Make any avocado go from inedible to perfectly ripe in 10 minutes

Waiting for an avocado to ripen is an excruciating limbo for the dramatic and/or impatient among us.

But it doesn't have to be. You could pop the inedibly hard fruit in a paper bag and wait days for it to soften up, or you can add it to your lunch today using this wondrous workaround that ripens any avocado in as little as 10 minutes.

All you need is an oven, some tin foil, a baking sheet and an unripe avocado.

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Good Eats: 25+ avocado recipes
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Good Eats: 25+ avocado recipes

Avocado Pissaladière by Food & Wine

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Blue Cheese, Smashed Avocado and Roasted Tomato Grilled Cheese by Half Baked Harvest | Tieghan Gerard

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Brown Rice with Salmon, Avocado, and Toasted Nori by Martha Stewart

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Cheesy Cajun Fries with Grilled Corn Guacamole, Bacon and Fried Eggs by Half Baked Harvest | Tieghan Gerard

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Breakfast Chocolate Avocado Mousse with Chopped Almonds by The Culture-ist | Anthony and Maria Russo

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Avocado Egg Rolls by Best Bites

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Skinny Taco Salad with Avocado Cilantro Dressing by A Happy Food Dance | Jessica Potts

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Red Quinoa and Avocado Rolls by Eating Whole | Elisa Rachel

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Avocado Toasts with Oaxacan Sesame Sauce by Food & Wine

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Ahi Poke Avocado Boats by Best Bites

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California Chicken, Veggie and Avocado Rice Bowls by Half Baked Harvest | Tieghan Gerard

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Avocado Berry Smoothie by PDXfoodlove | Rebekah Hubbard

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Grilled Scallops with Honeydew-Avocado Salsa by Food & Wine

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Grilled Cheese with Spinach, Avocado and Feta by ragamuffinrecipes | Maura Boylan

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Avocado and Shrimp Salad with Red Goddess Dressing by Food & Wine        

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Chilled Avocado Soup with Cashew-Cilantro Spread by Easy Home Meals | Aida Mollenkamp

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Spicy Avocado and Pea Tea Sandwiches by Food & Wine

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Copper River Salmon Salad With Creamy Avocado Dressing by Chez Us | Denise Woodward and Lenny Ferreira

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Stuffed Grilled Avocado Salad by Eating Whole | Elisa Rachel

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Guacamole by 66 Square Feet (The Food) | Marie Viljoen

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Avocado Pesto Sauce by Best Bites

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Mashed Avocado and Chickpea Salad by The Skinny Fork | Amanda Plott

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Carrot-Avocado Sauce by Food & Wine

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Avocado and Onion Salad by Food & Wine

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Baked Avocado Fries by Best Bites

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Set the oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Cover the avocado in tin foil, put it on a baking sheet and stick it in the oven.

Wait 10 minutes. Make toast. Take a micronap. Call your mom. Just be sure to check on the little monster's progress at the appointed time. Harder fruits may take a bit longer, but whenever yours is pleasingly soft, allow it to cool in the fridge before diving in.

Now you know. Go forth and spread that superfood atop every snack. All guacamole everything, all the time.

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How to Keep an Avocado from Browning
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How to Keep an Avocado from Browning

Avocados are too good -- and too expensive -- to let fall to the wayside. Here are three of the best methods to keep avocados green, longer.

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The Onion Method

Roughly chop a quarter of a red onion into large chunks. Line the bottom of a sealable container with the onion pieces, then place the avocado half cut side-up on top. Seal the container and keep in the fridge. According to The Kitchn, this is likely due to the vapors that onions emit. Luckily, because the skin is the only part of the avocado in contact with the onion, the flesh won't take on any flavor. And you can save the onions for later use!

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The Olive Oil Method

Brush the avocado half with olive oil (pick one without a strong flavor). The oil will keep the flesh from coming in direct contact with the air, preventing oxidization. After brushing with the oil, store the avocado in an airtight container in the fridge.

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The Lemon Juice Method

You can also brush your avocado's flesh with lemon juice -- the citric acid in the lemon juice dramatically slows the browning process. Again, store in an airtight container for extra protection.

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