Grocery Shopping 101: Avocados

I’m compelled to write this post after hearing a woman across the aisle in the grocery store complain that she couldn’t make her guacamole because the avocados in the store were not ripe.

Tips for Shopping for Avocados

If you plan on making guacamole for a party, or serving avocado slices in a burger spread, plan ahead and BUY GREEN, UNRIPE AVOCADOS 2-4 DAYS AHEAD OF TIME!

That way, by the day your party comes around, your avocados will be perfectly ripe (and your bum will be covered).

You can’t bank on your grocery store having ripe avocados in stock. More often than not, the avocados will be unripe and green. And if they are ripe, there’s a good chance they’ll be snatched up by someone else or thrown away by the store associates. Sad, huh?

And if you eat avocados on a daily basis, I recommend buying them in a variety of shades, if possible.

Tips for Shopping for AvocadosHere for example, I found a pack of green, unripe avocados (bottom) and a pack of brown, ripe ones (top). Perfect for enjoying both early and late in the week!

To test for ripeness, give the avocado a soft squeeze and it should yield to moderate pressure (but not too much).

Or, you can flick the small round stem off the top of the avocado (see above). If it comes off easily, the avocado is ripe! If the stem doesn’t come off, the avocado is not ripe.

Lastly, here are some of my favorite avocado recipes!

Southern California Guacamole
Spice Rubbed NY Strip Steak with Avocado Salsa (one of my FAVORITE recipes!)
Guacamole Omelet
Broiled Beef and Veggie Skewers with Avocado Dipping Sauce
Grilled Garlicky Chicken Breast with Avocado Bruschetta
Cilantro Lemon Chicken with Avocado Salsa
Avocado Banana Spinach Smoothie
Chicken Taco Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette (Everygirl Feature)

xoxo,
Meg

How to Make Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs, plus a Cooking Planit T-Fal Cookware Giveaway!

Hard-boiled eggs are one of my favorite snacks.

Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs and #CookingPlanit T-Fal Cookware Giveaway #peachesandcake

Add a little salt, pepper, hot sauce, and maybe some avocado, and it’s the most delicious afternoon pick-me-up.

Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs and #CookingPlanit T-Fal Cookware Giveaway #peachesandcake

Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs and #CookingPlanit T-Fal Cookware Giveaway #peachesandcake

People often shy away from making hard-boiled eggs because they can be finnicky, but it really doesn’t have to be all that hard!

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I used this Cooking Planit recipe with my new T-fal saucepan to time the steps perfectly. Remember how much I raved about the app here?

Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs and #CookingPlanit T-Fal Cookware Giveaway #peachesandcake

Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs and #CookingPlanit T-Fal Cookware Giveaway #peachesandcake

As a gift to you guys, Cooking Planit and I are giving a 12-piece set of T-fal stainless steel cookware to one lucky reader of Peaches & Cake.

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To enter the giveaway, complete the following steps:

  1. Create a free Cooking Planit account, online at CookingPlanit.com or via the free iPhone or iPad apps.
  2. Like Peaches and Cake on Facebook.
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  4. After you’ve completed the above steps, leave ONE comment below telling me what meal you’d make first with this cookware.

This contest runs August 27 to September 2 with the winner being announced on September 3. The winner will be chosen at random.

And be sure to check out the other blogs also running this giveaway!

And now for the recipe!

Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs
Recipe from Gourmet Veggie Mama via Cooking Planit

  • 4 pastured or free-range eggs
  • 1 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. white vinegar
  • For serving: salt, pepper, and/or hot sauce
  1. Place the eggs in a medium saucepan and cover with one inch of cold water. Add the vinegar and salt.
  2. Bring the water to a rapid boil, turn down the heat and allow to simmer for 1 minute.
  3. Remove the pot from the heat, cover and set aside for 12 minutes.
  4. Once the eggs have rested for 12 minutes, drain the water from the pot using the lid, being careful not to damage the eggs. Add cold water to the pot and drain again, repeating until the eggs are at room temperature.
  5. When the eggs are cool to the touch, refrigerate them for future use or peel them by tapping the shell on the countertop and peeling with your fingers underneath the skin.
  6. Transfer the peeled eggs to plates and slice. Season with salt, pepper, and/or hot sauce if desired.

Disclosure: This prize has been gifted to me as a promotion. All opinions are my own. There is a limit of one winner per household per family from the 50 blogs participating in the promotion. Individuals winning more than one giveaway will receive 1 set of cookware and the other winning entries will be disqualified and an alternate winner will be chosen.

The winner of the giveaway is Natalie M.! Thank you everyone for entering!!

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