Can You Freeze Avocados
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Avocados are delicious but they go bad quickly, so if you want to stock up, you can freeze avocados and preserve them. Freezing is a great basic cooking skill to master and easier than you think.
Avocados are very healthy and contain healthy fats that our brains and bodies need to thrive. Freezing avocados is really the only way to preserve them. And I don’t know about you, but I love saving money on food and buying things on sale. But I can’t always use all the avocados that I buy at once. So here’s the solution.
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Can I freeze avocado?
Freezing avocados lets you have ready-to-eat perfectly ripe avocados whenever you want them. It’s a great way to reduce food waste.
When freezing fresh avocado that is not being used in a recipe that will hide overripe avocados you will want the freshest avocado you can get. You can tell the ripeness of an avocado by pushing the stem out of place and observing what the flesh inside looks like.
If it’s green under the stem, but the flesh gives just a little when pressed, it’s perfect. If the flesh doesn’t give, it’s not ripe yet. If it’s brown under the stem, it’s overripe. You can still use overripe avocados in breads and sauces and smoothies too.
After finding avocados that are ripe you can begin preserving them. Cut your avocado how you would like to store it. This can be in half, in wedges, or in chunks depending on if you know how you will want to use them later. As you cut, drop them into a large bowl of cold water with 1/2 cup of lemon juice. This will help to prevent browning during the freezing process.
Place your avocado pieces onto a lined cookie sheet. Do not wipe or rinse away the lemon juice. Freeze for 3 to 4 hours to allow the other parts of your avocados to freeze. This will flash freeze them to help keep each chunk separated allowing you to pull just the amount of avocado you want out at once.
After your avocado is frozen solid, move it to an airtight container to prevent freezer burn. For the best results consider vacuum sealing your frozen avocado for longer life in your freezer. If using the chunks for smoothies use a zip lock freezer bag or sealable container to make it easy to grab only what you need.
Can I freeze guacamole?
Yes, you can freeze foods you made with avocado like guacamole. Be sure to place your avocado into an air-tight container. You can press plastic wrap down into the container to stop the top of the guacamole from touching the air inside your freezer to prevent browning.
If you are meal prepping meals that are topped with avocado, you can wrap a small amount of the avocado in plastic wrap and place it on top of your meal. Then when you are ready to heat and eat it, you can remove the avocado and set it aside while you heat it and the avocado won’t be heated with the rest of the dish.
For things like adding avocado to your smoothies, you can blend them right from frozen and enjoy. If you’re cooking and you need to thaw your avocado, simply place it in the refrigerator overnight or on your counter for a few hours. Frozen Avocado will thaw in your lunch box for a healthy meal on the go.
If you need your avocado quickly you can thaw it in a bowl of hot water. This will warm the outer parts of the avocado pieces and may slightly melt the fats but your avocado is still usable this way. Do not microwave or boil your avocado to thaw it out before using. Too much heat or uneven heat can lead to a less than appealing result. For the best results stick to allowing them to thaw naturally if possible to avoid changing the texture of your avocado too much.
Can you freeze avocado puree
To freeze avocado puree, mix it with the juice of a half of a lemon or lime to keep it looking fresh, mash it like you normally would and store it in an airtight container in small batches like a half a cup or a cup. You can also add salt and pepper to it so it will be ready to use and not need any seasoning.
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I hope learning to freeze avocados will help you live better, save more money, and eat better too!