Thought I’d share a (quick?) avocado pro tip, easy “hack” for storing them and having them last longer. When avocados turn ripe, they can go bad quickly if not consumed right away. So, here is what I do:
1) Leave any hard avocados out to ripen.
2) As soon as an avocado feels slightly soft to press on the outside, store it away in the drawer of the fridge.
3) Pull out any soft avocado from the fridge on the day I want to use it.
Pretty simple! I think soft avocados in the fridge will last like a week or two. If you leave them out, it may ripen too much and turn icky. But once you put them in the fridge, the ripening process will slow down.
I don’t recommend putting hard avocados in the fridge. Then, the avocados will stay hard. They may ripen, but may come out weird (like parts of it edible and parts of it hard).
And if you go to the store to buy an avocado to use the same day, find one that is soft to the touch, but not to the point that it bruises. I got for ones that generally keep their shape when giving it a gentle squeeze.
Here’s also a very quick and easy guacamole recipe I use. It’s super basic, nothing fancy. In the recipe card, I specify a roma tomato and a small shallot since that’s what I used to use, but you could use any tomato or onion, really. And, adjust the amount, of course. This is typically how I make it for when we also make quesadilla:
Ingredients: avocado, tomato, shallot or onion, lime, salt, pepper
1) Cut an avocado open and pit the seed using a knife. (Sorry, no video or visual of this, but there’s plenty of YouTube videos if you search for it!)
2) Scoop out the insides of the avocado into the bowl.
3) Mash avocado in the bowl using the back of a fork until smooth.
4) Dice up the tomato and the shallot/onion (can use any amount that you prefer, though I try not to put too much, so that there’s a nice ratio)
5) Add diced tomato and shallow/onion into the bowl, and combine (like fold it in, but don’t squash or mash it)
6) Squeeze 1/2 a lime in the bowl
7) Add a pinch of salt and pepper and mix in
8) Taste test, and add more lime or salt/pepper according to your taste
Hopefully, this helps anyone who enjoys eating avocados or guacamole. I’m not the best cook and I learned this early on, so if I can do this, I’m sure you can too!
You could also experiment with new flavors for the guacamole. I haven’t tried yet, but I remember someone telling me about adding habanero and mango.