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Can You Freeze Guacamole?

Can you freeze guacamole? That’s a question many fans of this avocado-based sauce might need the answer to. Is there a possibility to make a larger amount of guacamole and freeze it for later? Or, when you have too many ripe avocados and you would like to use some of them in guacamole and put the sauce into the freezer?

Good news is, you can freeze guacamole (you can buy frozen guacamole, so why wouldn’t you be able to freeze it yourself?). If you want to freeze it only because you have too many ripe avocados, I suggest you freeze those avocados instead. If you really need to freeze guacamole (e.g. you’ve already made it and there’s quite a lot of it left), you can do it. Read on to get to know the most important things about freezing guacamole.

Freezing Guacamole – Most Important Facts

As I have mentioned above, you can freeze guacamole. The question that’s more important is: “would it be tasty after thawing?“.

Unfortunately, if you’d spend some time and read some food forums and websites, you’d find out that each person has their own thoughts on this topic. Some people don’t mind frozen and thawed guacamole (in fact, they like it). Others say freezing guacamole is not worth the hassle because it won’t be good after thawing. That’s why freezing avocados instead of guacamole sauce itself is a good idea.

Guacamole

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There are, however, some facts about freezing guacamole, that are worth knowing. First thing is, the quality of the guacamole sauce after thawing depends heavily on its ingredients. Some of the recipes call for tomatoes, garlic, or even yogurt. That’s likely why some people are satisfied with frozen and thawed guacamole, while others aren’t. What’s sure is that ingredients such as tomatoes or chopped pepper make the sauce more watery after thawing.

Because of the reasons I outlined above, you won’t know if freezing guacamole works for you until you give it a try. Prepare it using your favorite recipe, freeze it, thaw it and taste it. Then you’ll be certain if freezing this avocado-based sauce works for you.

You don’t have to make a big deal out of it. Next time when preparing this sauce, prepare a little more than you need and freeze the rest for a couple of weeks. That’s the best way to find out if you’re satisfied with frozen and thawed guacamole. If you won’t be happy with the outcome, you can always try changing the recipe. Next time around try removing an ingredient or reducing its amount and see what you get.

How to Freeze Guacamole

This part is pretty easy. Transfer the sauce into a freezer bag, squeeze all air from it and seal the bag tightly. You can add some lime or lemon juice on the top of the sauce right before freezing it to aid with the process.

When choosing the amount of guacamole in a single freezer bag, consider freezing a portion needed for one dish per bag. This way you’ll always be able to thaw only as much sauce as you need at a time. Don’t forget to put the date and other pieces of information you might need in the future on the label. Once done, put the bag (or bags) into the freezer. You can store it there for quite a long time, but it’s not recommended to freeze guacamole for more than 4-6 months. After that time its quality will deteriorate a bit fater and that’s bad news.

Summary
As you know by now, you can freeze guacamole sauce, but not everyone will find the outcome tasty. Or even acceptable. Unfortunately, the only way to know is to experiment on your own. Do a couple of test freezingz and you will know if it is for you in no time.

Fruit

Can You Freeze Avocados?

Can you freeze avocados? Since avocados are fine for only a couple of days once they’re ripe, it might happen that you have to many on hand. 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 – you can freeze avocados. You can store frozen avocados in the freezer for at least a couple of months, so that should solve the problem. Read along to learn how to freeze avocados.

Freezing 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: Freeze Pureed 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.

Avocado cut in halves

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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.

Freezing Pureed Avocados Using an Ice-cube Tray

This way is 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 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, do a test run. 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 need to wait until the whole avocado is completely defrosted, you can cut it in half and pull the chunks with a spoon.

Summary
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. You can also make guacamole and freeze it instead.