If we are not going to use all of our avocado and want to keep part of it, we can sprinkle the remainder with lemon juice or olive oil, to avoid having it turn brown.
Avocados are one of the most versatile foods. People enjoy them in recipes, plain or as a puree. They also use them as cosmetic face masks and for various natural treatments.
The only disadvantage, which you surely have already noticed, is that avocados tend to turn brown very quickly. They lose their fresh appearance and adopt a dark color which makes them look unappealing to eat later.
Most people know that to take maximum advantage of the benefits of this food, it is important to consume the whole fruit as soon as possible.
Here we give you some tips to keep your avocados for a longer period of time.
Preserve your whole avocados
After buying avocados store them in a paper bag or in newspaper. Even though you can skip this step, doing it will help the fruit mature faster.
Without this bag, an avocado can take up to 7 days to ripen, which is fine if you have purchased it to eat several days later.
In case you would like it to ripen faster, put an apple or a banana inside the paper bag and leave it at room temperature.
So that the avocados remain green, place them far from sunlight and don’t refrigerate them. Slowing down the ripening process can cause avocados to over-ripen and begin to rot.
- Check the avocados daily.
- Gently squeeze them to find out how ripe they are. If the avocado is ripe, the peel will have a slight indent when you gently push on it.
- You can keep the avocados at room temperature for a week if they are still green.
To preserve cut avocados
With the help of a brush cover both halves with lemon or lime juice on the exposed surface of the fruit. Dong this will slow down the oxidation process.
If you don’t have lemon or lime juice you can use orange juice, vinegar, or tomato juice. Then put the two halves together. The idea is to limit exposure to air as much as possible.
Then wrap the avocado in cellophane (Saran wrap).
clean container, in a sealed plastic bag, or in a vacuum bag. The objective is to avoid exposing the fruit to the air.
Refrigerate the avocado and place it wrapped in the refrigerator for a few days until it ripens.
To preserve whole ripe avocados
Put the avocados in a plastic bag, take out all of the air that you can and close it. Refrigerate to reduce the speed of ripening.
Keeping them in the refrigerator will allow them to last much longer than if you leave them out. This will prevent them from decomposing.
If the avocados become too soft or if there are permanent indentations, they are not fit for consumption.
To preserve ripe avocados without the seed
If your avocados no longer have the seed, you should place a coating of lemon juice across the exposed areas. You can also use juice of any citrus juice or olive oil.
Even though olive oil doesn’t actually reduce oxidation, it will seal out the air.
- Wrap the fruit in cellophane wrap or in a plastic bag.
- If you use olive oil instead of citrus juice, it’s best to wrap it in cellophane as the combination will seal the fruit more effectively.
- Finally, refrigerate the avocado.
To preserve cut ripe avocados with the seed
Leave in the seed of the avocado instead of taking it out of the side you did not use. This will decrease the speed of oxidation. Wrap the avocado with cellophane.
Refrigerate and periodically check the avocado. Generally, a ripe cut avocado that is stored in this way will last one or two days before it is over ripe.
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Freeze your avocados
To do this, you need to cut the avocado in half with a very sharp knife. Cut the avocado in half lengthwise and separate the halves, take out the seed and peel the halves.
Scoop out the pulp of the fruit with a spoon or directly with your fingers if the avocado is ripe at this point. Make a puree with the pulp or mash it before putting it in the refrigerator.
If you freeze it whole or in pieces, the avocado will change its appearance or lose its texture, flavor or quality.
- Add a tablespoon of lemon juice and put the rest of the pulp in the blender.
- Blend until it has a uniform and smooth texture.
- Put the puree in a clean container and put in the freezer.
It will keep for six months if you store it in this way. This method is great if you use it for a spread, in smoothies, or in sauces.
These are easy and simple ways to keep your avocados. You don’t need many items or much money to make many recipes with this fruit that you love and can preserve for 6 months.