3 Best Avocado Savers, Tested by Food Network Kitchen
You never have to let that half of an avocado go to waste again!
Our Top Avocado Saver Picks
Tested by Brooke Hill for Food Network Kitchen
Avocados have a notoriously short-lived sweet spot of when they are perfectly ripe and ready to eat. If you’re a lover of avocado toast and chips and guacamole (or just can't get enough of the healthy benefits of these super fruits), you probably know that the most frustrating element when eating avocados is figuring out what to do with that perfectly ripe but unused half. If not properly stored, it can quickly brown and go to waste. But, if you have the right avocado saver on hand, you might be able to extend its life for days — at least that’s what a lot of the kitchen tools claim. We decided to put a few of the most popular avocado savers to the test to see if they really work. (Spoiler alert: They do!)
What to Know About Avocado Savers
The best avocado savers completely seal in the flesh of the avocado to protect it from oxygen. Like many other fruits, avocados turn brown when the flesh comes into contact with the O2 in the air. The most important element of a good avocado saver is a solid seal.
Decide if you want to preserve the pit. Our top-rated avocado saver works best on avocado halves without the pit, so it sits flat against the flesh. However, if saving the pit is important to you, we found a saver that makes room for it.
Store it in the fridge. Once your avocado is ripened and ready for use, you can extend its shelf-life by storing it in the fridge. The same goes for unused avocado halves. Once you split an avocado, the best place to store unused halves is in a crisper drawer with a saver.
How We Tested
When selecting avocado savers to test for this review, we opted for the most popular savers on the Internet that were designed specifically for avocado or fruit/vegetable storage. We tried to include a range of materials in our savers, picking a few different silicone and plastic options. We made sure they all functioned a little differently, some encompassing the entire avocado while others just hugged the exposed part of the fruit.
When testing, we bought avocados from a local market, ensuring all avocados were at a similar stage of ripeness, and cut them in half. We placed each avocado half in an avocado keeper, stored them in the refrigerator and monitored their progress for seven days. We made a note of how quickly they browned and when they got to the point of being inedible. We also looked at the products themselves, and evaluated them based on whether or not they were dishwasher safe, how easy they would be to clean and how compact and efficient their storage was.
Although this is specifically designed for onions, we found OXO’s Good Grips Cut & Keep Saver worked for avocados, too. The food saver line from OXO has options for onions, lemons, limes and tomatoes, but we found the onion-sized product fit avocados best. After laying the avocado face down on the hard plastic bottom, the silicon covering on top hugs the whole avocado and snaps shut on the outer circle, ensuring an air-tight seal no matter how the avocado is cut. We found it works best to remove the pit from the avocado, so it can lay flatly on the saver. At the end of the week, the sides and bottom of the avocado were less brown than the others we tested, but slightly mushy, nonetheless. The top and pit area remained almost as green as day one. Try to use your avocado by the fifth day of storage to hit the sweet spot for this avocado keeper before the brownness really sets in.
At first we were hesitant about this product because it seemed like you had to cut the avocado perfectly in half to keep both ends air-tight against the holder (and, unless you’re a robot, that’s kind of impossible to do). But nevertheless, this avocado was one of the freshest after a few days, despite our slightly uneven cutting! Having the pit still inserted helps the whole avocado to stay fresher for a longer amount of time. The sides browned quicker than the top and bottom areas did. The adjustable strap allows the avocado to be tucked in snugly no matter how big or small it may be.
All you have to do with this gadget is place your cut avocado face down after taking out the pit and snap on the lid! No matter what shape or size your avocado is, it’s sure to fit neatly in this air-tight case. It’s easily stackable, too, so you don’t have to worry about your avocado getting smushed. The total surface area was browner than our top two products, but removing the top browner layer with a knife will give you use of the rest of the avocado.