How To Quickly Ripen Avocados

Buying an avocado is almost like gambling. You see it at the store, buy it thinking you will want to eat it in a few days, then find it rotting in your kitchen a week later. If only there was a way to ripen your avocado so you could eat it whenever you actually wanted to…

Put it in a paper bag.

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The first method to ripen an avocado is putting it in a paper bag with a ripe banana. The ethylene in the banana will trigger ripening in the avocado, and the paper bag will trap the hormone to speed up the process. However, this method can still take up to three days to completely ripen your avocado.