How to Keep Avocados From Ripening Fast

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Things You'll Need

  • Paper bag

  • Ripe banana


Cut an avocado lengthwise around the seed. Slide the seed out with a spoon.


Always wash an avocado before you cut or peel it.

When the avocado ripens, the skin will become soft and depress when you touch it.

Avocados generally ripen within two to three days after you purchase them, but you can slow down the ripening process if you do not plan to use them soon. If you need to use the avocado sooner, you can speed up the ripening process so that the avocado feels soft and has a darker green appearance.

Step 1

Select avocados that are light green and firm. Store the avocados in the refrigerator in the produce drawer.

Step 2

Keep the avocados in the refrigerator for three to five days. The refrigerator helps to slow down the ripening.

Step 3

Remove the avocados from the refrigerator two days before you plan to prepare them. Place them in a warm location so that they will ripen fully. If you need the avocados to ripen faster, store them in a brown paper bag with a ripe banana.


Angela LaFollette

Angela LaFollette

Angela LaFollette was born in raised in West Virginia, but she currently resides with her husband and children in Minnesota. She is food freelance writer and blogger as well as a full-time stay at home mother. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marshall University. Angela's work has appeared on many online publications like Yahoo!, eHow, and Leaf Group.