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The Microwave Hack That'll Ripen Your Avocados In No Time Flat
If you want to ripen your avocados fast, you can use the microwave to do it in less than 3 minutes. Start by cutting your avocado in half and throwing away the pit.
Wrap the halves in microwave-safe plastic wrap and nuke them for 30-second intervals, checking in between to see if they have achieved the desired level of softness.
If the flesh is almost soft, you can switch to performing 15 second intervals until the avocado is done. Finally, unwrap the halves, peel the skin, and it's ready for use.
This process traps ethylene, a gas that ripens fruit, closer to the avocado to speed up softening. However, it can take away some of the flavor and create an uneven texture.