I order a lot of my food online and all too often the fruit that arrives is hard and several days off being edible. It's great if I don't need to eat them straight away but if you want to eat your fruits quicker try one of these hacks:

These hacks work for Bananas, Kiwis, Avocados, Mango, peach and nectarines. 

Warmth or sunlight

The obvious way to ripen fruit more quickly is to place it in sunlight or a warm part of the house. This does help but can still take some time.

Paper Bag

The key to ripening fruit at home is trapping ethylene, a gas given off by fruit that aids ripening. All you need is a paper bag and the fruit you want to ripen. Simply place the fruit in the paper bag and wait a few days. Enclosing your fruit in a paper bag traps the ethylene, speeding up the ripening process.

This tricks works great for avocados, bananas, pears, peaches and tomatoes. Bananas and apples give off more ethylene than other fruits, so if you stick one of these in the bag with the other fruit you want to ripen, it should speed up the ripening process even more.

banana ripen

Bury in Rice

You can also use rice to speed up ripening instead of a paper bag. Uncooked rice is great at trapping ethylene. All you have to do is submerge your fruit in the rice and make sure it’s fully covered. This trick works well for fruits with a harder skin, rather than softer fruits. 

Tips courtesy of  spoonuniversity.com

March 28, 2017 — Suzanne Moore

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