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weejeannie Jun 28, 2013 11:19 AM

Last week I bought an avocado, so I thought it was about time to use it even though it felt a bit hard. When I cut into it it was as hard as a rock, so then I began to look for some recipes for using an unripe avocado, but all the recipes I found called for ripe avocados. Does anyone know what to do with a hard avocado once it is half peeled?

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    weejeannie Jun 29, 2013 11:30 AM

    This is not a reply to weejeannie, but a BIG THANK YOU to all of you who responded to my dilemma. I will try the brown paper bag & banana trick & let you know if it works. Thanks again everyone. Jean

    1. EM23 Jun 28, 2013 12:15 PM

      I cut open an unripe avocado recently and found that this advice worked.


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        BeeZee Jun 28, 2013 02:06 PM

        good timing. I just got back from the supermarket...had 2 nicely ripened ones in my cart...and in my haste at checkout somehow squished them against the metal bars and cut them. They kindly fetched me 2 replacements, which weren't really ripe (props to the teen worker who did manage to find 2 with mostly black skin)...so I've got them in a brown bag with a ripe banana, hoping for the best since I need to use them tomorrow.

        1. re: BeeZee
          sparky403 Jun 29, 2013 11:11 AM

          On a past episode of dinner impossiable they grilled the underripe avacados to soften - I've haven done it myself but Robert Irvine seemed very happy with the results.

          as Beezee mentions - you can put the avocado's in a paper bag with a banana or two, I also throw an apple in the bag as well - in a day or day and half they are usually good to go.

          1. re: BeeZee
            fldhkybnva Jun 29, 2013 08:08 PM

            The store had literally no ripe avocados today, so I'm attempting this method to ripen them up for tomorrow though I'm not sure the bananas are fully ripe either so might not work as quickly as I hope.

            1. re: fldhkybnva
              foodieX2 Jun 30, 2013 06:14 AM

              My guacamole obsessed friend swears by the "burying the avocado in flour" trick. I have never tried it but she say she has ripe avocados in 24 hours.

        2. dave_c Jun 28, 2013 11:57 AM

          Rick Bayless has a recipe for blended avocado "salsa" that was shown on one of his Mexico: One Plate at a Time shows.

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            foodieX2 Jun 28, 2013 11:53 AM

            throw it away?

            Seriously though you could grate it and add it a smoothie.

            Dip it in egg and panko and make avacado fries.

            Throw it in a blender and then mix it in with your basic veggie burger recipe.

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            1. re: foodieX2
              tcamp Jun 28, 2013 02:00 PM

              I had a rockacado recently and did the fries. They were really good.

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