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This quick and easy tutorial will show you how to freeze avocados whole, sliced or diced, mashed, and halved so you can enjoy this delicious fruit anytime! Nobody wants to waste avocados. Guess what? You don’t have to! When your avocados are nearing that overripe point, don’t throw them out – stick them in the freezer and save them for a rainy day.
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I love avocados! I use them a couple of times a week in all sorts of recipes. I have been known to pop a few slices into a smoothie, add it to my deviled eggs, throw it in some hummus, and eat it on toast. To sum it up, if a recipe can be modified with the addition of an avocado – in my house, it’s happening! That’s what makes freezing avocados so convenient. Even when I don’t have fresh, I can still enjoy this creamy, earthy, powerhouse of a fruit whenever I want!
WHY you should freeze your avocados
- Delicious and good for you. Avocados are a true superfood – loaded with essential nutrients, fiber, and minerals, and to top it all off, they are downright delicious! They have a creamy texture and a mildly buttery and nutty flavor. So good!
- Savvy savings. Buying avocadoes during their peak season when they’re plentiful allows you to freeze them to enjoy later in the year without paying the high prices charged during the off-season. It’s a win-win situation – enjoy avocados all year long at an affordable price!
- There’s more than one way to freeze an avocado! Freezing avocados in different forms, whether sliced, diced, whole, or mashed, offers a variety of options for incorporating them into recipes, such as smoothies, dips, and spreads.
HOW TO freeze avocados 4 ways
Below are four simple methods for freezing avocados: whole, halved, sliced or cubed, and mashed!
How to freeze a whole avocados in the skin
- Place the whole avocado with the skin on into a ziptop freezer bag and seal tight.
- When ready to use, transfer the frozen avocado to the fridge and allow it to thaw overnight.
How to freeze a halved avocado
- Squeeze lemon or lime juice on each half, keeping the pit if it’s still attached.
- Wrap each half in plastic wrap so that the plastic is tightly against the avocado flesh, then place in a ziptop freezer bag and seal tight.
How to freeze a sliced or chopped avocado
- Place the sliced or chopped avocado on a small baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle lemon or lime juice all over.
- Freeze until solid, about 1-2 hours, then transfer the pieces to a ziptop freezer bag or freezer-safe container and seal tight.
How to freeze mashed avocado
- Place the mashed or avocado puree in a ziptop freezer bag or freezer-safe container. Sprinkle lemon or lime juice all over and use a fork to mash the juice into the avocado.
- Seal the ziptop bag or container tight.
TIPS FOR freezing an avocado
- Choose ripe avocados. They have a higher oil content, which helps them maintain their texture and flavor when frozen. That makes them a better choice for freezing, unlike unripe avocados, which can harden and become tasteless.
- Use lemon or lime juice. To prevent browning, brush or spray the avocado flesh with citrus juice before freezing.
- Use airtight containers. Any freezer-safe bag or container will do. For an eco-friendly option, consider using reusable zip-top freezer bags to make freezing even more convenient.
- Plan your thawing. Once avocados are frozen and thawed, it’s best to use them within a day as they can start to turn brown due to oxidation. If you’re worried about this, you can try adding extra lemon juice but be careful not to use too much, or it could affect the flavor of your avocado.
recipes to make with frozen avocado
- Avocado Crema
- Pineapple Avocado Smoothie
- Avocado Egg Salad
- Tuna Avocado Salad
- Avocado Ice Cream
- Easy Guacamole
- Avocado Chocolate Mousse
HOW TO STORE avocados in the freezer
Store prepared avocados in freezer-safe bags or containers until ready to use. Transfer to the fridge for thawing.
HOW LONG WILL avocados LAST IN THE freezer?
When stored properly, avocados can last up to 3 months in the freezer.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Yes! They are still fantastic for blended or mashed avocado recipes, such as guacamole and smoothies. Still, because avocados contain water, ice crystals will form and change the texture when frozen, altering the signature creamy consistency of fresh avocados.
Absolutely! Freezing avocado to use in smoothies is easy to do. Cut them into slices or cubes, and freeze them on a lined baking sheet until solid before transferring them to an airtight container. When you’re ready to make a smoothie, drop in a few frozen avocado pieces with your other ingredients and blend until smooth!
Smaller pieces of avocado will thaw more quickly than a whole avocado. The quickest way to thaw avocados is to place the bag of chunks, slices, or mashed avocado into cool water for about 15-20 minutes or on the counter for about an hour.
Freezing avocados is a simple and effective way to save them for later use. With these tips, you can easily store a steady supply to add to all your favorite recipes.
MORE freezing tutorials:
- How to Freeze Bananas
- How to Freeze Strawberries
- How to Freeze Fresh Herbs
- How to Freeze Cranberries
- How to Freeze Garlic
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How to Freeze Avocados
- 1 avocado ripe
- Freeze the avocado according to one of the 4 methods below depending on the condition of the avocado you’re freezing.
- Whole: Place the whole avocado into a ziptop freezer bag and seal tight.
- Halved: Sprinkle lemon or lime juice on each half, keeping the pit if it’s still attached. Wrap each half in plastic wrap so that the plastic is tightly against the avocado flesh, then place in a ziptop freezer bag and seal tight.
- Sliced or Chopped: Place the sliced or chopped avocado on a small baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle lemon or lime juice all over. Freeze until solid, about 1-2 hours, then transfer the pieces to a ziptop freezer bag or freezer-safe container and seal tight.
- Mashed: Place the mashed avocado in a ziptop freezer bag or freezer-safe container. Sprinkle lemon or lime juice all over and use a fork to mash the juice into the avocado. Seal the ziptop bag or container tight.
- To thaw, submerge the frozen avocado in its ziptop bag or container in a bowl of cold water for about 30 minutes or thaw overnight in the fridge.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.