Have you ever been to the supermarket or other grocery store, and see an avocado, but were not sure what to do with it or how to even tell if it was ripe? If you have, take comfort in knowing that there are a lot of people just like you who do not know what to do. Here are some tips to help you pick your own avocado for guacamole and other dishes. Avocado has become a very popular addition to sandwiches and other dishes, and its more flavorful to make your own fresh, then to rely on someone else’s frozen.
The first things you want to do when picking out an avocado is determine when you plan to use it. Avocados are not like other fruit or vegetables as they have a thick outer shell and a pulp inside that becomes soft when ripe. If you plan to prepare and eat your avocados today, you will want to find an avocado that is soft but not mushy. If it has any mushy spots you are going to want to put them back down and try another. Mushy spots usually demonstrate a rotting spot that can sometimes be cut away, but the bad parts can spread through the green meat of the avocado in tiny river like veins that can also spoil the rest of the avocado. A good avocado will almost feel like a strong hardy orange inside a slimy thin film under the avocados skin.
If you do not want to prepare your avocado tonight, but want to use it in the near future look for an avocado that is just starting to become soft. If it has a tiny bit of give in the crust that is the one you want to use.
If you have a few days between the time you buy your avocado and the time you use your avocado, you will want to buy a firm one. Keep it in the fridge until it becomes soft, or take it out and leave it on the counter overnight the day before you plan to use it.
Be careful when judging your avocado as you can squeeze to hard. If you do, you could damage the avocado and cause it to go bad much faster then it would have before. This will be bad for you if you pick the avocado and bad for the seller, and the unfortunate person who will buy the avocado.