Soooo… you see those different hues of green avocados at the grocery store and I know you have eaten guacamole at some point in your life but how do you buy them for your homemade guac or to use in your everyday meals…?
I have finally establish a system for having my avocados ready for me when I am ready to use them. I buy enough for my family for the week (for us that is usually 4-5/wk) and every week I buy the really hard, light green avocados.
Now I buy organic but this is always up to your preference and budget. They do have a thick outer covering which you do not eat so this is one of those times that organic is not absolutely necessary but please do compare the price of the non-organic vs organic avocados sometimes they ARE THE SAME PRICE! Crazy! I know… but we can’t always assume that the organic is more costly.
Ok back to selection process … the lighter green ones are the least ripe and I buy these because I leave them on the counter in a basket until they start to ripen. You can see them getting darker in color and when you press they give way to light pressure (if you wait too long and you end up putting your finger right through it because it is really ripe, then cut it open and enjoy right away). Once they are at that perfect state, put them in the refrigerator and they will slow down their ripen process until you can enjoy them.
So if you are buying them for the 1st time, buy 2 really ripe ones to enjoy right away and 2 for the counter and then the next grocery trip you can buy all hard non-ripe and start your own rotation process. (BTW, I do this with bananas too so they are always ready and never too green. Yuck, I don’t like the really green bananas).
Ok now when you are ready to use your perfect avocado, just use a knife to cut all the way along the skin deep enough until you hit the seed and then twist in 2 different directions to open up. If you are going to use the entire avocado, discard the seed, but if not, leave it in there to help keep the rest of the avocado from turning brown while you are storing.
I like to use a spoon to scoop out the avocado and then slice it or mash it depending on our you are using. My daughter, Lil, loves me to mash it up, add a little salt and she will eat it right out of the bowl with some baked corn chips. I wish I could say she eats it with veggies but that is another story!
I like to use avocado as a spread to replace anywhere you would use mayo. You can use it as a sandwich spread, cut up and add to your salad, obviously you can top your tacos, top your chili’s or soups! I just love avocado so I can’t think of anyway not to use it.
If you need some recipes or inspiration check out: http://www.californiaavocado.com/mediterranean-diet-recipes/
Check out this link for a video of cutting an avocado: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QwuG2v-WxI
OHHHH – I almost forgot – store it in the refrigerator and put plastic wrap pressed against any unused portion of your avocado and/or put a little lime juice over it to keep it from turning brown. YUCK :)