8 Awesome Avocado Hacks
Oh, avocados. Are they not the most perfect, creamy, delicious treat? Still, it can be tough to know the ins and outs of this gorgeous green fruit. Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up a few of the best tips and tricks for everything avocado.
1. Picking Perfection
Ripe avocados yield to gentle pressure. A ripe avocado needs to be eaten within a day, but you can stick it in the fridge to slow the ripening, if you aren’t ready to eat it just yet.
2. How to Ripen an Avocado
Is your avocado rock hard and you can’t wait a week for it to ripen? Try placing your avocado in a closed paper bag with a banana or apple. The ethylene from the apple or banana will help to ripen the avocado.
Place the paper bag on the window sill for 24 hours and check the avocado for ripeness.
3. How to Pit an Avocado
Pitting and peeling an avocado can seem like a Mensa exam, if you’ve never done it before. But fear not! It’s a cinch. You’ll need a sharp knife and a ripe avocado.
Make a cut vertically all the way around the pit, cutting through the skin and flesh, but not the pit. Then twist the two sides apart.
Now use a quick tap with the blade of your knife to the pit - you want the knife to stick in the pit. Now gently twist the knife - the pit should come away with the knife. (Set the pit aside for a moment!)
4. How to Cut an Avocado
Now that the pit is out of the way, you’re ready to cut the smooth, creamy flesh. Using a small paring knife, make vertical and horizontal slices through the flesh, but not the skin. Push the underside of the skin up, so that the skin turns inside out and the cubes of avocado pop out.
5. How to Eat an Avocado for Breakfast
A decadent, yet healthy breakfast food, avocados can be mashed on toast, sure, but if you need a little protein in the morning (and who doesn’t?) try this hack instead: using a spoon, scoop out a little of the flesh, and then break an egg into the space.
Sprinkle with salt, pepper and a little grated cheese, and bake in a 425 degree oven for 15-20 minutes, until the egg whites are set. Delish!
6. How to Kick Your Morning Smoothie up a Notch
Avocados can turn a basic morning smoothie into a silky indulgence. My favorite recipe includes half a frozen banana, a spoonful of almond butter, 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder, 1 cup of almond milk, a handful of baby spinach, and a quarter of an avocado. Super healthy, but sooo delicious - it’s like a chocolate shake for breakfast!
7. How to Grow an Avocado Tree
Did you know you can grow an avocado plant by sprouting the pit? It’s simple and so cool. Grab that pit you set aside and take a peek. Determine which is the bottom by looking for a flat spot. The bottom will need to stay submerged in water, and will eventually sprout, at which point, you can transfer the sprouted pit to a pot.
Using toothpicks, skewer the pit. The toothpicks should enter the pit at a slight downward angle. The pit is firm, but the toothpicks will push in with a little gentle force. You want the toothpick to go in enough to hold, but not too far, maybe a quarter of an inch at most.
Set the skewered pit on top of a small bowl of water. Since you inserted the toothpicks at a slight downward angle, the pit should rest slightly below the rim of the bowl. In 4-6 weeks, you’ll see a small taproot emerge from the bottom. It’s important at this point that you never allow the taproot to dry out. After the taproot emerges, a sprout will pop out of the top of the pit. Once the sprout is six inches tall, pot it and watch it grow!
8. How to Make the Best Ever Guac
How could I do a post on avocados and not give a guacamole recipe? I defer to the master: There are a thousand recipes, but honestly, this one from Alton Brown is too delicious to make anything else.