Say what? Freeze an avocado? How does it not get all brown and gross?? Yes! You can freeze an avocado, now stop throwing out your unused perfectly ripe avocados freeze them instead letting you save money.
I’m not the only ones who has had avocado’s go bad on them right? I mean how many times do we buy avocado’s, 100% sure that we’re going to use them (especially if they are on sale!) only to have at least half of them go rotten because you didn’t actually use them?
Let’s not mention the fact that you have like a day to use them up.
Yesterday, there were no ripe avocados, today, there are 4.
But don’t worry! You’ll now have a way that you can save your avocados! You can now freeze them so that you stop wasting the food AND your money.
Doesn’t freezing avocados make them turn brown?
NOPE. I was shocked actually. But when they are frozen they don’t turn brown! When you’re defrosting them, you do need to eat them quickly, because just like fresh avocado, once it’s defrosted and hits the air too long, it will turn brown.
Now shockingly enough, you even have the option on how to freeze an avocado!
How to freeze avocado: 4 ways
Halves: This method is the simplest, least time involving one. Simply cut your avocado in half, remove the pit and the peel. Place on a sheet pan and flash freeze it in the freezer. Once it’s frozen you can transfer the halves into a freezer bag.
Can I freeze a whole avocado?
No, well you can, but it’ll take to long for the center of the avocado to defrost, and then it’ll leave you with a mushy avocado that’s brown on the outside before the center is defrosted.
Slices: To freeze avocado slices, simply cut your avocado in half, remove the pit, cut it into slices, and remove the peel. Lay on parchment paper or a Silpat mat and freeze. Once the slices are frozen move them to a freezer bag.
Chunks: To freeze avocado chunks, cut the avocado in half, remove the pit, cut into slices and remove from the pit and then cut the slices into chunks. Then lay the chunks on parchment paper or Silpat mat and freeze on a cookie sheet. Once the chunks are frozen, place them in a freezer bag.
Puree: To freeze avocado puree, first, remove the peel and pit from the avocado, then use a fork, potato masher or your blender/ food processor to puree. Add a squeeze lemon juice. (I do a couple of drops for each avocado. Spoon the avocado puree into small freezer bags and lay flat on a sheet pan and freeze.
Your best off, putting the mashed avocado into the small snack bags or sandwich bags, squeeze the air out and squish them out flat.
This will allow it to defrost much quicker so that your avocado doesn’t turn brown before completely defrosted.
Freezing avocado in an ice cube tray
Alternatively, if you want to have only small portions of mashed avocado for baby food or smoothies, simply load up your ice cube tray and smooth out the tops (optional) then freeze. Once the cubes are frozen remove them from the tray and place them in a freezer bag in the freezer.
How long can I keep an avocado in the freezer?
You can keep your avocados in the freezer for 3-6 months. However, I have noticed that after 1-2 months they do start to turn brown. I have used them for smoothies like that without noticing the difference, but I wouldn’t use them for fresh if they have been in there more than a month.
Is frozen avocado as good as fresh?
While frozen avocado doesn’t lose its texture from being frozen, you do need to eat it immediately, because it will turn brown and mushy faster than a fresh avocado.
How to thaw avocados
Either place your avocado in the fridge overnight. I find this only works best for the half avocado. Alternatively, you can place your bag of avocados in a bowl with cold water.
If you’re able to keep a close eye on your thawing avocado, defrost on the counter.
How to use frozen avocado slices
Use your frozen avocado any way that you would use fresh avocado! Use it on toast, rice cakes, crackers, etc. You can also pop them in smoothies once the slices are defrosted.
How to use frozen avocado in smoothies
Simply defrost your avocado puree, and add it to your smoothie.
There you have it! All the ways you can freeze an avocado, hopefully now you don’t have them go to waste anymore.