National Avocado Day is this Sunday, 31st July! We have some creative recipe ideas to share, to celebrate and take advantage of the abundant supply available right now, like the Avocado-Walnut Tea Cake recipe below. Plus, if you have ever wondered about the best way to store your avocados, we’re here to help with our top tips for keeping your avocados in perfect eating condition.
Top Avocado Storage Tips
• There are two primary varieties of avocadoes available in Australia. Hass are rough-skinned fruit that are blackish-purple in colour when ripe. Shepherds are smooth-skinned fruit that are a deep green colour when ripe.
• Store ripe avocadoes in the fridge until you are ready to eat them, then bring them to room temperature for the best flavour. The vegetable drawer is the perfect place for extending shelf life, especially if your fridge has VitaLED lighting, like those found in the vegetable drawer of many types of Mitsubishi Electric refrigerator
• Store underripe avocadoes in the fridge until a day or two before you are ready to eat them, then bring them to room temperature for the best flavour. The vegetable drawer is the perfect place.
• Most avocadoes will ripen on the kitchen bench within 36 hours. This process can be hastened by storing the avocadoes with bananas, preferably in a paper bag. These avocadoes can ripen in just 18 hours.
• To store partially used avocadoes, refrigerate with the seed in, placed in a container that is not completely closed or that has a vent hole.
• To prevent avocados from browning, any of the following can be used: a drizzle of lemon juice, a small coating of oil, or a sprinkle of vitamin C powder.
• To remove the flesh of a half avocado, avoid peeling, and instead scoop out with a large kitchen spoon.
• Excess avocado can be frozen in ice trays for portioned use later. Beat with a small amount of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt first, preventing the avocado from becoming chalky or wet when defrosted.
• To slice avocadoes perfectly, use a lightly oiled knife, which will not stick to the fruit.
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