Can You Freeze Avocado?
Extend the life of perfectly ripe avocados easily and effectively.
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By Regan Cafiso for Food Network Kitchen
A perfectly ripe avocado is a thing of beauty, but its freshness is often fleeting. Often it seems like you wait eons for that hard, funny-looking fruit to reach that idyllic firm-but-yielding state of ripeness, only to miss the window and have it yield dark, stringy mush when you finally use it. But here is a secret: You can freeze avocado and preserve that ideal ripe state — but there are some tips and caveats.
How to Freeze Avocados
The most successful way to freeze avocado is to mash it first with some lemon juice. Start with perfectly fresh, pitted avocados. Scoop the insides into a mixing bowl and top with freshly squeezed lemon juice. Mash to a uniform consistency with a fork or potato masher. Scoop the mashed fruit into a resealable freezer bag and press into an even layer. Squeeze out as much air as possible, then seal and freeze for up to 1 month. To use it, thaw the frozen avocado in the refrigerator before using. Use the mashed avocado as a sandwich spread, on toast or in guacamole.
Another nice idea is to blend avocado flesh with another fruit, like pineapple, mango or banana. This puree can be frozen in ice cube trays and stashed in the freezer to add a sweet, creamy and nutritious boost to smoothies.
Can You Freeze Whole Avocados?
You really can't freeze a whole avocado, or even slices of fresh avocado. The fruit just doesn't stand up to it. As it thaws, its texture and flavor are compromised, getting spongy and watery. If your recipe calls for avocado in a whole or diced state, you're better off using fresh.
Can You Freeze Guacamole?
If you took the time to mash avocados for freezing, you might think it's a good idea to take it all the way and make guacamole, then just freeze that. Not so fast! While the avocado flesh itself holds up well to freezing, the onions, tomatoes and herbs in guacamole get loose and watery when thawed. Therefore, we do not recommend freezing guacamole. It's better to just mix thawed avocado mash with freshly chopped aromatics for your guac.
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