Cooking hacks of the day

Posted: January 4, 2018 in General

You can quickly ripen bananas by baking them.

bkebananas

This works best if you’re planning on using the bananas for cooking (so, for instance, if you’re overcome with a sudden hankering for banana bread). Put the fruit on a lined baking sheet, then load it in a 300 degree oven. The bananas will ripen quickly, and they’ll start to turn black—ideal for banana bread—around the 40-minute mark.

The oven trick also works on avocados.

avacodos

Take a hard, unripe avocado, cover it in foil, and put it into a 200 degree oven. You’ll need to leave the avocado in the oven for about an hour. The avocado will taste a bit different (not worse, but different), so you’re better off using it as a last resort when you’ve got some urgent guacamole to make.

Another way to quickly ripen an avocado is to put it in a drink cozy overnight. The cozy traps in the ethylene gas that ripens the avocado, speeding up the process.

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