Magic in a Paper Bag Print Recipe Print Recipe

You know the brown bag you pack your kid’s lunch in? Yeah, it’s magic.

No one likes to bite into a tough, unripe piece of fruit. At least I don’t.

I put everything from avocados, pears, to nectarines all in a paper bag, seal it and [depending on the fruit] it only takes 1-2 days to ripen. Magic, huh?

Not quite. Apparently when fruit ripens it releases a gas, which is then trapped in the paper bag, causing the fruit to ripen quicker. Science, magic, whatevs.

Just be sure to monitor as some fruits will ripen sooner than other.

Note: apples produce more [or stronger] gas and should be stored separate from other fruits and vegetables.


*Image: Photographed by Lisa Thiele | With Style and Grace

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  • Rebecca – A Daily Something

    Such a great trick!!! I love magic//science 😉

  • Tara Y.

    Hi Lisa,

    I absolutely love your blog and recently shared it with a friend of mine who is gluten-free and struggles with her menu planning. Thanks for posting beautiful photos and delicious recipes for us all to enjoy 🙂

    xoxo Tara

  • Bev Weidner

    hhehehe, you said, “releases a gas.” hehehe.


  • Maria

    I am doing this right now. Trying to ripen my avocados:)

  • Liz Relwani

    I have been going this for years – recently my office started ordering fruits from fresh direct and the pears and apples arrive in brown paper “ripening bags”

  • TidyMom

    I forget about this trick all the time, thanks for the reminder Lisa!!

  • Marti

    I’ve been using this trick myself for a long time but I never knew what it was about the bag that made fruit rippen but now I do Thanks I enjoy your Blog.