Our Test Kitchen Just Revealed the Best Way To Get Avocados Ripe ASAP

Madeline Howard
Photo credit: Somrudee Doikaewkhao / EyeEm - Getty Images
Photo credit: Somrudee Doikaewkhao / EyeEm - Getty Images

From Men's Health

Look, I love avocados. That’s why I get pretty frustrated every time I’m at the store and the only buying options I have are unripe, hard-as-a-rock lil’ guys. I typically buy them anyway and just try to wait it out until they’re ready for my avocado toast and guac. But you know what? Sometimes it's annoying AF that you have to wait days in order to eat them. (I know. I’m dramatic.) That's why when I found out about this super cool, ripe-speeding hack I just had to share.

It turns out that fruits and veggies like apples, tomatoes, melons, and ripe bananas produce an odorless gas called ethylene, which speeds up the decay of the food it surrounds. In most cases, you def wanna keep these items away from your other produce, ’cause no one wants to find moldy berries or greens in their crisper drawer. Buuuut, when it comes to those extra-hard avos you just wanna eat already? Sidle them up to an apple or ripe banana so that they become softer and ready to eat faster.

Here’s what you can do if you know you’re gonna need a ripe avocado in your life soon (and tbh, who doesn’t): Collect your apples, tomatoes, melons, and ripe bananas and put them in the produce drawer of your fridge. Snuggle your avocado into the middle of the group and let them all sit in there for a day or two. Then, when you finally need it, open up your fridge and you'll have *chef's kiss* the world’s most perfect avocado!

That’s right you guys, it’s so simple. Thank me later and get ready to enjoy all of your favorite avocado recipes.

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