Can you freeze avocado?
- Nyleve May 23, 2006 12:39 PM
I bought a bunch of avocados and somehow didn't get around to using them. I'm not sure if this is a stupid question or not - but can you freeze the pulp to use in guacamole etc. afterward? I hate to let them go and I just can't use them right now.
I had an avocado tree that produced 250 avocados--in...November.
Despite getting rid of all air, and covering them with lemon juice etc., they always had a wierd texture after freezing. Perhaps if you use them for a recipe which requires pureed avocados (soup or ice cream) you will be fine.
From the California Avocado Commission:
Storing or Freezing California Avocados
Ripe fruit can be stored in the refrigerator uncut for two to three days.
To store cut fruit, sprinkle it with lemon or lime juice or white vinegar and place it in an air-tight covered container in your refrigerator. Eat within a day or two.
If refrigerated guacamole turns brown during storage, simply discard the top, browned layer.
When you have an abundance of fresh fruit, consider freezing it. Although avocados are not satisfactorily frozen whole or sliced, pureed avocados freeze very well and can be used in salads, sandwiches and dips.
Wash, seed and peel the fruit as described above.
Puree the flesh, adding one tablespoon of lemon juice for each two pureed avocados. Pack the puree into a rigid container, leaving 1 inch of headspace.
Seal and label the containers.
Freeze and use within four to five months.
Since one can buy pretty decent frozen guacamole, it certainly is possible, though I can't tell you how.
I expect others will post, but if not you might look at the ingredients panel of some frozen guacamoles for hints. Otherwise, I'd guess that the higher the oil content, the better the outcome.
I actually bought a bag of frozen avocade halves at the grocery store this last weekend. I chopped them up and used them in salsa and they tested just fine. That was the first time I had even seen this product. Neat idea.
Trader Joe's has/had frozen avocados that were, to me, surprisingly good. I wouldn't have thought you could freeze them. Unfortunately, the two TJs near me have stopped carrying them--don't know whether this is a company policy or just local inventory adjustment. In any case, it can be done successfully, but I have no idea how TJs does it.
Thanks, everyone, for the answers. I will mash them slightly, mix with lime juice and pack tightly to freeze. I will report back when I defrost them as to their condition. This will be a true revelation if it works. I often overbuy avocados and then can't use them when they ripen.