4 Hacks For Avocado Lovers
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Haas avocados, the small- to medium-sized avocados with the pebbly, green-black skin, are creamy, silky, and perfect in everything. They're also the most widely available variety and are easy to find year-round. (If your market only has one type, it's Hass.)
Florida avocados are bigger (about the size of a softball), greener, and are usually available from January through June. Their flesh is more watery and less creamy than Hass, though, so save them for salads or sandwiches instead of guac. With either type, don't worry about buying organic, since you aren't eating the thick peel. (See which part of the avocado you never thought about eating, but should.)
If an avocado is just a day or two away from perfect, but you need it now, baking it in the oven for a few minutes will make it creamier and more delicious. Slice and toss with lemon juice and salt, place in a baking dish, and bake at 300° for 10 minutes, or until slightly softened. Use for guac, in salads or sandwiches, or whatever you like (then whip up these 5 desserts you can make with avocado).
Refrigerating leftover avocado in an airtight container with half a sliced onion will keep the fruit relatively green and flavorful for up to a day. You can also rub the cut side of an avocado with lemon or lime juice, or apple cider vinegar and store it in an airtight container for up to a day. The avocado won't be quite as green, but it'll still taste good. Do NOT store the fruit cut-side down in a bowl of water. You'll get a brown color and mushy texture. (Use your avocado in this slimming chocolate avocado shake.)
Cut calories and increase healthy fat by swapping mashed avocado for butter 1:1 in your recipes for cookies, brownies, quick breads, and other baked goods. You'll save a whopping 1,260 calories for each cup butter you sub and give your goodies a pretty green hue.
Avocados that are too ripe to eat are still loaded with the healthy fats and vitamin E, all which help moisturize hair and keep it shiny.
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