04/25/2016 10:26 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

How To Ripen An Avocado In 10 Minutes

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Tale as old as time: You're craving guac, but when you get to Trader Joe's, there's a pile of totally unripe avocados taunting you. Don't settle for the store-bought stuff--here's a foolproof trick to making avocados soft and creamy in minutes.

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What you need: A baking sheet, tinfoil and that hard-as-a-rock avocado

What you do: Wrap the whole fruit in tinfoil and set it on the baking sheet. Pop it in the oven at 200°F for ten minutes, or until the avocado is soft (depending on how hard it is, it could take up to an hour to soften). Remove it from the oven, then put your soft, ripe avocado into the fridge until it cools.

Why this works: Avocados produce ethylene gas, which is typically released slowly, causing the fruit to ripen. But as the avocado bakes in tinfoil, the gas surrounds it, putting the ripening process into hyperdrive. Guac and avocado toast for all!


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