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Stephen Mack
I want to make guacamole tomorrow. But the avocados I bought are like a rock. Is there anything I can do to make them ripen faster?
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Like is it better to put them in the fridge, or outside, or wrapped in a paper towel, or sacrifice a goat? - Stephen Mack
(Posted in the form of an avocado man saying hi because generally speaking I have the maturity of a 12 year old.) - Stephen Mack
Anecdotally, I've put some in a plastic bag with a couple of apples, and that seemed to make the process go a little faster. (Non-refrigerated.) - Jennifer Dittrich
Hahaha! Avocado Man! :D - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Bananas in a brown paper bag - Johnny from iPhone
You can make almost any fruit ripen faster by exposing it to apples or bananas, which give off ethylene gas. Definitely leave them out of the fridge. Don't put them in the fridge until you're trying to slow down ripening. - Spidra Webster
Many thanks, all! For a perverse second I felt like being scientific about it and trying each suggested method separately for each avocado (along with a control avocado not being futzed with at all) to then establish which method was best, but the problem with that is there's no objective way for me to easily measure the firmness of each avocado, so I quickly realized I'd need a lot more data points to draw proper conclusions. - Stephen Mack
...down to the store to get more avocados, by the sound of it - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
No matter what you decide, I think you should sacrifice a goat. You know what they say: Trust in God, but tie your camel. - Morgan Fugel
I thought the saying was: Trust your camel, but tie down your God. - Kristin
I'm sacrificing some chicken and baby back ribs; that'll have to approximate. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I think babies are considered even larger sacrifices than goats, so that should be fine. I think the sacrificial value is about ten chickens to a goat and two goats to a (male) baby. - Morgan Fugel
I have sliced avocados in half & put them in a paper bag for a while to ripen them for guacamole. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
If you do your avocado experiment, these people would love to have some evidence: http://cooking.stackexchange.com/questio.... But I suspect the goat is key. - Jenica
The word "avocado" comes from the Spanish aguacate which in turn comes from the Nahuatl word āhuacatl [aː'wakat͡ɬ] (testicle, a reference to the shape of the fruit). - Greg GuitarBuster
Greg, that is good to know. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Jenica, awesome link. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Thanks all! Much riper this morning. I went with bananas in a plastic bag. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
good to know plastic worked -- I always heard close up in a paper bag to ripen avocadoes, but almost never have paper bags - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
How did it turn out? - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
Tam, turned out very well! I was happy. - Stephen Mack
My working theory is that a plastic bag should work better for short term ripening (like 1 day) since there is no airflow, but a bad idea for longer than overnight because of moisture/mold issues; so for non-urgent ripening, brown paper bags are best. The link Jenica put in earlier had an interesting discussion about why brown paper vs. white paper: No bleach. - Stephen Mack
I place them in a paper bag, roll it up, and stick it in a corner. That seems to ripen them up nicely after a day (or two if they were really green and hard). - Steve
No ...only the goat sacrifice works.. ! - Peter Dawson