Avocado lovers like me always wonder how to freeze avocados to take the buttery taste all year round. It is indeed possible to enjoy the full-flavored ripe avocado and get the nutrients the whole year if you can reserve them properly.
It’s hard to guess whether the avocado is ripe or not, too ripe, soft or mashy in the off-season. So it’s safe to store avocados on the season in the freezer in various forms for all kinds of recipes like smoothies, guacamole, dressings and spreads. But keep in mind that it’s impossible to get the fresh creamy texture again once it freezes. Here I am going to share a few practical tips below to freeze them for later use.
Store avocado in halves
Sometimes we don’t need the whole avocados for making sandwiches or salads. In that case,half-frozen avocado can help a lot. Follow the steps to get the frozen avocado anytime.
- Wash the avocado and peel the skin.
- Then slice in half, remove the seed but don’t remove the pit.
- Moisten the avocado with lemon juice on each half.
- Wrap all avocadoes tightly in separate plastic wrap, press out all the air and close the zipper bag.
- Then put them all in a freezer.
- Whenever you need it, simply let it thaw in the refrigerator a day before and enjoy it.
Store avocado in a whole
You can freeze the whole fruit with skin and seed too. This is the easiest way of freezing without cutting or peeling, and it works great. Here are the steps:
- First, clean the whole fruit and dry it.
- Then, wrap each piece tightly with a plastic wrapper.
- Store each piece of fruit in a Ziploc freezer bag and seal it tight.
- You can store it for 3-6 months in the freezer and can get maximum freshness.
- To thaw frozen avocados, replace them from the freezer to the refrigerator the day before eating.
Store mashed avocado
Mashed avocado is the easiest and tastiest food that I taste ever tasted. It can be consumed by the babies too. This superfood can be stored in the freezer for six months or longer and works perfectly in salad dressing, baby food, guacamole, or other tasty additions.
Below the freezing steps you need to follow to get tastier mashed avocado:
- Wash the avocadoes, peel the skin and extract the pit.
- Then smash the avocados with a fork or a food processor with a little bit of lemon juice.
- Reserve in a single serving size as you desire in a ziplock bag or a container and remove all air by a straw.
- Then put it in the freezer for more than six months.
Store diced avocado
Diced or sliced avocados lose their moisturizer less than mashed avocado. But it freezes well. To get a creamy, healthy snack or meal in the whole year, follow the underneath process to freeze sliced or diced avocado:
- First, wash and peel the avocado skin.
- Then slice in half and remove the seed from the hole.
- Slice the fruit into cubes or dice.
- Spray lemon juice on each part of the cube or slice.
- Keep on a cookie sheet and freeze for about an hour.
- Then shift the frozen slices into a Ziploc bag and seal tightly., Remove all the air before keeping it in the freezer.
Avocado Freezing and Thawing tips
- Always freeze ripe avocados. Don’t freeze green avocadoes because they will remain hard from inside after thawing.
- It’s wise to use the spray bottle or brush to ensure each side of the lemon juice touches evenly. So the upper side doesn’t become brown.
- Always try to use freezer-friendly zip lock bags or containers to store the avocadoes.
- Sometimes you may find avocado getting brown on the upper side after thawing. In that situation, place the frozen avocado in a bowl of cold water with one teaspoon of lemon to avoid browning.
- To use the avocado, thaw overnight in the refrigerator the day before using.
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
01. What can I do with frozen avocados?
Actually it depends on your taste. You can serve frozen avocados in toast, chocolate pudding, guacamole, ice-cream, salad and many more items. To eat it, you need to defrost it in the refrigerator for about 12 to24 hours. You can get 80% of the taste and flavour as fresh avocado from the frozen avocado.
02. How can you know when an avocado is rotten from inside?
You can quickly identify if your avocado is rotten or mushy by looking at a few signs. First, if your avocado smells terrible, then don’t think a second time; throw it away right now. Second, if your avocado visibly decayed more than 35% with a brown spot, then it’s rotten.
However, if your ripe avocado doesn’t smell rotten and 65% of it has green flesh left, you can still freeze the right parts.
03. Do avocados need to be ripe to freeze?
The avocados need to be ripe before freezing them because the green-hard part is hard to mash or eat after thawing.
04. How long does avocado last in the fridge?
The whole ripe avocado can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days. But unripe avocado slows down its ripening process if kept in the fridge.
05. Can guacamole be frozen?
Yes, guacamole can be stored for a few days in the refrigerator and freeze in the freezer for up to 3 months. The exciting part of freezing guacamole is that it won’t turn brown.
You can’t compare the fresh avocado with the frozen avocado. Because there is a slight difference in taste and texture. Once it has frozen and thawed, you can’t retain the wonderful creamy texture. The texture is just not the same as the fresh one and also depends on which method avocados freeze. Frozen avocado is exemplary for smoothies, baby food, making guacamole, hummus, dressings, spreads etc., where it will add nutrition, but not much flavour.
Home-made frozen avocados will last in the freezer for about four months, though commercial products last longer as they use preservatives such as citric acid. It’s not wise to use commercial frozen avocados. So stock up avocados on the season to enjoy the tremendous creamy test all year long!
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