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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