Freeze your avos to make the most of them all year round
For perfectly ripe avocados year-round, coat the halves in lemon juice then freeze them – it really does work! Mica Siva, RD also adds: “you can brush the cut side with a touch of olive oil to keep from browning or keep in a bag with bananas to ripen faster!” If browning is your issue, rubbing a thin layer of tasteless olive oil on the flesh of halved avocados creates a layer between the produce and the air, which reduces oxidation. You can store the avocado halves in a plastic bag and defrost one whenever you’re craving it.
Food blogger Amy also recommends using under-ripe avocados for smoothies: “chop them up and freeze them. Then throw them in a blender with your other ingredients for the creamiest of smoothies”.
Another cooking hack comes from Rachel, who shares: “Use avocado in place of egg (in some recipes e.g. brownies). Also in my post I explain how NOT to ripen an avocado”.
For a longer solution, put your avo in a paper bag with a banana or an apple. The gases in the fruit produce will help soften and ripen your avocado – did we mention we LOVE science?
Grow your own avocados..!
If you are big on your gardening skills and looking to support a sustainable lifestyle, then growing your avocado tree from your avocado pit may be the way to go! For the full tutorial, watch this video.
Last but not least – here’s our full-proof trick to make sure you never buy a rotten avocado ever again. When you’re selecting your avocado, peel off the stem at the top, and look underneath. If it’s bright green, the fruit is perfectly ripe and ready to eat. If it’s brown underneath, your avocado is probably overripe and a little bit brown all over: “think you look like a weirdo poking avocados in the supermarket? Instead, pop out the “cap” or small stem on the top of the avo. Really pale (under ripe). Brown (over ripe). Green (just right)” says Amy.