Avocados are the nation's favourite superfood. Whether it's avocado on toast, avocado smoothies, or avocado salads, we simply cannot stop eating - or most importantly, instagramming - them.
Yet, there is far more to the avocado than being a simple brunch addition. From becoming your new make-up remover, to being your new favourite emoji, there are many fun and unsual uses you can put your avocado to. Here is a definitive list of avocado tips and tricks, as featured in ELLE, to help you up your avocado game. Click the links to find out the best things you can do with this healthy food of choice.
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Now you've read about the many exciting uses of the avocado, here are some useful tips to help you ripen, store and cut it. Avocado for dinner anyone?
How To Ripen Your Avocado In 10 Minutes
There's nothing worse than going to prepare your favourite avo and chilli on toast, and discovering that your avocado isn't yet ripe. But fear not! There is a quick and easy way to ripen your avocado, which won't leave you wailing into a bowl of cereal. Simply grab your avocado, wrap it in foil, and bake in the oven for 10 minutes at 200F, or until soft. Breakfast sorted.
How To Store Your Avocado - Without It Going Brown
It's the ultimate kitchen dilemma - you only want to eat half an avocado, but you don't know how to stop the other half from going brown. Try these tips to keep your avocado fresh and tasty (results may vary):
Tip 1) Squeeze some lemon juice onto the avocado
Tip 2) Leave the pit in the avocado and wrap in plastic foil
Tip 3) Put the avocado into an airtight container, along with some cut up onion
Tip 4) Place the avocado in a water bath
How To Tell If Your Avocado Is Ripe
We've all been there. Staring cluelessly at the hundreds of avocados in the supermarket, not knowing which we should take home for dinner. There are, however, a couple of fool-proof ways to tell if your avocado is ripe:
Tip 1) Check the colour. A ripe avocado will be a dark brown. Greener ones are not yet ripe
Tip 2) Gently squeeze the avocado. If it yields to gentle, firm pressure, it's ready to eat. If it is still firm, it's not yet ripe. Watch out for overly mushy avocados - if they feel too squishy, they've become over ripe!
How To Cut An Avocado
For avocado first-timers, this can often be a baffling mystery. Place the avocado in the palm of your hand, and using a sharp knife, slice all the way around. Twist and pull apart. To remove the stone, take your knife and stab the blade into the middle of the stone. Twist and pull out (making sure to watch your fingers!)