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 How to soften an avocado immediately

Making preparations in advance is necessary when a dish calls for a perfectly ripe and velvety avocado. Still, do I? No. The likelihood of finding a ripe avocado at that point is completely hit-or-miss. More frequently, I decide I need that priceless avocado while purchasing groceries for that night's meal (more often a miss).

I just discovered a suggestion, though, that offered a simple and quick method for ripening hard avocados at home. I had to try it for myself because it sounded like it could completely transform the game.

The First Tip

In accordance with the original advice, an avocado should be entirely wrapped in tin foil, put in a baking dish, and baked at 200°F for 10 minutes, or until tender.

Avocados emit ethylene gas, which eventually encourages ripening. In a sense, the fruit is enveloped by its own ethylene gas because of the foil wrapping. The process of ripening should proceed more quickly as the gas becomes more concentrated over time.

There are many great delicacies served at summer cookouts and barbecues, but in my opinion, nothing beats dishes piled high with avocados. I frequently eat avocados, whether in guacamole or just straight out of the skin; yet, finding them perfectly ripe may be challenging.

The variety at supermarket stores frequently varies from extremely hard to overripe. If all that's left is unripened avocados that need to be consumed right away, you can hasten their maturation with just 10 minutes and a little heat.

The Secret to Quick Avocado Ripening

Avocados, like the majority of fruits and vegetables, ripen quickly in a warm atmosphere. Therefore, increasing the temperature will be necessary if you want to transform an avocado from a brick to a perfect specimen in just one day. Bare Cupboard Basics, a YouTube user, advises using your oven.

Make sure your avocado is completely covered in tin foil and that no air can escape by tightly wrapping it. Ensure that it is (or they are) tightly wrapped.

Avocados and bananas both naturally release ethylene gas. All nearby fruits and vegetables also mature when this gas is emitted, including avocado. The ripening chemical that the fruit emits is sent back into its source if you merely surround the avocados with their own ethylene gas. In essence, this forces the avocado to accelerate the process by concentrating the gas.

Once your avocado is completely covered, place it inside a baking dish and bake it at 200°F for a few minutes. Check on the fruit's development after 10 minutes, or even earlier depending on how ripe it is right now, and keep it in until it is completely mature. The fruit will get softer due to the oven's heat and the ethylene gas.

To be consumed on its own or included in recipes?

Although this ripening technique complements the avocado's natural process, it does result in a somewhat different flavor. Both Eat by Date and Focus on Mexico note that it won't taste exactly like a naturally ripened avocado because the oven's heat softens the fruit to some extent. So, anytime you need the fruit for a recipe and you're a stickler for that authentic avocado flavor, give this tip a try.

Try putting other fruits in your oven to ripen them if you need to. This method for producing the ideal overripe bananas for banana bread is recommended by Food and Wine when using bananas. In a pinch, using the oven can help you get the desired texture and level of ripeness.

The Test Procedure

In accordance with the original advice, I preheated my oven to 200°F. Then I put a hard, unripe avocado in a baking dish, covered it with foil, and put it in the oven. Every five minutes, I checked on the progress of the avocado. After the avocado had finished baking, I took it out of the oven, let it cool fully, then cut it in half to see the results.

The Results

I began keeping track of the avocado's development after five minutes. The results are as follows:

  1. 5 minutes: No change.
  2. 10 minutes: No change.
  3. 15 minutes: It might be beginning to soften. But perhaps not.
  4. 20 minutes: No, not a bit softer, absolutely.
  5. 25 minutes: No, it's not softening up at all.
  6. 30 minutes: It appears to be softening. Maybe?
  7. 40 minutes: It might be slightly softening, but only a little.
  8. 50 minutes: Finally! There has been some actual development, however slight.
  9. 60 minutes: Yes! The avocado is actually softer. It appears to be ripe.

After the avocado had cooled completely (approximately another 30 minutes later), I removed the foil, and it was even softer than when I had taken it out of the oven. In order to avoid feeling lonely, I would choose this when purchasing a ripe avocado from the supermarket.

Yes, it is soft, but the real issue is the flavor. It didn't quite have the same taste or smooth, creamy texture that you would associate with ripe avocado. Although it didn't taste particularly horrible, it did have a somewhat different flavor.

Final Remarks

If you're working with an almost-ripe avocado, this procedure might take ten minutes, but don't anticipate ripening a rock-hard fruit in that short of a time.

Ripe avocados have a certain flavor that I've grown accustomed to; it's silky, creamy, buttery, and just a little rich. Unfortunately, utilizing this approach didn't result in my getting it. Although not horrible, the flavor reminded me of an immature avocado and wasn't really pleasant.

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