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4 Powerful Ways to Ripen Avocados Quickly (+Extra Tips)

4 Powerful Ways to Ripen Avocados Quickly (+Extra Tips)

Avocados are amazingly nutritious and versatile and a wonderful addition to a great number of recipes. But isn’t it annoying when you go to the shop and after sifting through the pile on offer, they’re all rock hard?

If you need the avocado for the same day, it can be frustrating having to wait days for them to ripen properly. Typically an under-ripe avocado will take a few days to get to the point where it’s flesh is perfectly soft to eat. If you can’t wait that long, then there are ways to ripen avocados quickly and effectively in time for using the same or next day.

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How to check for ripe avocados

Checking for the perfectly ripe avocado is essential but how exactly do you choose the best one?

  • If you want a perfectly rip avocado it needs to be dark in color as under-ripe avocados tend to be a brighter green.
  • Make sure it’s firm but slightly soft to the touch—it should feel slightly squidgy under the skin with a gentle squeeze.
  • If it leaves finger indents when you test it the avocado is over-ripe which you want to avoid.
  • You can also test the ripeness by flicking the stem—if it comes off easily then it is ripe, if not then it still needs longer to ripen.

If there are no ripe avocados on offer, then here are 4 simple ways to ripen them faster!

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1. The paper bag method (and a banana)

This is one of the most common methods to ripen avocados. Using the ethylene gas that fruit give off to ripen, adding a banana (any fruit will do but a banana works more effectively) speeds up the ripening process over 24 hours.

  • Get a paper bag, a banana and your avocado.
  • Place the avocado inside the bag together with the banana and loosely close the paper bag up.
  • Leave the bag in a warm place like a windowsill or by the oven.
  • After around 12–24 hours check the avocado for ripeness (you will see the banana has turned brown quite quickly)

2. The oven method

This is a great method as it allows you to ripen the avocado in minutes so it’s ready for using the same day!

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  • Get your under-ripe avocado and wrap it in aluminium foil.
  • Pop it in the oven at 200 degrees C or 100 degrees F for 10–15 minutes.
  • Carefully take it out (it’ll be a little hot) and open it up–it’ll have ripened nicely for you to use straight away.

3. The pea method

Another way to deal with over-ripe avocados when you can’t wait until the next day to use them with peas. The peas soften the avocado but doesn’t change the taste, so it’s a perfect and quick way to use your unripe avocado.

  • Cut open the avocado and take out the flesh.
  • Put it into a blender and add 1 cup of thawed, frozen peas or fresh peas.
  • Blend it for a few seconds until smooth.

4. The salt method

This is another great trick and all you need is salt!

  • Cut around the top of the stem of your unripened avocado to create a small opening.
  • Pour sea salt into the opening and re-add the cut out piece like a lid.
  • Your avocado will be ready to eat by the next day.

Extra hacks for ripening and storing your avocados

There are many common errors people make when dealing with an avocado and since they’re so delicious, the last thing you want is to waste one!

  • Never put an avocado in the microwave to ripen it. It will turn it brown and mushy extremely quickly and can leave a rather putrid smell.
  • Don’t put an under-ripe avocado in the refrigerator as this will cause the flesh to develop a rubbery texture.
  • If you’re not in a hurry to ripen an avocado then keep it in your fruit bowl to allow it to ripen nicely over a few days.
  • Try to avoid placing the avocado for long periods in direct sunlight.
  • If an avocado is ripe but you still want to wait to use it, then store it in the refrigerator to keep it from going bad.
  • If you have half an open avocado to store, wipe some lemon juice over it to stop it from turning brown too quickly. Alternatively store opened avocados in a sealed container together with half an onion—this will also slow down the browning process.

Featured photo credit: oxyzay via shutterstock.com

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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