IQ-tips: Food Geeks

David K. Israel

The other week my wife came home with a bag of avocados, all of them rock-hard. "You couldn't have at least gotten a bag with ONE ripe one in there?" I railed.

She shrugged and said something like, "You do the shopping next time then."

Fine, she had me there, but I still wanted to make guacamole in time for a party we were throwing in a couple days without having to go out and buy another batch. So I did some poking around online and found some great ripening tips over at, a website with a title we here at the _floss embrace wholehearts-of-palm-edly.

To ripen fruits such as avocados, bananas and tomatoes, enclose them in a brown paper bag with an apple for 2-3 days. Apples give off nitrogen gas that speeds up the ripening process.

And you know what? It worked! For some other really cool tips, like how to peel garlic with ease, or how to make ice cubes in a pinch, check outFoodGeeks household tips page.