4 Avocado Hacks You Need to Know

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For a fruit that’s so fabulous and delicious, finding one that’s perfectly ripe—and keeping it that way—can be almost impossible to do.

Here are 4 easy hacks that make shopping, storing, and using avocados crazy easy, along with using those over ripe ones!

Pull Don’t Squeeze

photo source: thekitchn

photo source: thekitchn

We’ve all given an avocado a squeeze to tell whether it’s ripe, but doing so will actually bruise the fruit. Instead, pull the little stem at the top.

  • If it comes off easily and you see green underneath, the avocado is ripe—
  • If  you see brown, it’s overripe.
  • But what if the stem won’t budge? Then your avocado isn’t ready yet.

Ripen it with an Apple

photo source: californiaavocado.com

photo source: californiaavocado.com

If you need to use a too-firm avocado in a day or two, simply use the apple trick.  Stick the ripe avocado in a paper bag with an apple and roll the paper bag closed.  Place it on the kitchen counter and as they sit together the fruit emits a gas that promotes ripening.

Your avocado should be ripe in a day!

After Cutting

photo source: food52.com

photo source: food52.com

Now that you’ve gotten your avocado ripe and used only half of it, what do you do with the other half?  Try refrigerating it in an airtight container with half a sliced onion, which will keep the fruit somewhat green for up to a day.

You can also rub the cut side of an avocado with lemon or lime juice, or apple cider vinegar and store it in an airtight container for up to a day.

Or you can buy this handy gadget at Amazon.

Don’t waste that peel

photo source: brit.co

photo source: brit.co

I personally have never done this, but I do have 2 avocados on my window sill that will either hit the garbage tonight or perhaps make a mask.  I hear avocados do amazing things for your skin, especially in the winter.  It’s high time I try this!

  • All you need to do is to blend 1/2 an avocado, 1 teaspoon yogurt and 1/2 teaspoon honey together.
  • Using a fork mash the avocado until it’s soft and then mix in the honey and yogurt to make a paste.
  • Apply it to your skin for 10 – 15 minutes and remove it by washing your skin with lukewarm water.

Try these great recipes and you may not have any leftover avocado to worry about!

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Strawberry & Avocado Chicken Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

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Eggs, Roasted Asparagus, Bacon and Avocado Hollandaise Sauce

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 Chocolate Avocado Pudding

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