Can You Freeze Avocados
Wanting to know if you can freeze avocados?! You can! Scroll down to see how to freeze avocados whole and how to freeze guacamole! Plus, be sure to check out how to freeze lunch meat and 9 other surprising foods you can freeze!
Most avocado varieties are at the peak of their season from August through December. However, the most common avocado grown in the US is the Hass avocado. A delicious avocado variety with dark leathery skin and a smooth creamy lime green interior which is grown all year round. The state of California supplies the US with over 90% off the avocado market and due to the warm year round climate we can enjoy avocados just about any time of the year!
Growing up in Southern California it was just a given that you grew and avocado tree in your back yard and it was a real treat to be able to eat a avocado right from the tree with a little salt and a squirt of lime juice. Or with a dollop of Catalina salad dressing in the scooped out middle where the seed once was and you ate it with a spoon. So good! Avocado was also one of the first foods we introduced to our children as it make for a highly nutritious and easy to prepare baby food.
If you are not lucky enough to live in a temperate climate where you can grow your own avocados you can easily enough purchase them in the grocery store. When purchasing an avocado the tip for picking a ripe fruit is to look at the stem end (the pointy end of the pear shaped fruit) and if the little stem button can easily be pulled off your avocado is ripe. Slightly squeezing the avocado should yield a little bit, but if the avocado squishes too much the fruit is too ripe and may actually be slimy inside. Pass up on any fruit that is too squishy. If the avocados in the store are too ripe you can easily ripen them further by sitting them inside a brown paper bag on the counter for a couple of days and they should ripen up just fine.
1 serving of avocado (1 oz.) contains 50 calories, 4.5g of fat (but it is the good kind of mono & polyunsaturated fat), and is a great source of Folate, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, & Phosphorous.
Avocados in the grocery store however tend to be a bit expensive unless you know when to buy them. Normally, they will go on sale around specific holidays & events such as Super Bowl, Cinco de Mayo, Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day. These are all events where the average American household scoops up avocados to make into guacamole for parties and get-togethers. And this is when the price on avocados goes down a little bit, the perfect time for stocking up on these yummy fruits.
As anyone who has ever cut into an avocado and left it sitting out knows, the flesh quickly turn from luscious green to an ugly brown color pretty quickly. This a normal reaction to the flesh when it comes into contact with oxygen. To deter this displeasing discoloration you need to add an acid such as lime or lemon juice or cover the surface with plastic wrap to keep oxygen out. Even with these steps taken your avocado or guacamole will eventually turn brown. So the best way to store avocados or your freshly prepared guacamole is to freeze it.
How to Freeze Whole Avocados
- With the skin intact run a sharp knife around the pit of the avocado and cut in half.
- Pop out the large avocado seed and discard it.
- Place avocado halves in freezer safe bags and remove as much air as possible. I like to remove a lot of air by using my FoodSaver to create a vacuum seal.
- Pop sealed bag into the freezer to freeze avocados for up to 6 months.
- Once thawed use avocado as you would fresh. But eat quickly before they turn brown.
How to Freeze Guacamole
- Prepare your guacamole according to your favorite recipe
- Place prepared guacamole into a freezer safe bag and remove as much air as possible. Again, I prefer to use my FoodSaver system)
- Pop bags of guacamole into the freezer for up to 6 months.
- When it comes time to serve your guacamole at your next party, just thaw, stir and serve.