How to Avocado 101

Full credit for all the information and advice goes to this post; all I did was take the information and rearrange it into question and answer form.

How should I store Avocados? How long do they last?


First, keep avocados in a dry area.

How long they last depends on where and how you store them

If storing in the pantry:

  • Avocados will become fully ripe in about four to seven days at normal room temperature

If storing in the refrigerator:

  • Do not refrigerate avocados until they are fully ripe = allowing to ripen at room temperature will result in more flavorful avocados
  • To extend the shelf life of fully ripe avocados, place them in a plastic bag and refrigerate. For best results, bring the avocados back to room temperature before using.

If storing in the freezer:

  • You can freeze avocados. First, peel and puree them. Second, add .5 tablespoon of lemon juice for every avocado used to prevent browning. Third, place in a covered airtight container or a heavy-duty freezer bag.
  • Properly stored, they will maintain best quality for 3-6 months, but will remain safe and edible beyond that time

How do I make Avocados ripen faster?

Put them in a brown paper bag, close it and leave it on the counter. To ripen them even faster, add an apple to the bag.

How do I tell if Avocados have gone bad?

The best way is to smell them. If they have an off odor, flavor or appearance, that is also a good reason to discard them.

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