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I would love to eat more avocados. I buy 2 a week, and they always end up ripening at the same time, so I'll have one for breakfast on toast, and one in a salad or in tacos. I'm afraid that if I bought more avo's, then they'd still all ripen at the same time and I'd end up with more than I could eat in a day.<br><br>
The question: how do I pace the ripening of avocados? I currently put them in a bowl on the window sill. Can I put some of them in the fridge? Will they ever ripen there, or do I put them in the fridge for a few days, and then have them ripen the rest of the way at room temp?<br><br>
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I'm wondering the same thing...I may be super picky, but I swear mine go bad so quickly.<br>
I did read in Super Baby Food, though, that once ripened they will keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, I think.
 

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I wish I could help. I always feel like my avos go bad before I can get to them, even when I put them in the fridge. I've just stopped buying them because I had to throw so many away. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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I make sure to buy them at different firmnesses. Get some REALLY hard and they'll take up to a week to ripen.<br><br>
You CAN freeze them, in the skin, but it changes the texture a bit and is mostly good for sauces then, not slicing.
 

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I always put mine in the fridge when they are ripe. I'm pretty sure Alton Brown (Good Eats) said that cold stops the ripening process in avocados. So while I do put mine in the fridge when they're ripe, I don't put them in before that point.<br><br>
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Yeah, as soon as they're ripe, put them in the fridge and they'll usually keep in there for several days to a week, IME.
 

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Or you could just send them to me. I'll eat your extras. It's a tough job, but I will do it for the greater good. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Yup, once they are ripe, they will stay good (and not get riper) in the fridge. If you need to ripen them more quickly, put them in a brown paper bag with a ripe banana (if you have one).
 

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Thank you all. I had thought that avo's should not be refridgerated, just like bananas and tomatoes.<br><br>
I buy my unripe avos at the same time as I buy my unripe bananas. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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I must live on another planet or something, because even when I refridgerate my ripe avos they go bad in the fridge. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry">
 

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I buy my avocados based on firmness and when I want to use them. If I want them tonight, they need to be soft but not mushy. If I want them 2 days from now, they should be firm, just starting to soften. If I want them for the weekend (say I'm shopping on Monday), they should be fairly firm, but not rock hard.<br><br>
How quickly they ripen will depend on how you're storing them. If you store several of them in a bag, they will ripen quickly and unevenly. If you store them in a warm environment, they will ripen quickly. If you store them near bananas, apples or onions, they will ripen quickly. Storing them in a basket (so they have air circulation), in a temperate area, away from those other influences, they will last longer. But don't expect them to last more than a week unrefrigerated. I don't like to refrigerate them because they usually wind up brown inside when I do. You can freeze them, but it's usually better to freeze them mashed than whole. Mix in some acid (lemon/lime juice, vinegar) before freezing, and they will keep several months in the freezer.
 

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If I put avo's in the fridge when they are already soft (ready to eat) they will often go brown and yucky. But I frequently put them in at the almost-ripe state and they're good for a few more days. I gobble them up fast, so I don't know if they last for more than a week!<br><br>
FWIW, bananas too can go in the fridge (peel on) when getting ripe, and they will stay tasty for several days. (If you freeze them for baking and smoothies, peel them first, or they're a pain)
 
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