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How to Ripen an Avocado Fast: Do NOT Use the Microwave

Updated on December 27, 2015

I have always loved avocados, and pregnancy has only amplified my love for this delicious fruit. Driving home from work tonight, all I could think about was a mashed up avocado with a dash of salt, served with some Xochitl tortilla chips. Ahhh, it was going to be delicious.

The problem arose when I realized I had no ripe avocados at home. I secretly believe Google can solve almost any problem, so I did a search for "ripen an avocado fast". Most of the results instructed me to microwave the avocado. I was impatient and hungry, so this seemed like a good idea.

Unfortunately, it wasn't. I followed the directions perfectly: prick the avocado with a fork, microwave it for 30 second intervals at 50% power, and serve. I took what I thought would be a delicious bite of avocado, and almost vomited.

What does an avocado taste like after it's been microwaved? A potato. Not just any potato, though- a bland potato with a terrible aftertaste. Blah. Determined not to waste my avocado, I liberally applied salt and lime juice. It was still disgusting.

So what is the fast way to ripen an avocado? Well, I'm probably not sharing any information you don't already know, but I'll go ahead and tell you anyway:

  1. Place the avocado in a brown paper bag (a Ziploc bag also works, but I prefer the paper bag).
  2. Add a banana peel or apple to the bag (skip this step if you prefer, although it will take longer for your avocado to become ripe).
  3. Check your avocado every 12 hours. A ripe avocado will feel firm, but not rock hard.

Pretty easy, right?  Yeah, sure...if you're a person who understands that patience is the greatest virtue.  Trust me though, it's worth the 12 hour wait.  Excuse me while I go gargle the taste of microwave ripened avocado out of my mouth.


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      Esther 4 years ago

      I refrigerate them in groups when I buy them and just set one out on a sunny windowsill in the morning. The avocado is always ripe the next day and I swap it out for an unripe one and enjoy.

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      rutley 6 years ago from South Jersey

      Great hub. See what you think of my avocado smoothie recipe. Thanks for the tips.

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      Tricia Mason 7 years ago from The English Midlands

      Now can you please give me a tip to help me remember this tip?

      My memory simply isn't what it was ~ and I've thrown another avocado away!!! :(

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      kirstenblog 7 years ago from London UK

      Ugh! Microwaved Avocado! Bleh!

      I love avocado too! Yummy with a dash of cheese and garlic mayo. I often just have avocado sandwiches, mmm getting hungry now! LOL

      I think I would just eat a little hard, not quite ripe. Have done so actually :D

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      Tom T 7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I love Avocado's Thanks for the tip. I hate waiting 4-5 days for those rock hard babies to ripen....

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      Katherine Olga Tsoukalas 7 years ago from New Hampshire

      The title of your hub made me chuckle! I knew about the brown paper bag but I didn't know that it helped to put a banana peel in the bag. Thanks for the tips!

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      2patricias 7 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Wow! that is useful, as it is the sort of thing either of us would try. We've both had a number of experiments that exploded in the microwave, but we never seem to learn.

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      This is good to know. However most of the time, the avocados here are already ripened by the time they reach the store. The problem is how to keep them from ripening too fast. Thanks for sharing these tips though! :)

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      Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      What a cool and simple way to still enjoy that avocado! Brilliant tip, Sunnyglitter! They seem to have a mind of their own, those darn avocados! Good hub!

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      Tricia Mason 7 years ago from The English Midlands

      Thanks for that. :)

      I love avocados but often throw them away because at first they are unripe and then they go bad.

      This tip will help me a lot.

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      World-Traveler 7 years ago from USA

      I really enjoy avocados. I like to prepare my avocados in the following way. First of course, peel the skin away from the avocado. Next, slice it into sections after removing the seed. Then places the slices into a small bowl. Mix in a few diced lettuce leaves, ad spices to taste, mix in a little olive oil and vinegrette, ad a dash of parmesan cheese and then enjoy.

      It is also possible to use this mix to insert in-between two slices of quality wheat bread, add a slice of tomato and mozarella cheese and enjoy. A half glass of Burgundy wine could accompany the sandwich. Now that on a beach as the sun is sinking behind the horizon and a good friend sounds like the end to a perfect day!

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      zzron 7 years ago from Houston, TX.

      Great hub, I will tell my wife about this. Thanks.

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      Sabrae 7 years ago from Georgia

      Tho I can't stand avacado's at all this is a very informative and funny hub :) You are doing an awesome job! Keep it up!

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      magnoliazz 7 years ago from Wisconsin

      WOW, thank you so much! I love tips like this! You are one smart lady!

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      Susannah Birch 7 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia

      Great hub! I love my avocados - I'd never considered microwaving them because I hate cooked avocado. I hold the record for most avocados bought in one transaction at my local fruit shop (12). The owner knows me well enough that he'll keep a couple of ripe hass out the back for me when they're nearly out of season. I had to be pregnant and craving hass when they were out of season, didn't I? =)

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      Sunnyglitter 7 years ago from Cyberspace

      I feel your pain, Lena. There's nothing worse than waiting for an avocado to ripen! With other fruits, I'm sad because they get ripe too quickly (bananas, for example). Avocados always seem to take FOREVER!

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      Lena Kovadlo 7 years ago from Staten Island, NY

      The brown paper bag idea is not new to me, but I didn't know I also had to put a banana peel or apple to the bag to make avocado ripen even faster. Thanks for the tip.

      Sometimes I have a real bad craving for avocado, like I just have to have it right now, and I am disappointed when I am the store and all the avocados are hard as a rock. Too bad avocados can't ripen right when we want them to.