Can you freeze avocados? Since avocados are fine for only a couple of days once they’re ripe, it might happen that you’ll have a surplus of avocados. Is there anything you can do with the avocados, so you’ll be able to eat them at a later date? As a matter of fact, there is – avocados can be frozen. Frozen avocados can be stored in the freezer for at least a couple of months, so I assume it’s a solution you’re looking for. Read along to get to know how to freeze avocados.
No matter how you’d like to freeze your avocados, the first thing you should do is to wash the outside of every avocado you have under running water. Once that’s done, you have a few possibilities that will be described below. When it comes to thawing, most people choose to thaw avocado in the fridge.
The recommended way to freeze avocados
To get the best results, it’s recommended to freeze pureed avocados. To do that, after washing the avocados you should cut them, peel and transfer into a food processor. Then it’s time to add some lemon or lime juice, preferably half tablespoon of juice for each avocado. Lemon and lime juices are very acidic, which will prevent avocado from turning brown.
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After adding the juice, puree the avocados until smooth. It’s pretty important to do it using a food processor or a blender, so you’ll be sure the juice is distributed fairly even. Now the only thing you need to do is to transfer the mush into an airtight container (make sure you leave some headspace), close it tightly, label it and put into the freezer. It’s recommended not to freeze it for more than half a year so it’ll remain at its best quality.
Alternative ways to freeze avocados
Freezing pureed avocados using an ice-cube tray
This way is quite similar to the recommended way. Once the avocados and the juice are pureed, pour the mush into an ice-cube tray and put it into the freezer. Once frozen, take the tray out of the freezer and transfer the cubes into a freezer bag. This way you’ll be able to easily thaw only a small amount of avocado. It’s probably the best way to freeze it if you need avocado to prepare meals for a child.
Freezing chunked or halved avocados
Once you’ve washed the avocados, peel them and cut each one in half or slice into chunks, depending on your needs. Now spray them with lime or lemon juice. If you’ll omit this step, chances are avocados will turn brown due to freezing. If you plan to use them in a smoothie or guacamole, I believe it doesn’t really matter if they’re brown or not, so you can omit this step if that’s the case.
Now it’s time to put them on a baking sheet (make sure they don’t touch one another) and put into the freezer for a couple of hours. Once they are frozen, you can transfer them into a ziplock bag, label it and put back into the freezer. This way you’ll be able to easily scoop only one or two chunks (or halves), depending on how much you need at a time. You can omit fast freezing using the cookie sheet, but the chunks be clumpy and you’ll have to unfreeze the whole package (or at least a few chunks) at once.
Freezing whole avocados
Most people say that whole avocados don’t freeze well, but few people do it and it seems to work for them well. If you’re not sure if it’ll work out for your needs, the best thing to do is to freeze an avocado for a week or two, thaw it and decide whether its quality is good enough for your needs. When thawing, you don’t really need to wait until the whole avocado is completely defrosted, you can cut it in half and pull the chunks with a spoon.
As you can see, you can freeze avocados to store them for a prolonged period of time. So, the next time you’ll notice a great deal on avocados, don’t hesitate – buy as many as you really want. You can use some of them in the next couple of days and freeze the rest for later use.
If you’d like read more about freezing avocados, check out the discussion on theKitchn, it helped a lot in preparing this article.