How to Freeze Avocados
So can you toss a whole avocado straight into the freezer and forget about it? Not entirely – if only it were that easy!
Instead, there is a little bit of preparation involved to freeze avocados (almost) whole. Instead, it would help if you considered freezing your avocado in halves.
Before you get started, you need to cut your avocado in half and remove the stone as you normally would. Be careful, as always, when removing the stone. You don’t want to suffer from the infamous Avocado Hand.
Now you can get to preparing the avocado for freezing:
- Prevent Browning
Squeeze the juice from half a lemon across the two halves. This will reduce the chances of your avocado turning brown when you defrost it in future.
You need to wrap each avocado half in cling film and place it in the freezer on a plate. Leave them for several hours or overnight if possible.
- Final Freeze
When they have fully frozen, you can remove them from the plate and place them in a ziplock bag to retrieve as and when you need them. This flash freezing process will help protect the avocado when you freeze it for the longer term.
How to Freeze Avocado Dishes
Knowing how to freeze avocados is one thing but what if you want to freeze it in a dish that’s ready to go? Well, we’ve covered you:
How to Freeze Guacamole
Guacamole, or even avocado puree, is far easier to freeze than avocado halves, fortunately. The key thing to remember is that you need to do all you can to prevent air from getting to your guacamole, leading to oxidation. This is what turns your avocado a horrible colour.
Freezing guacamole takes just three simple steps: Make it, bag it, freeze it:
- Make Your Guacamole
First, you need to make your guacamole. Old school is always better so bash up a garlic clove, some green chilli and salt in a pestle and mortar until you have a smooth paste. Then add in your avocado with the juice from a lime and give it a good bash until it’s at the consistency you desire. If you want the best guacamole recipe, then check this out.
- Bag It Up
Once you’ve got your puree or guacamole, tip it into a zip lock bag, label it up with the date you made it.
- Freeze It
Place the bag in the freezer. To save on space in the freezer, try and keep the bags flat so that they freeze into stackable slabs.
How to Freeze Avocado Puree for a Baby
You actually need to use the same method described above for freezing guacamole – minus the garlic, chilli and seasonings of course.
One thing you really need to remember is to label your baby food clearly. You don’t want to accidentally feed your little one chilli-spiked guacamole instead of their usual avocado puree.
So make sure you label it clearly with ‘BABY food’. Make it so obvious that no one can make the mistake of feeding your baby the wrong avocado.
You can also freeze other purees for a baby. We’ve written about freezing banana puree which may be of interest to you.
4 Tips for Freezing Avocados
Now you know how to freeze avocados in a variety of ways, we’ve got our 4 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing them to have the best results:
- Always Use Ripe Avocados – When you freeze avocados, you halt the ripening process, and they will not ripen when thawed. That’s why it’s vital you use ripe avocados when freezing. Do NOT use unripe avocado as they will remain this way.
- Squeeze Lemon – Avocado will turn brown pretty quickly. Giving it a quick squeeze of lemon can help to prevent some of this browning. It’s not foolproof, but it will help.
- Don’t Eat with Your Eyes – Frozen and thawed avocado will not have that vibrancy you’re used to when eating an avocado. It will be dull in colour and will look at bit dodgy. The good news is it will still taste delicious, so try to avoid eating with your eyes.
- Avoid Freezing Slices – The more cuts you make in your avocado, the greater the chance of browning. We’d recommend only freezing avocado in halves.
How Long Can You Freeze Avocados?
Your frozen avocados Remember it’s always a great idea to label your frozen produce, so you know when it was frozen and when it needs using by. If you keep it in the freezer beyond this point, your avoid will be fine, but there is a huge risk it will degrade in flavour and rapidly turn brown.
You Can Freeze Avocado for up to 6 Months
How Do You Defrost Avocados?
You will want to use different techniques for defrosting your avocado depending on how you’ve frozen it. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered below:
How to Defrost Avocado Halves
To defrost your avocado halves, place them on a plate in the fridge and leave for around 18hrs or overnight if possible.
However, if you plan to use your avocado in a smoothie, you can actually use it straight from the freezer. A lot of smoothie recipes will require the addition of ice to keep it nice and cold.
Instead of using both ice and avocado, you can take advantage of your frozen avocado by throwing it straight into the blender with your other ingredients. Why not test this theory out using this smoothie recipe?
How to Defrost Guacamole
You can thaw guacamole like you thaw most other products. Take it out of the freezer, place it on a plate in the fridge and leave overnight or for around 18hrs until it has fully thawed.
However, with purees like guacamole, you can speed this up by placing the bag into a bowl of cold water. Don’t be tempted to use hot or warm water as this will thaw it too quickly.
Can You Refreeze Avocados?
Unfortunately, avocado is very sensitive so when you freeze then thaw it, you’ll already have broken down some of the texture and lost some of the flavours. If you were to refreeze it, then you’ll only impact the texture and flavour further.
It should remain safe if you were to refreeze it, but it won’t be the most enjoyable eating experience, so it’s something we would avoid doing.
Do Avocados Freeze Well?
If you’re comparing fresh to frozen, then it has to be fresh, unfortunately. You’ve probably seen what happens when you leave an avocado out on the side for just a few minutes… The same happens as you thaw avocado.
There isn’t a huge difference between frozen or fresh in terms of taste, but the colour can be off-putting if it does turn particularly brown. Of course, if the option is throwing it in the bin or freezing it, do what you can to avoid wasting it.
If you’ve still got questions about freezing avocados or avocado in general, then these may help:
How Do You Freeze Avocado for Smoothies?
If you enjoy having the hit of avocado in your smoothie then you can freeze it. This is a great way to preserve avocado whilst also cooling your smoothie down. Simply use the method above for freezing avocado halves.
Be warned, however, that you won’t get that rich green colour once the avocado has been thawed. It can, in fact, turn your smoothie slightly brown.
Can You Freeze Avocado Slices?
Like most things, it’s possible to freeze avocado slices but don’t expect to use them on toast as they won’t freeze well at all.
When it comes to freezing avocado, you want to make the fewest number of cuts into the flesh as possible to avoid air getting to it. Therefore, we’d advise using the method at the top of this page for freezing avocado halves and then slicing it when it has thawed.
Can You Freeze Mashed Avocado?
When it comes to mashed avocado, you can use the same method we have used for freezing guacamole and baby food. Just place it into a freezer bag, seal it up while squeezing the air out and place it into the freezer. Removing as much air as possible is vital as it will help to prevent freezer burn.
Can You Freeze Avocado Oil?
Avocado oil will last for around a year after opening it. Therefore, there is a very slim chance you’ll actually need to freeze it to prolong its life. However, perhaps you want to freeze something in an ice cube tray using avocado oil?
Well, the good news is that you can freeze it and it will freeze just like most other natural oils. This is great if you want to make a herb mix but want to try avocado oil instead of olive oil.
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