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Never buy an avocado that rattles. One that does is already overripe.
There are 2 ways to ripen an avocado. You can sit it on your windowsill for a few days until it is ripened. Or the best way is to place them in a brown paper bag and keep them at room temperature. This way will take anywhere between 3 and 6 days, depending on the ripeness when you bought them.
If you need to speed up the process, just pop a banana, apple or tomato in the bag as well. Once ripe, it will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Never refrigerate unripe avocado. They will not ripen in the cold.
Source: My Grandmother taught me this method.
By Rosemary from New Zealand
Everyone knows of how to keep an avocado from browning but I found out a lot of people don't know how to make it brown. Ripen that is. I find that if you set it on your windowsill for a day or 2 it will soften to touch instead of waiting about a week for it to ripen in the refrigerator.
By Paula B
I read on the Internet that placing an unripe avacado in a bag of flour will ripen it over night. Yesterday, I was desperate. I needed 3 ripened by morning. I took a large paper bag and placed all 3 in the bag, then dumped approximately 1/2 bag of flour over them. I rolled up the bag as best I could and left it on the counter. This morning all 3 were perfectly ripe. I can't believe it! They were rock hard yesterday.
Your green bananas can be wrapped in newspaper or brown bags to ripen. Avocado pears can be wrapped in newspaper and put it in your rice container the ripen within two or three days.
By Dorothy from Durban, KZN
Guacamole and chips is a traditional Mexican snack. If your avocados need to ripen quickly, put them in a paper bag with an apple. The ethylene gas released by the apple will hasten the ripening of the avocados.
By Linda from Vista CA
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Unripe but unbruised fruits like papaya and avocado frequently go bad without ripening. How do I prevent that?
Yeeton from London
Put them in a paper bag with an apple for a day or two. The gas that the apple produces cause the avocado, etc. to ripen more quickly. Check the paper bag each day, and you will undoubtedly find that things ripen twice as fast as they would if you merely left them out.