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Buying and Storing Avocados


Buying Avocados:

Avocados can be a very delicate fruit and usually don’t last long. For this reason we want to make sure we buy the correct avocado based on our needs.

If we need our avocados immediately then we want to pick one that is just slightly soft. Avocados should yield to a light squeeze and that’s how we can tell if they are ripe and ready to eat.

For all other uses we should buy firm avocados. We can speed up or delay the ripening process at home based on how soon we need them.

Storing Avocados:

Depending on how soon you need your avocados is how you should go about storing them.

If you are looking to consume them in 2-3 days then leave them out on the counter. They will naturally ripen and will be ready to eat in no time!

If you want to keep them for 5-7+ days then you should store them in the fridge. This will slow down the ripening process and allow you to keep them for longer. You should begin to take them out of the fridge as you need them and let them sit for a day or two to ripen naturally. Just remember that the longer they have been in the cold the faster they will ripen when you take them out.

Tip:  To keep a half used avocado buy an avocado saver and sprinkle some lemon juice on the fruit to prevent it from browning in the fridge.

What Not To Do:

  • Avoid Bruised or Soft Avocados: These are either already to ripe or won’t ripen correctly.
  • Avoid a Loose Pit : Give the avocado a shake, if you can hear the pit bouncing around then you know its already began to spoil on the inside.
  • Don’t Store Near Apples or Bananas: Both these fruits produce a high amount of ethylene gas and will cause your pears to ripen much faster.