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How to Freeze
Avocados

Did you buy too many avocado, and are you worried you won’t be able to use them before they go bad, even after using our tips on the best way to store avocados? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Did you know you can freeze avocados? Well, you can! Although the texture will be a little different than fresh avocados, it’s a good option if you know you won’t be able to use all your avocados in time and don’t want them to go to waste. Below we've listed our tips for the best way to freeze avocados.

  1. Cut the ripe avocado and remove its pit and skin.
  2. Mash the avocado pieces to the texture that you like the best.
  3. Add the mashed avocado to a zip-tight freezer bag.
  4. Remove the air from the bag and seal it. Be sure to label the bag with the date!
  5. Put the bag of mashed avocado in the freezer.

How to Thaw Frozen Avocados

Now that you’ve got your avocados in the freezer, you’re probably wondering how to thaw them when you’re ready to make your famous Mexican guacamole recipe. Here are some tips for thawing your frozen avocado:

  1. Fill a bowl with cold water.
  2. Remove the bag of frozen avocado from the freezer and place in the water. Make sure all the chilled fruit is in contact with water.
  3. Periodically check your avocado to see how it is thawing.
  4. Once the fruit is thawed, add to your favorite recipe or put in the refrigerator for use later.

Common Questions about Freezing Avocados

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU FREEZE AVOCADOS?

  • Whole, sliced or cubed

    The water in avocados expands when frozen, so the fruit may lose its texture and get mushy after thawing. Therefore, whole, cubed and sliced avocados don’t freeze as well as mashed avocados.

  • MASHED

    Freezing mashed avocados is probably your best option, since it is already mushy and won't change much once thawed.

  • GUACAMOLE

    It is often better to freeze mashed guacamole without the diced tomato and onion and add them later because the guacamole can become watery after the other vegetables thaw.

Is frozen avocado as good as fresh?

Because water expands when it freezes, the texture of the avocado will change as it freezes. This means the texture of a frozen and thawed avocado will be different from the texture of a fresh avocado. This is why we recommend mashing the avocado before freezing.

How long will avocados keep in the freezer?

To get the best taste, eat frozen avocados within a few months of freezing. Also, don't forget to stick the date on the label of your frozen avocados because it's easy to forget.

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