I love avocados! They are a great source of natural, healthy fats. I use them all the time – for homemade guacamole, as a salad dressing, in desserts and smoothies, diced on top of salads, or just eaten plain!
Luckily, I was recently able to purchase very cheap avocados in bulk from a local food storage distributor, for less than half the normal store price. Since I use them often, I decided to buy 20 and come home and freeze them as part of my food storage (now that avocados are expensive in the stores, I wish that I had bought more!). As I was picking through the already ripe avocados, I overheard a couple of ladies asking each other how to store them. So I thought this would be the perfect post, in case others have the same question!
Note: Freezing of avocados works best with a puree, so freezing them will mainly be helpful for recipes where you would normally use mashed, fresh avocados. You can also easily throw them into a smoothie or toss them with salad greens any day of the week!
STEPS TO FREEZE AVOCADOS
- Wait for avocado to ripen. (You know it is ripe because it will yield to gentle pressure when you squeeze it. The avocado will also change from a light green to a dark greenish/brown color when it is ripe, as shown in this picture.)
- Cut avocado in half, and remove the pit.
- Using a spoon, remove avocado from the peel, and mash it with a fork until it is a puree.
- Add 1 ½ teaspoons lemon juice for each avocado (bottled juice is fine). Mix or blend juice into the puree until it is smooth (it is okay if it has small chunks and is not completely smooth).
- Pack puree into a labeled, freezer safe container, leaving some room at the top for the avocado to expand. I leave about 1/2 inch. Seal container and freeze. If using a ziplock bag, remove all possible air before sealing the bag. If frozen properly, avocados can be frozen for up to one year and still retain their nutritional composition and overall quality.
TIP FOR FREEZING: I use quart sized, freezer quality ziplock bags to freeze my avocados, which I label with the date and number of avocados in each one. Ziplock bags are great because you can flatten them before freezing and then stack them on top of one another. That way, they store easily and take up relatively little room in your freezer.
TO USE AVOCADOS AFTER FREEZING: Remove the avocado puree from the freezer, allow it to thaw, and use it as you normally would in any recipe calling for mashed avocados.