Preserving Avocados

I wasn't a fan of avocados until, oh, a year or so ago ... I mean, like really a fan ... as in, every time I go to the store, I check out the avocado selection and price to see if it's worthy!

By far, Aldis has been the BEST place and price to pick them up ... and they were 59 cents each a few weeks ago , so I picked up 4 ... not knowing that I still had FIVE at home in the fridge!! YIKES! THIS is how food waste happens in real life.

See, we have upwards of 6 adults eating in this house, and friends ... so sometimes, usually most times, if I don't eat the avocado within a day or so, one of the other mini-adults will eat it and then I have none when I go back to eat it ... boo..

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So, here I was, I had NINE avocados at one time, and 4 of them were pretty darn ripe ... so I made guacamole, for ME and the girlfriend ... but of course, that's still alot of guac for 2 people, so I set aside 3/4 of the mix before adding the onions, jalapenos and cilantro and stuck it in some ice cube trays.

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Yup ... I tested out freezing the mashed avocado with a little lemon and lime juice. What, you don't add lemon and lime juice? I heard that Chipotle uses both and that's what makes theirs so yummy ... try it and let me know!

I didn't add onions, tomatoes or jalapenos, none of the stuff that makes it guac ... just the avocado and juice.

After a few hours, try to remember to transfer the cubes from the tray to a freezer bag or container.

So ... the verdict?

I took out a single cube on Monday (a week after I froze them) and put in a container to take to work in the morning, thinking by lunchtime it would be defrosted. I was looking forward to it adding some creamy goodness to my chicken and apple sausage with the sauteed mushrooms, onions and peppers.

Hello! I was so stinkin excited to see it was still bright green, not watery AT ALL and still had a delicious taste to it ... MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

Absolutely, freeze your excess mashed avocados!! I don't know if I would freeze guac but definitely encourage you to freeze plain avocados with a little lime or lemon juice (make sure you incorporate it really well so that it doesn't turn brown).

So go ahead, buy up some avocados when you see them really cheap ... there's always an upcoming event to use some of this creamy yummy fruit/veggie!

Which leads me to the question: is it a fruit or a vegetable? Go ahead, google it and then tell me YOUR opinion!

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Comments

  1. This is such a great tip! I rarely buy avocados because they tend to go bad before I can use them, or I only need a little, so I just skip it. Definitely trying this out! Thanks for sharing on Weekend Bites

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  2. love your post you shared at Fabulous Friday, i love avocado and never new you could preserve them
    Maria

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  3. I am a massive fan of avocado's, although they rarely have time to go off as I consume them as fast as I eat them....lol. Great idea for preserving them tho :-)

    Thanks for linking up to Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning.

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  4. Great tip! I am also guilty of over purchasing avocado as we all love it. I usually store extra by pressing plastic wrap onto the surface and placing it in the fridge. I can't wait to try freezing! Stopping by from Smart Party Planning Monday.

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  5. Great tip! I love avocado but hate how you can't store without browning, I'm going to have to try this!

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  6. Thank you for joining us on #PureBlog Love link party with this wonderful blog post, please be sure to join us this weekend starting tonight at 8 PM EST on TheMcCallumsShamrockPatch.com

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  7. Thanks for this tip. My Mom is the only person in our house who eats avocados, so she always has some leftover. She will love this.

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  8. I'm similar with lemons. I go crazy cooking with lemon juice and I always have to have lemons in the house. Every time I go shopping, I buy a couple. Usually I don't realize I already have about 4!

    Avocados are another thing I try to add to as many dishes as possible. I love the cold and creamy texture as a topping to salads, grilled chicken, anything. They can be expensive, so it's good to know they can be frozen. Buy when on sale and preserve!
    Thanks for sharing with See Ya in the Gumbo.
    Oh...fruit b/c they come from flowers and have a seed!

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  9. Hi Jan,
    I am really glad to have this information! Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing your post with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  10. I love this- genius! And it's really how I prefer avocado anyway- with just lime or lemon juice and seasoning salt. I have frozen whole avocados....but have NOT had the courage to thaw them yet!! I'm from Texas, so avocados are eaten with practically every meal...so there aren't many avocados going to waste....but I want to try this to be ready for (like you said)- when they show up at a really good price! Thank you! :D

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  11. What a great idea! I didn't like avocado until a few years ago either but now I can't get enough of them! I'm really glad to know that I can keep them on hand in the freezer now too. Thank you for sharing this wonderful idea with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop. Pinning :-)

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