Fancy Avocados?

You’ve probably caught on by now that I LOVE avocado. Recently, I’ve used it {here}, {here} and {here}! Since I go through about a bag of avocados a week, I buy them in bulk at Trader Joes, while they are still hard and green, and ripen them as I need them!

Here is a trick I use to speed up the ripening process

Place your avocado in a closed paper bag with a banana.



Within half a day, your avocado should be well on its way to ripening. The longer it sits, the more it ripens. I usually throw my avocado in a bag on the morning of the day I want to use it. By the time I get home from work it is squishy and ready for dinner!

Apparently ripe bananas release a lot of ethylene, which help speed up the avocado ripening process.


One more avocado trick to keep your avocado from browning



Instead of squirting the avocado with lemon juice {or coating it with cooking spray}, simply layer a lemon slice on the cut half of the avocado and wrap it tightly until you’re ready to use it.




  1. Laura | Our Life in the Queen City
    October 15, 2012 / 4:39 pm

    whaaaat? this blows my mind, and is a total game-changer. we go through avocados so quickly, and i get so upset when i cant find one that's ripe! thank you thank you!

  2. Dee Stephens
    October 15, 2012 / 5:29 pm

    Thanks for the tip! I had no clue!

  3. Christina
    October 15, 2012 / 5:49 pm

    I go through avocados like it's a part-time job. I usually leave the pit in my dip (or whatever I make) to keep it from browning. After a little stir, it's green again!

  4. Laura at Simply Lowcountry
    October 15, 2012 / 6:33 pm

    Wow, that is crazy! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Lindsay
    October 15, 2012 / 8:24 pm

    ok seriously this just made my day!!!! 🙂 thank you!!!

  6. Michelle
    October 15, 2012 / 10:28 pm

    As a fellow avocado lover I wish I had the ability to hug you right now; I can't count how many times I've gone through unripened avocados and almost cried as I threw them away in the trash because they were inedible. I am an impatient person, ESPECIALLY when it comes to noshing on avocados 🙂

  7. daniwhitney
    October 16, 2012 / 2:51 am

    Love avocados!!! I was just telling my husband today that I hate how they go bad so quickly- thanks for advice!

  8. Megan@TwoDelighted
    October 17, 2012 / 2:36 am

    You are like the cutest little wife ever with all these tips. I am also obsessed with avocado. There is this amaze recipe on skinny taste.com bet you would like it. It is so delicious and skinny too. Can;t beat it. Great little trick honey!!

  9. Shannon Marie
    October 17, 2012 / 3:06 pm

    Wow, these tips just blew my mind! Thank you so much for this post.

  10. [dianegatorfan]
    October 17, 2012 / 9:01 pm

    Love love LOVE avocados! I also leave the pit in the avocado half I don't use immediately and wrap in plastic wrap. Most of it stays green until I'm ready to use it the next day. Great tips!!

  11. Everything and Anything
    January 13, 2013 / 4:50 pm

    just found this entry!!I will def. try it!!

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