Avocado 101: Pick, Ripen & Store

Avocado 101

I love eating avocados, but they can be tricky to pick out when you buy them. Oh and you have to store them correctly so they last longer, or you can have super ripe avocados that are any good anymore. That’s money down the drain, right?? Well I am going to share some great tips to help you pick, ripen and store your avocados so you can enjoy longer. I have found that it depends on where you buy your avocados as well. We have a little local grocery store here in town that it is hard to buy avocados that are not super ripe there. I am sure that they have to shipped from far away and by the time I get to the store to buy them you have to eat them that day or toss them. I like to buy mine at Costco. They come in a big bunch and are rock hard when you buy them. This gives you plenty of time to store them and eat them without them being ruined.

Checking your avocados for ripeness:

Place the avocado in the balm of your hand. Gently squeeze the avocado without squeezing to hard, because you don’t want to bruise it.

If the avocado yields  a firm gently pressure it is ripe and ready to eat right away. If it is hard and is not give a slight pressure to it, it will ripen in a couple of days. If it mushy and super soft it’s too ripe and not good to eat.

How to ripen your avocados:

To ripen your rock hard very green avocados place them in a brown paper sack for a couple of days. Or I like to just stick them in a window that has lots of sunlight coming through it. If I do that my avocados are ripe enough to eat withing 2-3 days.

Storing avocados:

To store whole, not cut avocados to keep them fresher longer, stick them in the refrigerator.

To store halved avocados sprinkle them with lemon or lime juice and place them in a tightly sealed zip lock and stick in the fridge.

To store avocados made into guacamole, place it in a tightly sealed container with the avocado seeds in it. The lemon juice and salts plus the seeds will keep it fresh. Also it will help it from turning brown on you.


Check out our great Guacamole recipe to use your ripe and yummy avocados. Hope these tips are helpful so you can enjoy your avocados longer. I would love to hear any more tips and hints to picking, ripening and storing avocados. Please share your comments in the comment area below. Enjoy!





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  • James Arevalo

    Great tips, Have a Great Thanksgiving!


  • Thanks for the tips! We love avocados, it’s always so hard for us to keep them fresh here in the summer when it’s 110 degrees outside. They usually last longer in the fridge, but I’ll have to try with lemon juice. 🙂

  • happyvikings

    Awesome info! I will have to remember to keep the seeds next time I make guacamole. Something else I have done is freeze avocados. I cut them in half, remove the seeds, pack them in a ziploc and freeze. I usually use them to make guacamole or smoothies.

  • Candy Kage

    Great tips. I hate throwing out food.

  • Jennifer Kelly

    This is so awesome to know! I am regularly throwing out half cut avocados! I can’t wait to try this!

  • Avacados are one of my favorites! I’ve used the lime juice trick before and it works really well. I try to store mine with the pit too…

    • CBAsay

      I love avocados as well. The lime and storing the pit are some of my favorite tips. Hope you can visit Thinking Outside The Pot often.

  • These are great tips!! I never know when an avocado is ready!!

    • CBAsay

      I am glad they are helpful to you Lindsay. Hope you can return to Thinking Outside The Pot often. Have a wonderful day!

  • I am little bit ashamed to say – but I never ate avocados! :O

    • CBAsay

      You have got to try them. You wont be disappointed. Hope my tips help you when you do try your first one 🙂 Thanks for visiting Thinking Outside The Pot. Hope you can visit often. Have a wonderful day!