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Monday, December 14, 2009

Avocado facts and storing

The best thing about avocado, that it is full of "good" fats. It's full of vitamins and minerals. Avocado is an excellent source of vitamin E which helps wound healing a good complexion and strong immune system.they also have the highest protein content of any fruit. It has a smooth and creamy texture, which is perfect for all kinds of dips and mashes.
How to ripen and store avocados:
Avocados ripens off the tree
Allow hard avocados ripen two to three days at room temperature. A ripe avocado is soft to the touch.
Store avocado in a paper bag. Put an apple or banana in the bag to ripen them more quickly. I heard that if you want speed up process, put avocado with flour in the paper bag. It can ripen over the night:o)
Store ripe avocados in the refrigerator up to one week.
To remove the seed from an avocado, cut in half lengthwise , and separate avocado in two halves. When avocado is ripe it's very easy. Lightly knock your knife into the pit, so that it sticks to it. Turn the knife right or left and lift it up to remove the pit.
Scoop the flesh out.
Ripe fruit can be stored in the refrigerator uncut for two to three days. To store cut fruit, sprinkle it with lemon or lime juice or white vinegar and place in an air-tight container in your refrigerator. If refrigerated guacamole turns brown during storage, discard the top layer.
Pureed avocados freeze very well and can be used in salads, sandwiches and dips.
•Wash, seed and peel the fruit as described above.
•Puree the flesh, adding one tablespoon of lemon juice for each two pureed avocados. Pack the puree into an air-tight container, leaving 1 inch of headspace.
•Seal and label the containers.
•Freeze and use within four to five months.

* Source: California Avocado Commission

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