We all love avocados, but let’s be honest— they can be tricky little things! The fruit has a pretty tight window of ripeness, and figuring it out is a trick all its own when you have a guacamole or avocado toast craving. When you’re trying to shop a week or two ahead of time or plan for a party? Forget about it!

Most of us just buy some that seem close, stick them in a paper bag and hope, but what if there was a way to hurry up that ripening process— say, in about ten minutes? According to PureWow, it’s totally possible. All you have to do is turn on your oven and grab some aluminum foil.

“Wait,” we can hear you saying. “I don’t want to bake my avocados! I just want to make some guacamole!” Don’t worry. When you follow this method, all you’ll be doing is hurrying the avocados along to perfectly soft ripeness. Here’s how:

  1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Wrap the avocado(s) you want to ripen in aluminum foil and place on a baking sheet.
  3. Stick the baking sheet in the oven and let the avocado warm for 10 minutes.
  4. Remove the avocado(s) from the oven and place them in the refrigerator. Let sit in the fridge until completely cool.

PureWow does warn that if you have an avocado that’s rock-hard and nowhere close to being ripe, it might need up to an hour in the oven. Generally, though, your average avocado will only need about 10 minutes!

So why does this trick work without baking the avocado into dinner? It’s the combination of the heat and the foil:

Avocados produce ethylene gas, which is typically released slowly, causing the fruit to ripen. But as the avocado bakes in tinfoil, the gas surrounds it, putting the ripening process into hyperdrive.

So smart! We love a good avocado trick, and we’re happy to have another one to add to our arsenal. You too? Be sure to check out our others, like:

What are some of your favorite avocado tips and recipes?