share my story and to get stuff out there. By sharing our vulnerabilities and our stories, we help others so much. I know myself I LOVE hearing other people’s stories.If you’ve been wanting to share your story or start a blog or start anything – this will give you a kick start!

Happiness is not enough This is a great little article which is an excerpt from Martin Seligman’s  book Flourish It gives a great insight into why we shouldn’t really be aiming for “Happiness” but rather flourishing.

Raw Beauty – I loved this book. I saw Kemi Speak at “Imagine the Possibilities” in Echuca last year and read the book straight after. It’s not too over the top and is just really good guide to how to nourish yourself form the inside out!

Thanks for reading and please send through any questions you might have about avocados, farming or wellbeing as I’d love to answer them. And just to note, I’ll just be sharing things that have helped me and my experiences. But if you think you might be seriously depressed or suffering from anxiety then it’s definitely best to go and see your GP or you can even call Lifeline or the PANDA hot line. Everything I share here is just my experience and what’s worked for me and I hope you might find something for you.

 

Kx

 

 

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What’s with the “Bacon”?

 

So, I thought I’d give you a little bit of background about the Bacon avocados and I’ve made this little video for you so you can see how to tell when a Bacon is ready to eat. The Bacon avos aren’t really found in the supermarkets any more so I thought I’d give you a little bit of extra advice with how to handle them.

The Bacon are a bit of a “sensitive” variety of avocado. They have a thin skin and they don’t go black when they are ripe, so it’s a little bit harder to tell when they are ready. But don’t worry I am here to help!

As you probably now know, avocados don’t ripen until you pick them so there is no exact time frame to when they will be ready, but with practice it get’s easy to pick it.

When you get your Bacon avocados they will be very firm because they are just picked and because they are picked mid Winter, they take a bit longer to ripen than one of the summer varieties. This is basically because temperature is the biggest factor in ripening.

So expect the Bacon to take 2 weeks to ripen from when they arrive with you.

The Bacon need to be really soft all over and not just at the surface level, they need to be soft all the way through. So if one part feels soft but another feels hard, keep waiting! I know this can be excruciating but its well worth it.

So:

  1. Remember avos don’t ripen till they are picked!
  2. The Bacon will take around 2 weeks to ripen
  3. Bacon do not go black when ripe they stay bright green
  4. Don’t cut them too early, be patient! Wait until they are soft all over.

Oh and don’t forget if they all ripen at once just pop them in the fridge! The Bacon won’t last that long once they’re ripe!

Please let us know how you go with the Bacon, what do you think of the flavour and did you find this helpful for knowing when they were ready to eat?

For more articles like this, make sure you’re signed up here and if you missed out on the Bacon, dot worry – the Fuerte are ready so you can head to the shop and place your orders now!

Here’s my little video all about the Bacon – hope you enjoy it!

 

Thanks so much for watching and I’d love to hear if you have any more questions.

Katrina x

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