When it comes to picking an avocado, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind. Avocados are a bit tricky to pick because they can bruise easily. But with a little know-how, you can select the perfect avocado every time.
Here are a few tips on how to pick an avocado:
1. Look for an avocado that’s firm, but not too hard. You should be able to gently press into the avocado without leaving a dent. If the avocado is too hard, it’s not ripe yet. If it’s too soft, it may be overripe.
2. Check for blemishes. You’ll want to avoid avocados with brown spots or bruises.
3. Hold the avocado in your hand and give it a gentle squeeze. Again, you’re looking for a avocado that’s firm, but not too hard.
4. Take a sniff. Ripe avocados will have a slightly sweet smell. If you don’t detect any scent, the avocado is probably not ripe yet.
5. Give it a gentle twist. Ripe avocados should come off the stem easily. If the avocado is still attached to the stem, it’s not quite ready to eat.
Now that you know how to pick an avocado, here are a few tips on how to store them:
1. Avocados should be stored in a cool, dark place.
2. If you need to ripen an avocado quickly, place it in a paper bag with a banana or apple. The ethylene gas emitted by these fruits will speed up the ripening process.
3. Once an avocado is ripe, you can store it in the fridge to help prevent it from going bad.
4. Avocados can be frozen for up to six months. To freeze, remove the pit and skin, and mash the avocado flesh. Store in a freezer-safe container.