Avocados are a delicious food, recently gaining newfound popularity as a “superfood” after years of being largely ignored due to their high calorie count. This is why it is important to preserve avocados.
Why is it important to preserve avocados?
“Avocado oil consists of 71% monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA), 13% polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), and 16% saturated fatty acids (SFA), which helps to promote healthy blood lipid profiles and enhance bioavailability of fat soluble vitamins and phytochemicals from the avocado or other fruits and vegetables, naturally low in fat, which are consumed with avocados,” one article states. “There are eight preliminary clinical studies showing that avocado consumption helps support cardiovascular health. Exploratory studies suggest that avocados may support weight management and healthy aging.”(1)
While there are plenty of health benefits to avocados, they don’t keep particularly well – they’re typically only good for a few days, depending on how ripe they are when you buy them. Fortunately, they’re relatively easy to preserve in the freezer, if you know how to prepare them first.
Avocados are usually in season in the spring and fall, so using this method you can buy them in bulk when they’re affordable and preserve them for extended periods of time, saving you money in the long run in addition to being convenient.
What You’ll Need
To preserve avocados in the freezer successfully, you’ll need:
- An electric mixer or hand-held manual potato masher to crush the avocados
- Enough lemon juice to add one tablespoon of lemon juice for each avocado
- Some ziplock freezer bags
How To Freeze Avocados
There are a few different techniques you can use when preserving avocados. If you don’t have an electric mixer, for example, you can use a manual, hand-held potato masher to crush the avocados into a smooth paste – it works just as well, even if it takes a few minutes longer.
The bags should be large enough to store all the mashed avocado – you can also press the mashed avocado into ice cube trays, making convenient tablespoon-sized portions of avocado to add to smoothies and other recipes.
Finally, if you prefer the flavor of limes with avocado over lemons, you can use lime juice to help preserve the color and texture of the avocado instead of lemon juice.
Here’s the basic steps to preserving avocados:
1. Slice the avocados in half and throw away the pits, then scoop the flesh off the peels.
2. Mash the avocados using an electric mixer or hand-held potato masher. Add the lemon juice and mix well until the mixture is a creamy, smooth substance.
3. Spoon the mixture into the bags, seal and slowly squeeze all the air out of the bags.
You should be able to freeze these bags for up to a year.
Using Frozen Avocado Preserves
Once you’ve thawed out your frozen avocado preserves, you’ll want to use them within 24 hours. Perhaps the most obvious use for them is guacamole, which is always a popular choice for parties or just for a healthy snack. But you can also use it in smoothies, spread it on toast, use it as baby food, and substitute it for butter or oil in cooking recipes.