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Avocado 101

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Kitchen Talk (Avocado 101)

Ah, the irresistible avocado. If the avocado’s sole purpose in life was to bring guacamole into this world, that would be enough for me. But no. At some point in time, someone discovered that avocados taste great in sushi rolls, too. And ice cream. On toast. In smoothies. Baked goods. Sandwiches. Salads.

I think it just may be the most magical of fruits.

But despite the popularity of the avocado, some folks are still a bit mystified by this amazing fruit. So today’s Kitchen Talk topic is:

What are some of your favorite tips for avocados?

They can be tips on buying or choosing avocados, or how to ripen them more quickly, or how to keep them from browning … anything you have to share about avocados!

I grew up with an avocado tree in our backyard and I learned early on that avocados never ripen on the tree; they only start to ripen once they are picked. So I don’t mind buying hard avocados at the store because I know that means they were freshly picked. I just keep them in a brown bag in a cool, dark place and let them ripen for a few days. Once they are ripe, I store them in the refrigerator.

My brother-in-law makes a killer guac and he always sinks the pits into the guacamole when storing it. He says the pits along with the lime juice in the guacamole help prevent the avocado from browning before the guests arrive.

Now we want to hear from you! Come share your tips or even recipe ideas below. Or maybe you just want to profess your undying love for avocados. That’s okay, too.

 

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Patricia @ ButterYum on 5.8.2014

I just wanted to report that I tried Lori H’s water trick to keep my guacamole from turning brown and it worked perfectly. I stored my guac for 2 days in the fridge and it had absolutely no discoloration of any kind. Excellent tip – glad she shared it.

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elizabethcooks on 5.4.2014

I always add to my egg salad, so creamy and yummy.

Sue on 5.3.2014

Sliced avocado on artisan toasted bread, with a touch of salt, pepper & olive oil. The perfect breakfast or snack!

Jack A. on 5.2.2014

I would like to talk about vegan recipes!

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Beverly Schabram on 5.2.2014

I would like to know how to make the perfect prime rib roast. With prices in the $40-$70 range,I hate to tackle one and ruin it. Thanks.