PS This wasn’t my first grocery store mishap. One time, I came home with sixteen bananas… they go bad so quickly, so my dad and I (my sister and mom were both out of town) ate bananas for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
I’m a huge fan of avocado. On sandwiches, as guacamole, and especially on toast. Picking avocados can be tricky. Sometimes it’s hard to know what you’re going to find inside.
My family was hosting my high school crew coach and his wife at our house for dinner years ago. We had the usual family favorites on the menu– you know, the things we know will be a hit and the things we’ve made a million times. Except we wanted to make guacamole. We love guacamole, but we had only had it at restaurants and hadn’t made it at home. Big. Mistake.
We picked the worst avocados. (Read: I picked the worst avocados.)
I assumed you’re supposed to pick the green ones. They were as hard as a rock and the guacamole was a disaster. We hid the “guacamole” and put out one of my mom’s famous corn salsa (whipped up last minute) out in its place. Over dinner, we confessed the failed dish and my coach’s wife shared the best tip for picking avocados.
It’s the easiest trick ever and it hasn’t failed me yet. When you’re shopping for avocados, give them a little squeeze. Press your forehead with your pointer finger. If it feels like that, it’s not ripe yet. Press the soft part of your cheek. If it feels like that, it’s too ripe/mushy. Press the tip of your nose. If it feels like that, it’s perfect.
I’m sure I look like an idiot sometimes pressing my cheek and nose in the grocery store, but it works like a charm! Firm, but a little give… just like your nose!
I put this to the test on Monday when we whipped up some (good) guacamole. Perfect avocados every time with this little trick. Bring on the avocado toast and guacamole.
Anyone else love avocado? Do you have any easy, but important, grocery store tips?