Camping and road tripping are great fun for the whole family, but they require careful planning. You need to think about stops along the way and where you’ll sleep each night, as well as food, especially the ingredients for your meals.
Avocados make an ideal road trip companion, so pack a few. You may want to kick back and relax with a bowl of freshly made guacamole and chips and a cold drink after a full day of exploring. The next morning, wake up and feed your family avocado toast for breakfast for an extra energy boost.
Worried about how you’ll keep your avocados fresh for the trip? Take a deep breath and relax! This guide will show you how to keep avocados fresh and free from bruises in the cooler.
Before you hit the road, a trip to the grocery store is in order. You want to buy the freshest avocados. How can you tell when an avocado is ripe? This handy video shows you what to look for. Pick the one that yields to a little pressure and refrain from pinching it, as it’ll bruise.
Rinse the avocados and pat them dry before you pack them in your cooler for the trip. Store them stem-end up in an airtight stackable container with a snug fit. You want to avoid rubbing or pressure damage. There’s nothing more disappointing than finding brown spots in your avocado! Alternatively, you can place the fruit by itself near the top of the cooler to avoid crushing and bruising. It may be a good idea to give it some bubble-wrap love for extra protection. The kids (or you — we won’t tell!) can pop the bubbles for fun afterward!
If the avocado isn’t quite as ripe as you’d like, this video shows you how to ripen it with a paper bag. Add a banana for extra ethylene gas, which helps ripen fruit. Remember to check often and to keep it out of the cooler because low temperatures slow the maturing process.
You’re all set to pack your avocados for your camping trip. They’ll keep fresh and bruise free until you start cooking. Now, go and create memories with your loved ones!