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09 February 2007 @ 08:54 am
waiting for avocados...  
Ways to speed up the ripening of an avocado (as seen on the internet):

--wrap it in newspaper in the dark
--place it a paper bag in the dark
--put it in a bag with an apple or banana (because they emit ethylene gas)
--bury the avocado completely in a jar of flour for a day (this one sounds almost like alchemy)
--place a paper-bagged avocado in the oven with just the oven light on (this one borders on superstitious)
--microwave the avocado for 30-120 seconds) (this sounds like a very bad idea)

I'm surprised that several of the ways insist on darkness. Shouldn't sunlight be involved? Anyone know of any other methods?

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Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: green grassassmonkeydiary on February 9th, 2007 04:23 pm (UTC)
You with your fruit pr0n!!!!
doNUT!donutgirl on February 9th, 2007 03:18 pm (UTC)
I've always had luck with the paper bag approach. But you have to be careful -- leave it too long and it will get gross. That goes double for peaches.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: amy crehore 1assmonkeydiary on February 9th, 2007 03:20 pm (UTC)
Does it have to be tightly wrapped in the paper bag or is loose ok too?
theballadofyoko on February 9th, 2007 03:45 pm (UTC)
Just closed in a paper bag overnight works fine for me-- doesn't need to be tightly closed.

Noelle introduced me to the idea of keeping the pits in the guac to keep it green. I don't know why this works, but it does the trick.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: library: curious georgeassmonkeydiary on February 9th, 2007 03:50 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I love the pit trick. I even leave the pits floating in guacamole.
doNUT!donutgirl on February 9th, 2007 03:52 pm (UTC)
No no, loose is fine. Just place the avacado(s) in a paper lunch bag and fold over the top. Leave it on the counter top.
Diary of an Ass Monkeyassmonkeydiary on February 9th, 2007 04:29 pm (UTC)
Rock, it seems to be working already!
slapjack21 on February 9th, 2007 03:28 pm (UTC)
The ways that have worked best for me in the past involved suffocating the avocado - putting it in a bag, burying it in flour, etc. The avocado emits its own gas - the banana/apple trick accelerates the process. (Apples actually emit more than bananas, and don't go mushy as fast. Plus, banana scent is cloying and who wants guacamole eau-de-banana?)
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: joslin zoomassmonkeydiary on February 9th, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC)
Wow, you've done the flour method! I might have to try that. You know... for science!
slapjack21 on February 9th, 2007 03:52 pm (UTC)
Or, you know, an avocado ripeness race. Get half a dozen and have them seeded all over your house like weird knobbly Easter eggs. Give 'em six hours and whoever is the ripest gets devoured... Actually, that's not much of a prize.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: comics: pirate monkeyassmonkeydiary on February 9th, 2007 03:53 pm (UTC)
Give 'em six hours and whoever is the ripest gets devoured... Actually, that's not much of a prize.

It is for me!
xterminal on February 9th, 2007 04:55 pm (UTC)
place a paper-bagged avocado in the oven with just the oven light on (this one borders on superstitious)

In an electric oven, it will obviously have no effect.

In a gas oven-- with a pilot light and, possibly, a minor leak that keeps the temperature higher than that in the rest of the kitchen-- it makes perfect sense. When I need to heat the kitchen quickly, I open the oven door, because it's usually 100-120 in our oven, even when it's off.

I've never thought much about avocado ripeness, though. They don't stay around long enough. If it's not ripe, I'll beat it into submission, for when the guacamole beast must be satisfied, the ripeness of the avocados is a minor, minor detail.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: blue poolsideassmonkeydiary on February 9th, 2007 07:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah, if I have to mash it, I will, but I like big thick slices of it in my bean tacos.

Lorilightning_rose on February 9th, 2007 11:38 pm (UTC)

And salads. For a real taste treat try a toasted onion or garlic bagel with plain cream cheese and avocado.

BTW, I just dropped in after seeing one of your posts in Pallas A's journal.

Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: green tikiassmonkeydiary on February 10th, 2007 04:12 pm (UTC)
Sounds good. Welcome.
davezeeke on February 9th, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC)
AVOCADOS?!?!?

what are you, on dope?!?!?!
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: smokingassmonkeydiary on February 9th, 2007 07:52 pm (UTC)
You know it!
micah: brothers quaylaerm on February 9th, 2007 11:02 pm (UTC)
bury the avocado completely in a jar of flour for a day (this one sounds almost like alchemy)

ooh, little avocado homunculus!
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: Glen Barr assmonkeydiary on February 10th, 2007 04:21 pm (UTC)
Heh... I'm picturing it like the mandrake root in Pan's Labyrinth, only with avocado skin.
(Anonymous) on February 10th, 2007 01:29 am (UTC)
Just looking @ that picture should ripen anyone!
vassalthornvassalthorn on February 10th, 2007 02:16 am (UTC)
Why does it matter whether you have a light on when you stick it in the bag or wrap it in the newspaper?
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: angel and the apeassmonkeydiary on February 10th, 2007 04:20 pm (UTC)
Well you see, the thermally equilibrated photons.... er... I got nothing.
(Anonymous) on February 14th, 2007 12:10 pm (UTC)
Beautifull photo
Hi, I like the photo and your blog..

Luciano

http://www.lucianobove.blogspot.com
Zalzalriva1 on February 17th, 2007 02:55 pm (UTC)
We have 3 trees here, the apple in the bag works best, dark dry place...