You've been storing your avocados all wrong – the right way will keep them fresh for a MONTH
MILLENIALS, take note – a mom has shared a genius hack for keeping avocados fresh for up to a month and it is incredibly simple.
Amy Lynn Cross, 45, was sick of buying “rock hard” avocados and was itching to find a way to make them last at perfect ripeness.
Rather than going to the shop every few days to get her fix, the mom-of-two – who eats at least two avocados per week – went through a process of trial-and-error to discover a hack that now lets her fruit ripen properly and last up to a month in the fridge.
And all you need to do the two-part hack is an avocado, a knife, a jar, and a lemon.
For the first part, Amy Lynn cuts half the avocado she plans to use, then stores the second half in a wide mouth mason jar with a lid, keeping the skin and the seed in too – which she claims gives her avocados another week of ripeness.
She also has a “super-secret elixir” for washing the avocados – using water and distilled white vinegar to rinse the fruits before storing them.
Amy advises using one-fourth cup of vinegar and 10 cups of water in a large bowl and letting them sit in the bath for two minutes.
She then rinses them again and places them on a towel until dry before storing them in the fridge.
The second part involves the lemon.
When the blogger researched online, she found that lemons can help keep the fruit fresh, and vice versa.
By simply placing a few lemons near her ripening fruit, she discovered that it lasted much longer – with some of her avocados remaining green and fresh for up to 30 days.
"Lemons and avocados are fridge buddies, as I like to say, and help keep each other fresher," Amy Lynn told Jam Press.
"For years I would just go buy one rock hard avocado and one that I thought was ready and just store it in my produce bowl on the counter.
"We were going to the store every couple of days and just picking up more all of the time.
"A couple of years ago I really decided we needed to get control of our budget – and through trial-and-error, came up with the jar and lemon hack.
“[Now], my avocados last a month.”
As for how to select the perfect avocado? Amy has a simple tip.
She said: “Pinch your thumb and pointer finger together and that just soft little give is what it should feel like.”
Amy shared the simple tip with her 69,000 followers on Instagram – who she says have been “blown away” by it.
One person commented: "What sorcery is this?!"
"I need to check this out! I’m lucky if mine like about 3 seconds after I cut them before turning gross," another user said.
Someone else added: "Wow!"
She added: “The whole goal in everything I teach [on my blog] is to help produce last, so you only need to go to the store every three weeks.
"Compiling all of these little things I do every day into the blog, Instagram and YouTube channel is helping change the lives of many families to save money and eat more whole foods.
"For us, it has lifted the weight off our shoulders of going from spending well over $1,000 a month on food and never feeling like there was something to cook in the house, to now knowing that our produce won't get wasted and I have meals to make for weeks on a much smaller budget."
Despite her love for the fruit, Amy isn't a massive fan of the millennial trend of spreading it on toast.
She added: “I will have it occasionally but I don’t eat toast too often – I’d rather have it with eggs for breakfast.
“I eat avocados plain with a little salt, in a smoothie, or topped on anything.”
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