Frozen Avocado

by KetoFocus.com

Freezing avocado is the best way to avoid waste

Don’t let those avocados go to waste! Here are 4 ways to always have frozen avocado on hand for anything from dips, brownies, smoothies, toppings, and more!

Avocados are one of my favorite fruits to keep around, but keeping them around is not an easy task. The window for ripeness seems to last only minutes, leading to more tossed-out rotten avocados and wasted money than I can handle. To save money and food, finding a way to keep a ripe avocado fresh is a must!

an avocado sliced in half surrounded by lemon wedges

Since avocados can turn from good to bad in an instant, I had to find the best way to preserve this precious green fruit. This way, I always have some available for my avocado brownies and avocado toast!

Your freezer is the best option for preserving avocados. You can freeze avocados in four ways: whole, in half, sliced or diced, or mashed. The best method depends on how you want to use them and how much prep work you want to put into the freezing process.

Freezing avocados will help you save food and money since you can buy them on sale and not risk wasting them before you’re ready to use them.

How to freeze avocado

Freezing avocados can be as simple as wrapping up a whole fruit and placing it in the freezer or prepping them for future use by dicing or mashing them before storing them in the freezer.

Whether you’re buying in bulk and freezing avocado right away, or just want to preserve the unused portion of your avocado, any of these four methods for freezing avocados will suit your needs.

two whole avocados wrapped in plastic wrap

Freezing a whole avocado: 

If you buy several avocados while on sale or have one that’s ripe with nothing to use it in, you can freeze the whole avocado

an avocado sliced in half surrounded by lemon wedges

Freezing a half avocado:

You’ve used half of the avocado, but you don’t want to let the other half go to waste! Freezing the other avocado half will keep it fresh and ready to use whenever you need it. 

slices and chunks of avocado surrounded by slices of lemon and lime

Freezing sliced or diced avocado:

Freezing avocados in slices or chunks is a perfect way to have them prepped and ready for smoothies. Just make sure you squeeze lemon juice over the flesh of each fresh avocado slice to prevent browning.

a small baggie with mashed avocado inside

Freezing mashed avocado:

Freezing mashed or pureed avocado is perfect for when you’ll want to use it for guacamole or other dips and sauces.

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Frozen Avocado Ingredients

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice or lime juice
  • plastic wrap
  • freezer safe bag

Frozen Avocado Directions

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How to tell if an avocado is ripe

You can’t see how green the flesh is under the dark skin of the avocado, but you can feel it. Here are a few ways to tell when your avocado is the perfect ripeness to eat!

  • Apply pressure. If the avocado yields slightly when you gently press against the skin, it should be ripe! If you have to press hard to get it to budge, it’s not ripe enough. And, if it squashes under light pressure, it’s likely already rotten.
  • Test the stem. At the top of the avocado, there’s a small cap that covers the inside flesh of the avocado. Apply gentle pressure to the stem cap. If it comes off easily and you can see green flesh inside, you have ripe avocados. If the stem is difficult to remove with slight pressure, it may need another day or two to ripen.
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How to ripen an avocado quickly

It happens to the best of us- when all the avocados at the supermarket are hard as a rock, but you need them for your recipe the next day or you just have a craving for avocado toast. Naturally, avocados can take several days to get to peak ripeness, but there is a trick to help ripen avocados more quickly.

In a paper bag, store your avocado and a banana, apple, kiwi, peach, pepper, or tomato. These fruits all release ethylene gas, which can help speed up your avocado’s ripening process.

Within a day or two, your unripe avocado should be ready to use. Just be sure to check on it often as they can go from not ripe to rotten quickly!

Best way to store avocados in the refrigerator

A ripe, whole avocado can be stored in the refrigerator by just putting it in the produce drawer. If you’ve used part of an avocado and want to keep the rest fresh, here are a few tricks you can try.

  • Leave the skin and pit. If you’ve used just part of an avocado, leave the skin on the rest and keep the pit intact. Wrap any exposed green flesh with plastic and store in the refrigerator for 1-2 days.
  • Wrap tightly in plastic. If you have mashed avocado or have already made guacamole, store the avocado in a plastic or glass container and cover it tightly with plastic wrap. Ensure the plastic wrap is tightly touching the avocado (not just covering the top of the container) to prevent air from touching it. It should stay fresh for up to two days.
two avocado halves next to diced avocado and a few slices on a board

Ways to use frozen avocados

Once you freeze your avocado, don’t forget to take it out and use it! These are all fantastic recipes to put your thawed avocado or frozen avocado chunks to good use.

As an Appetizer

Avocado Fries
Avocado Wrapped in Bacon
Guacamole

Add to Meals

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Avocados
Grilled Steak Salad
Chicken Fajita Rice Bowl
Avocado Chicken Salad

In Smoothies

Cucumber Smoothie
Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
Keto Raspberry Smoothie

For Dessert

Keto Avocado Pudding
Avocado Brownies
Protein Pudding
Avocado Popsicles

Frozen Avocado: FAQS

Can you freeze guacamole?

Yes, you can freeze guacamole. One way is to add the guacamole to a plastic freezer bag and remove all of the air before freezing. You can also store it in a freezer-safe container, tightly press the top with plastic wrap to cover all exposed guac, then place the cover on the container. You can store guacamole for up to 3 months in the freezer.

What does an avocado taste like?

Avocados have a buttery, almost earthy flavor to them. They’re creamy and light in flavor, so adding them to various dishes, whether savory or sweet, is easy!

Is a brown avocado safe to eat?

Yes, the brown or gray coloring on the flesh of an avocado doesn't mean that it has spoiled. It's an enzymatic reaction to exposure to the oxygen in the air causing the fruit to produce brown spots called melanin. Even though it looks unappetizing and can taste bitter, a discolored avocado can still be safe to eat.

Can you freeze avocados?

Yes! You can freeze avocado whole, in halves, diced, or mashed. They stay fresh in the freezer and can be used in all of your favorite dishes once thawed.

Nutritional information & Macros

Nutrition Information

Frozen Avocado

Servings: 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 240
Fat 22g
Protein 3g
Total Carbs 12.8g
Net Carbs 2.8g

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