How to pick the best avocados for guacamole?
When picking the best avocados, consider when you’ll be making guacamole. This can determine whether you choose a ripe, softer avocado ready for guacamole or one that’s firmer and needs a few days to ripen. To find a ripe and ready avocado, look for one with a deeper purple color, then gently push the stem to see if it’s green underneath.
If the stem doesn’t budge, the avocado isn’t ripe and may need a few days to soften. If the stem comes off and it’s brown underneath, it’s overripe. You can also hold the avocado in your hand and use firm, yet gentle pressure to feel for ones that are slightly soft, but not mushy.
To speed up the process of ripening a hard avocado, put it in a brown paper bag with a ripe banana and fold the opening. Leave it on your kitchen counter at room temperature for a day or two to allow it to soften. For a ripe, soft avocado that you want to keep fresh for a couple days, put it in your fridge’s produce crisper drawer to help preserve it.