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How to Soften a Hard, Unripe Avocado

Burning Question: What's the Fastest Way to Soften Avocados?

YumSugar Community member skigurl wanted to make guacamole, and wrote in to ask us a burning question about it: "What do I do if I need to make guacamole today, but all the avocados in the store are hard?" I reached out to the California Avocado Commission to find the answer. "The majority of stores carry avocados that are ripe and ready to eat today or tomorrow," Jan DeLyser, vice president of marketing explained. "Many consumers purchase enough avocados for weekly consumption, so they always have some ready to use." She suggests shopping at stores that have ripe avocado programs for immediate use, or, if you have a few days to spare, placing avocados in a bag with an apple or a banana at room temperature to expedite ripening. (Apples and bananas emit a ripening agent called ethylene gas.) Conversely, ripe avocados can be kept in the refrigerator for a day or two to slow down the maturation process. If all else fails, take a tip from mokba43, who recommends using a potato ricer to create fluffy, small grains. What's your advice?

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