Did you know that we Americans will consume more than eight million pounds of guacamole on Super Bowl Sunday? Wow---That is a lot guac!
Many of you use store-bought guacamole but there is no need--guacamole is one of the easiest recipes to master and tweak to your own taste. All guacamole recipes begin with ripe avocados and therefore requires some planning. Get my CREAMY PARTY GUACAMOLE RECIPE...
If you are making the guacamole that day, you will need to purchase ripe avocados which are that dark purple-black color, are somewhat firm but the skin yields to gentle pressure. Avoid over soft or blemished fruit.
Store not quite ripe avocados in a brown paper bag for 2-5 days before you use them to insure they are ripe. Refrigerate already ripe avocados- this will prolong their life by a day or two.
There are two hacks you can use to ripen avocado at home:
BROWN BAG METHOD
Since avocados release a natural ethylene gas, storing them in a paper bag will promote the ripening process. Adding whole apples or kiwi to the bag will actually speed up the process. The more apples or kiwi you add to the bag, the faster the avocado will ripen. Check the avocado daily and move to the refrigerator if they begin to ripen too quickly.
The first two avocados are hard and bright green. To ripen, simply put them into a clean brown paper bag along with a whole apple or kiwi. Seal the bag and store for 24 hours in a warm, dry spot. You should find the avocados perfectly ripened when you open the bag. To cut the avocados, use a sharp knife and cut lengthwise to the pit on both sides. Twist the two halves away from each other and they will separate. Use your tap the pit with your knife and it will come out easily.
Here is another hack you can use to quickly soften a hard avocado. (Note: The flavor and the consistency of a softened avocado will not be the same as a ripe avocado.) To quickly soften a hard avocado, wrap it tightly in foil (trapping the ethylene gas) and place in a 200° Fahrenheit oven for 30 minutes. Check the avocado like you would a baked potato; prick the surface with a knife or fork to check it and return it to the oven if it hasn’t softened sufficiently. Depending on the size of the avocado, this may take up to 45 minutes. Allow it to cool completely before cutting.