How To Ripen Avocados Fast — 3 Tested Methods

Guacamole lovers everywhere agree — avocados are a fickle fruit. They're either as hard as a rock or completely overripe and useless. Even pressing on them in the store before buying them is no guarantee that what you "feel" about an avocado is actually true. So, how can you tell if an avocado is ripe, and what’s the fastest way to transform an unripened avocado into firm, buttery goodness? Here are three tested methods:

Here’s how to ripen an avocado in the oven: 
Heat oven to 200 °F.
  • Wrap the avocado in aluminum foil.
  • Place the avocado in a shallow dish and put it in the oven for 10-minute intervals. 
Does it work?
While this process does eventually produce a ripe (or at least soft) avocado, it’s definitely not a 10-minute process like the rumor promises. In fact, for a rock-hard avocado, it took more than an hour to soften much at all. Not only that, the avocado didn’t have that buttery taste and texture that we love. Plus, warm avocado is just… no.

Here’s how to ripen an avocado in the microwave: 
  • Prick the skin of the avocado with a fork to vent the heat. 
  • Place the avocado in the microwave and heat on a low setting for 30 seconds.
  • Remove the avocado from the microwave and test firmness with your finger. 
  • Continue microwaving in 30-second intervals until the avocado is reasonably soft. 
Does it work?
Skip this method to ripen an avocado. Admittedly, it does make the avocado softer, but the flavor was gross and the smell was even worse. The poor avocado actually looked burned.

Here’s how to ripen avocados in a paper bag with fruit: 
  • Place avocado in a brown paper bag with a couple other fruits. 
  • Seal the brown bag, making sure there are no gaps or holes.
  • Leave it untouched, checking on the avocado once daily for ripeness. 
Does it work?
This method absolutely works, but it’s not going to be much help if you have a room full of hungry people waiting for guacamole. If you want a beautifully ripe avocado in half the time it would take to ripen at room temperature, this is the way to go. Just don’t think it’s going to happen right now.

The best way to CHOOSE a ripe avocado……. 
Stop looking at the outside color! Turn the avocado to the thinner end and carefully remove the short stem. If the color is green where the stem was, the avocado will be ripe and green inside. If the color is brown where the stem was, the avocado will be too ripe on the inside. If the stem is not easily removed, the avocado isn’t ripe yet. If all else fails, BUY some guacamole.