Can you freeze avocados?
Yes! Freezing avocados can save you a lot of money.
Here’s how to do it quickly and easily…
Avocados are both tasty and super healthy. But they are often expensive. And sometimes they ripen too fast and you end up having to throw them away.
Can You Freeze Avocados?
Luckily, you can freeze them. And freezing avocados solves both these problems.
You can save a ton of money, because you can stock up on avocados when they are on sale or when they are in season (and cheaper). And you don’t have to worry about them getting overripe before you get a chance to eat them.
The only catch is that they have to be well mashed or pureed. Whole avocados don’t freeze well, and neither do avocado slices or cubes. But frozen avocados work great in dips, guacamole, spreads, sandwiches, and salads.
How to Freeze Avocados
Freezing avocados is quick and easy. Here’s how to do it.
- First, wash the avocados and cut them in half (the long way).
- Remove the pit.
- Scoop out all the flesh with a spoon and put it in a bowl or a blender.
- For each avocado, add one tablespoon of lemon or lime juice. (This helps prevent the avocados from turning an unappetizing brown color.)
- Now mash the avocados very well with a fork or a masher. Or puree them in the blender.
- Finally, spoon the avocados into freezer bags. Fill each bag with either a portion or a recipe sized amount. Squeeze out all the air, seal the bags and stick them in the freezer.
And that’s it!
Just be sure to use the frozen avocados within four or five months.
Health Tip: Many of the healthiest nutrients in an avocado are in the darker green flesh near the skin. So be sure to scoop out the skins well!
How to Use Your Frozen Avocados
When you are ready to eat the avocados, simply thaw them in the refrigerator for about 24 hours. Or, if you are in a hurry, you can put the unopened bag in a bowl in the sink and run cool water over it until the avocados thaw.
Once you thaw your avocados, you can use them in all sorts of ways. Here are just a few ideas:
Quick and Easy Guacamole
Mix the mashed or pureed avocados with some salsa and you’ll have some instant guacamole to use as a dip with some nachos or pita chips.
Avocado Sandwich Spread
Use the thawed avocados as a spread to add some flavor and healthy nutrients to a sandwich or a burger. Or spread them in a wrap with some vegetables for a yummy vegetarian wrap.
Poor Man’s Butter
Avocados used to be called “poor man’s butter.” But you can use them as wise man’s (or woman’s) butter by spreading them on toast or a bagel for breakfast. It’s a delicious and healthy way to start your day.
Freeze Some Avocados Today
So, next time you see some avocados on sale, grab a big bunch. As soon as they are ripe, freeze them and you’ll be enjoying avocados anytime you want them!
They’re great for a healthy snack or a yummy addition to many types of meals.
Have you ever frozen avocados? How did it go? What’s your favorite way to eat them? Share your tips by leaving a comment below!