How to Properly Store Avocados
Avocados have become an incredibly popular staple in many recipes lately because they are versatile, healthy, and delicious. However, avocados must ripen in order to be truly enjoyable. If they are not yet ripe, they will have a tough texture that is not pleasant to eat. When avocados become overripe, then they will be brown and extremely mushy, making them unappealing and even possibly unsafe to eat.
The best way to determine the ripeness of an avocado is to gently squeeze it. If it gives in slightly to the pressure, then it is probably ready to eat. If you are not going to use an avocado for a few days after buying it, then it is best to buy one that is more firm when squeezed. If an avocado feels very soft when squeezed, then it is likely overripe.
By following these tips, avocado enthusiasts can ensure that they are able to use avocados at just the right level of ripeness:
- Store avocados that are not yet ripe at room temperature, not in the refrigerator.
- For very firm avocados, the ripening process can be sped up by placing them in a brown paper bag. To speed it up even more, put an apple in the bag.
- Avocados that are ripe but will not be used right away can be stored in the refrigerator in a plastic bag to slow the ripening process. The avocado should still be used within the next few days, though.
- To store an avocado that has already been cut open, sprinkle lemon juice on it to prevent browning, then wrap tightly in plastic wrap before putting it in the refrigerator.
Following these tips, you can easily store avocados in the spacious kitchen pantry or modern refrigerator found in all of our apartments in Mount Dora, FL. To learn more about Veranda Apartment Homes, or to schedule a tour, contact us today.