Crunchy Cheese Guacamole Bowl

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Could This Be The Machine That Finally Stops Avocados From Browning?

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Avocados are a tricky fruit to buy.

Sure, we can all agree that they’re earth’s creamy green darlings, but the only thing more frustrating than waiting for an avocado to properly ripen is opening one only to discover that the half you saved for later has turned into inedible brown mush.

“It’s one of those fruits that you buy and eat where you inherently suffer disappointment, because it’s already gone brown or it goes to waste,” agricultural engineer Jeff Hastings said to Mashable Australia.

That’s why Hastings decided to invent a little something called the Natavo Zero with the help of an Australian-based company called Nature Technologies. Essentially, it is a technology that purports to show down the browning process of avocados by stripping it of a particular enzyme in the fruit which causes it to brown when exposed to oxygen.

Of course, while this all sounds fine and worth a reasonable expense (especially for those of us who consume avocados on the regular), the problem is that for now, the two models available are aimed at large-scale food makers, and not your average consumer.

Basically, all one needs to do to lengthen the life of an avocado is place an open fruit (be it halved, diced, sliced, or mushed) onto a conveyor belt, where it will be treated for five to six minutes. Not exactly conducive to my tiny Brooklyn kitchen, but perfectly suitable for a large corporation that uses enough avocados to justify the expense.

Currently, the conveyor belts come in two differently sized models: one that processes 551 lbs an hour, and one that does 1,102 lbs an hour.

But don’t lose hope, home-guac enthusiasts.

“Our focus is definitely on the industry, [to those] who provide a finished product to consumers, like fast food restaurants or airlines. However, it’s not impossible for us to develop a consumer scale product in [the] future,” Hastings said to Mashable Australia.

Sources: Mashable Australia / Photo credits: Naturo Technologies via Mashable Australia, Authority Nutrition

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These Guacamole GIFs Are Life

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Guacamole is basically the best food ever.

Ever. 

EVER.

Sorry, but if you disagree, you are flat out wrong.

When you see this, you know you’re in for a good time:

One day we hope to have this man’s magnificent avocado cutting super-powers.

Look at that perfect avocado, just waiting to become guacamole.

The more the merrier.

This avocado is borderline sensual.

And we’re totally ok with that. Look how beautiful this is:

Time to give these beautiful green fruits the treatment they deserve.

We could almost give up chips for this.

This right here is love.

Enjoy!

Featured Photo Credit: Hungry Forever

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These Bacon And Guacamole Grilled Cheese Sandwiches Are Irresistible

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Grilled cheese sandwiches are a delicious lunch enjoyed worldwide, and it’s easy to think there’s nothing that could possibly make it more irresistible. Well, think again — bacon and guacamole are about to take this treasured sandwich to a whole new level. 

All you need to make this amazing sandwich is 2 slices of bacon, 2 slices of sourdough bread, some butter, some shredded jack and cheddar cheese, and a couple tablespoons of guacamole.

Cook the bacon until it’s crispy, then set it aside. Butter the break and sprinkle the cheese mix on the unbuttered side. Follow that with the guac and bacon. If you’re feeling adventurous, add some crushed tortilla chips.

Grill it up and enjoy this buttery, creamy take on a classic.

Ingredients:

2 slices bacon

2 slices sour dough bread

1 tablespoon butter, room temperature

1/2 cup jack and cheddar cheese, shredded

2 tablespoons guacamole, room temperature

1 tablespoon tortilla chips, crumbled (optional)

Directions:

Cook the bacon until crispy and set aside on paper towels to drain.

Butter one side of each slice of bread, sprinkle half of the cheese onto the unbuttered side of one slice of bread followed by the guacamole, bacon, tortilla chips, the remaining cheese and finally top with the remaining slice of bread with the buttered side up.

Grill over medium heat until golden brown and the cheese has melted, about 2-3 minutes per side.

Source: Closet Cooking / Photo credit: Closet Cooking

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