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I Tried The 10-Minute Avocado-Ripening Hack Everyone's Been Talking About

Because we all know there's nothing worse than a rock-hard avo.

This week, the internet's been going wild over a well-reported food hack that's said to ripen avocados in 10 minutes.


Seriously, it's been everywhere.

The method is pretty simple. Apparently, all you need to do is tightly wrap your avocado in foil and bake for 10 minutes in a 93°C or 200°F oven.

I decided to give it a whirl. Because honestly, there's nothing more frustrating than getting stuck with a hard avo when you're really craving one.

Naturally, the first step in my experiment was to go buy two rock-hard avos: one for baking and the other for comparison.

All images taken by Gyan Yankovich

Today, you could get two equally hard avocados for $4 AUD, which is a bloody good deal. The other day I literally paid $5 AUD for ONE at my local grocer. Though I'm not sure whether this indicates how good avos are or how bad I am at managing my money.

After preheating the oven, I wrapped my test avo tightly in foil and popped it inside.

I set the timer for 10 minutes. The excitement was palpable.

When the timer sounded, I removed my precious experiment from the oven and found it was still cool enough to hold.

I gently unwrapped it, finding that it still looked like a regular old unripe avo. I'm not sure what I was expecting tbh.

My main concern going into this experiment was that the avocado would end up hot, which would be extremely gross.

It was a little gooier than usual, but it was relatively cool, which was good.

Now, you're just going to have to trust me on this one, but the baked avo really was softer than the regular one, especially around the edges.

Gyan Yankovich

I will admit, it still wasn't like cutting into a perfectly ripe avocado, but this hack made it edible at the very least.

So, there you go! This 10-minute trick is actually kind of great for anyone who doesn't mind their avocados a little warm around the edges.