Food Hack: How to Ripen an Avocado in 5 minutes

**Food Hacks: In this new series I'm sharing food and kitchen tips making your time in the kitchen much more of a breeze.  Many tips are insights from my studies in Agriculture while at university. Join the conversation and share your most lived by tips in the comments below.

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Avocado Trick

This quite possibly could be the most useful tip - are you ready to have an, 'oh man, why didn't I think of that', kind of a moment? I definfienly did. While I was studying Agricultural Business in university, I took a California Fruit Growing course that taught me this exceptionally easy tip. Fast forward 4 years and it has proven to be one of the best tricks out there. 

And here it is...

Take an unripe avocado, place it on a baking sheet and warm it in the oven on 400F for 5 minutes. Pull it out of the oven and let it cool to room temperature.

And there you have it - now you got yourself one very ripe and tasty avocado. And I'll throw in this extra bonus tip -- when you're out at the market and need a ripe avocado that second, all you do is peel off the small stem on top and if the skin is dark brown - then it's over ripe, and if it's white - than it is not ripe enough. You want the color to be somewhere in-between, like a creamy brown. 

Avocado Recipes

And if you're in the mood for a freshly ripe avocado salad, try the recipe from the below photo! All you need is an avocado, orange slices, cherries, apricots (or any stone fruit) and a drizzle of fresh orange juice -- mix and you're done!

Craving something more substantial? Then try these two baked avocado recipes:

 - Spicy Avocado Egg Boat

- Stuffed Avocado with Chili Chickpeas


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Have you guys tried this trick before? I swear it's the only way I'll ripen an avocado since it only takes 5 minutes! Could never go back to the 2 day long brown bag + apple slice again.

 And if you give these a try let me know how it goes! Leave a comment and tell me what you think. Your notes always help me improve the recipes and articles for you. I appreciate hearing what you guys would like to see more of - more recipes, lifestyle posts, photography advice - shoot me a message so I can get started!


Have 5 minutes?

How about reading these 5 clever tips about how to use the crazy underutilized ice-cube tray! I use trick No. 1 and 3 all the time! 

I also love seeing your take on any of the recipes from the blog so don't forget to tag me on Instagram - #8thandlake - so I can see your creations! 

You can also find me on Snapchat with more photos and clips of my everyday life - username - marie8thandlake and on Pinterest - to see what my dream reality would look like ;)

Lots of love from the west coast,

xx Marie