This is the Quickest Way to Ripen an Avocado
Try this smart trick to quickly ripen rock-hard avocados.
“I’m making guacamole, but the avocados are hard as rocks.”
Vivian Tran, via e-mail
The Fix: Place avocados in a brown paper bag with a banana, then leave the bag on a sunny windowsill for 18 to 24 hours, says Joe Quintana, the New York City–based regional executive chef for the Rosa Mexicano restaurants. Together, the banana and the avocados release a large amount of ethylene gas, which can hasten ripening. (The heat may help speed the process, too.) If you can’t wait a day, try this trick from California avocado grower Carol Steed: Place 2 peeled, pitted avocados in a blender with 1 cup peas (fresh, or frozen and thawed); pulse until smooth. The peas will help soften the consistency of the unripe avocados but won’t affect the flavor. Watch the video for more ways to ripen an avocado.