Kitchen Tips Tuesday: How to Ripen an Avocado

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Finding a perfectly ripe avocado in the supermarket can be difficult. Some are hard as rocks, and others have already turned to guacamole.

To speed the ripening of an avocado that is too firm, put it in a paper bag with a banana, and seal the bag. The ethylene, a natural gas released by the ripening banana, speeds the ripening of other fruits around it. Be warned, storing bananas with other already ripened fruits could cause them to spoil more quickly than normal.

photo: Glasshouse Images

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