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Guacamole is only as good as the avocados you make it with, and a lot of the goodness of the fruit depends on its ripeness. If you live in an area where they are grown you probably don’t have to worry about getting them “at the right time”. (I love this for you, though I’m jealous.) But if you live anywhere they need to be imported (that is, most of the country) and plan to make guacamole for “The Big Game,” suggests Reddit user Iceman838 you go buy it now-and I agree.

Illustration for article titled Buy Avocados Today for Game Day Guac

On the one hand, I can count the number of times I’ve rolled into an Oregon grocery store and grabbed a perfectly ripe avocado. The PNW is generally very good at producing, but alligator pears aren’t something that sets the region apart. This means that almost every avocado I’ve bought while living here will take at least a day on the counter (or in a paper bag) to peak, but it usually takes three or more.

Monday – or maybe Tuesday – seems a little early to buy produce for a dish you’d like to serve on Sunday, but it is much easier to stop an avocado from ripening than it is to speed it up. next to the Paper bag trick– which still takes at least a day – I wasn’t impressed by any of the mature “hacks”. Put an avocado in the ovenFor example, this results in a warm, slimy avocado that is coarse and bad.

If your guac-bound avocados ripen too quickly –Pop off a stick To check, you can stop ripening by placing it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to mash it. This may seem like an overkill, but I’d rather be mistaken for the over-prepared than the under-prepared, especially when it comes to guac.

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