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On buying, storing, and using avocados

I have more than just a few words to go with this week’s Tuesday photo, because, avocados. 😉

I seriously love avocados.

how to buy avocados

A reader emailed recently to ask about how to buy, ripen, and store avocados, so here are a few tips.

I choose avocados are rock hard and then I let them ripen at home. Buying ripened avocados never seems to work out well for me because they always seem to be bruised or they’re unevenly ripened.

I also look for avocados with their stem nubs still attached.   I’m not entirely sure that this makes a difference, but I read that it does, and I figure that it certainly can’t hurt!

I store my avocados on my dining room table in a bowl. They ripen just fine in the open air there, and I generally leave them until their skin has turn a darker green color and they give just a bit when gently squeezed.

If the stars have aligned properly, they ripen exactly when I need them to.   If they ripen before I plan to use them, though, I just refrigerate them.

Refrigerating doesn’t noticeably change the texture or flavor of a ripened avocado, and it slows the ripening process to a crawl.   So, as long as I use them within a few days of refrigeration, I’m good to go.

If I need to hurry up and use avocados, I throw them into smoothies, slice them up and eat them as a side with fried eggs, or chop and freeze them for future smoothie use.


Have you got avocado advice to add to mine?   Share in the comments!


P.S. If you have an Aldi, I highly recommend buying avocados there. Not only are Aldi avocados inexpensive, I’ve also had the best luck with them ripening properly.   When I buy them from other stores, I have way more trouble with them going straight from unripe to overripe.

Then again, I’m kind of a big fan of Aldi produce.

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Saturday 19th of March 2016

My son gave me an avocado knife. I think its made by oxo. It makes it so EASY to cut avocados for any reason.

Susan T.

Tuesday 15th of March 2016

I keep trying, but every time I cut open an avocado it is sprinkled with black spots throughout. I've read that this is the result of too-cold storage in transit. Such a bummer!


Tuesday 15th of March 2016

I grew up eating avocados in Peru, I love them. There is an Aldi 20 miles from our house which I visit once a month, especially when avocados are on sale for $.49 cts, like last week. My little girl loves them as well, she has been eating them since she was a baby. We have them the way I did it growing up: over white rice or bread/toast, yummy!


Tuesday 15th of March 2016

I too generally have better luck with Aldi avocados. I have been keeping them in the refrigerator and then putting them out to ripen, which sounds like the opposite of what I should be doing. And it not working particularly well. Thanks for the great tips.

Jen Y

Tuesday 15th of March 2016

I buy my avocados at Aldi & at Walmart. Sometimes they are way over ripe at my Aldi. When I get home I put them all in the crisper drawer in my fridge except the ripest one. I set the ripest one on my counter. Usually by the next morning I can eat it, sometimes it takes a day or two, depending on how hard it was when I bought it.

I eat half for breakfast. When I slice them, I leave the seed intact in the half I'm not eating. I pour lemon juice over that half then wrap in plastic wrap, making sure the wrap clings to all the cut part of the avocado. I keep it wrapped & stored in an air tight container in the fridge.

The other half either goes on a salad with supper or with eggs for breakfast the next day. Pouring lemon juice over it & wrapping seems to be the best method I've found for keeping it from turning brown.

When I eat the second half, I pull another out of the drawer to begin ripening on the counter.

Love them!


Friday 25th of March 2016

If you cut them with a ceramic knife, they won't turn brown....

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