3 Simple Steps to Perfectly-Ripe Avocados Every Day of the Week

I see this post on Instagram every so often and it always makes me laugh:

Because it has totally happened to me. Like 8 million times.

Which is probably why I make this blended avocado salsa so often; it’s a great way to use slightly over-the-hill avocados. (It’s also delicious!)

But mushy avocados won’t work when you want to serve them sliced up all pretty in salads, or lined up neatly next to other goodies in tacos. For those recipes, you need a “perfectly-ripe” avocado. One that is soft and flavorful but will still hold its shape when you cut it.

Is it possible to have a perfectly-ripe avocado ready to go every day? Let’s think this through.

  • You could go to the grocery store every morning and select your perfect avocado. (But then we probably can’t be friends because sometimes it’s noon before I realize I haven’t even brushed my teeth yet.)
  • You could carefully select an assortment of avocados with varying firmness, and then use them as they gradually become ripe during the week. (I think my dad does this, but don’t tell him I told you.)

Or you could follow these THREE SIMPLE STEPS:

  1. Buy several hard avocados from the grocery store. (I usually buy a bag of four from Trader Joe’s. They’re always hard as rocks.)
  2. When you get home, set the avocados on the counter until they reach your desired ripeness. (With hard avocados, it takes about 2-3 days to get to “firm ripe,” which is what I prefer for slicing.)
  3. Once your avocados are as ripe as you want them, put them all in the refrigerator. The refrigeration will almost completely stop the ripening from that point, so the avocados will stay “perfectly ripe” in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

And then, anytime you want a perfectly-ripe avocado, there will be one waiting for you! Just pop it out of the fridge, slice it up and serve!

P.S. If you only want to use 1/2 avocado at a time, store the remaining half in a joie avocado keeper. (That’s a link to Amazon, but I think Whole Foods sells them, too.)

My sister-in-law gave me a joie avocado keeper for Christmas last year and it’s been a dream! After years of trying to keep avocados from blackening with saran wrap and lime juice, I was thrilled to find that half an avocado refrigerated in the joie will, 24 hours later, still be almost as green as it was when you first cut it!

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7 Responses to 3 Simple Steps to Perfectly-Ripe Avocados Every Day of the Week

  1. Mary McMahon May 22, 2016 at 10:26 am #

    Hi Marie!
    Thank you for sharing your recipes and great tips…..and for the RWC cooking class this year. I have your cookbook and my first cooking class with you was at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd many years ago! My husband Dan and I live at 6 Pleasant Cove in Rollingwood and I have been acquainted with your mother for many years and my friend Mary Holden is a huge fan of yours and has been to your cooking classes at Patricia’s Table. I hope to attend a class there sometime. Marie, would you be interested in conducting a private class in my home kitchen….for lunch or early evening…. I haven’t decided the specifics…but thought I would start with you! I think our kitchen would accommodate around 10-12 guests. If you think this is a possibility, you and your children could drop by to see it in person and they could meet and play with our two schnauzers if they like puppy dogs.


    • Marie Saba
      Marie Saba May 22, 2016 at 12:11 pm #

      Hi Mary! Thanks so much for the comment! A cooking class at your home sounds like fun! Let me email you so we can discuss specifics. And yes, we would love to stop by and see your dogs! My children love meeting new animals, so this would be a real treat. Looking forward to it! Very best, Marie

  2. Morgan September 29, 2016 at 8:37 am #

    Hi Marie, I have avocado in my diet pretty much every day like clockwork, this post was awesome. Thanks for sharing!

    • Marie Saba
      Marie Saba September 29, 2016 at 10:08 am #

      Sure Morgan! So glad you found it helpful :) Thanks for the note, too!

  3. Morgan October 9, 2016 at 11:46 am #

    Thank you for the tip on how to stop avocado ripening!


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