How To Pick An Avocado

Is it annoying to buy an avocado only to find out it’s brown inside or it’s too hard when you cut it? If you answered yes, you’ll love this post. There is a way to look inside an avocado before you cut it.  Follow the steps below and you’ll always choose the right ones and pass on the bad ones.  It’s all in the stem.

  1. Pick an avocado that has a stem which sticks out.
  2. Try pushing it off with one finger.  If the stem came off easily, look inside the hole. If the avocado is good and ready, the hole will be bright yellowish-green.  Any brown areas where the stem came off, means there will be brown spots inside the avocado when you cut into it. It’s that simple.
  3. If you had to push too hard to remove the stem, the avocado isn’t ripe yet.

How To Pick Berries

DSC_0453 (1)It is very irritating to buy a clamshell of berries only to find that they are mushy or moldy?  Well, there’s an easy way to pick flavorful berries that will last for a few days. It’s a simple trick and it doesn’t require you to open up the clamshell and inspect every single berry at the risk of spilling them all over the produce section floor. Follow these steps:

  1. Pick a clamshell with the most colorful berries you can find. This step is easy because they allow you to see what the berries on top look like.
  2. Flip the clamshell upside down and look closely.
  3. All the berries should fall down a bit and not stick to that piece of plastic at the bottom of the clamshell.  Therefore you should be able to see all the way through the clamshell.
  4. If you turn the clamshell upside down and the berries stick to the piece of plastic, it means that they are old and mushy.  If that’s the case, pick another clamshell, turn it upside down and repeat the process.