Freezing Avocados Review – Does it Work?

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Avocados are the yummy, creamy fruit from an avocado tree.  They are picked when mature, but unripe, and then ripen over a few days at room temperature.  They can be rather expensive: up to $2 each, unless you live in Southern California where most of the US crop is grown.  Sometimes however, you can find a great sale when the grocer has an abundance of ripened fruit he needs to get off his hands.  But then what?  Unless you are planning to pig out on guacamole that day, you need to find a way to preserve them.  Can you freeze avocados for later use without impacting the flavor or texture?

The Good

  • Better for you – avocados are a super healthy fruit, with tons of good vitamins, minerals and antioxidants
  • Saves money – freezing avocados allows you to buy in bulk at a discount
  • Saves time – you can have fresh avocado puree ready for dinner anytime you want it – prep work already done

The Bad

  • Takes a little bit of up-front work when you bring that giant bag of ripe-right-now avocados

My Experience

With a new baby due to arrive shortly, I’ve been working to fill my freezer with nutritious home cooked food that we can quickly and easily prepare in those first blurry months.  Mexican food seems to be one of the easiest types of meals to prep and freeze ahead of time.  My family loves Mexican food, and when we have it, guacamole is a must!

But fresh guacamole is not exactly on the quick and easy list.  Our favorite recipe for it takes about 20 minutes of prep time – that’s a lot for a condiment!  (But this recipe is sooooo good that I pretty much always make it this way).   And you also have to plan the shopping and menu just right to ensure that the avocados are ripe on the day you need them.  All of this takes guacamole off my post-baby menu…  Or does it?

I started brainstorming, and wondered if I could FREEZE guacamole to go along with our yummy frozen enchiladas  or chicken nachos.  A quick Google search informed me that freezing guacamole doesn’t work out so well, but that freezing avocado puree was doable!  And quick and simple guacamole was especially doable if I used frozen then thawed avocado puree in the easiest guacamole recipe ever (1 cup avocado puree + 1 tbs prepared salsa, from Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook ).

I waited until avocados went on sale at my local Sprouts Farmers Market.  3 for $1!!  They were small and ripe-this-second, but the price was awesome.  I bought 12!  I also picked up a few limes.  That afternoon I scooped out the flesh of all the ripe avocados, and mashed in a bowl with the juice from 3 or 4 limes.  The internet suggests approximately 1 tbs lime juice for every avocado – this of course would vary with your size of avocado and your taste for limes.  The limes add a nice flavor, and also prevent your puree from turning brown.

I packed up the puree into airtight, 2 cup containers – just about the same amount that we would want with a meal. I planned our favorite chicken nachos for dinner later in the week to give it a test run.  The morning I needed it, I pulled the avocado puree out of the freezer and let it thaw in the fridge.  By dinner time it was only slightly slushy in the middle.  I stirred in some prepared salsa, called it guacamole, and served it up with dinner.  YUM!!  We could not tell any difference between the frozen avocado puree, and fresh!

Overall freezing avocados worked great!  I saved a lot of money by purchasing the avocados in a large quantity while they were on sale.  I also saved tons of time by prepping the avocados before freezing.  Now whenever I want guacamole I can do a quick thaw, and be most of the way there!  I’m looking forward to lots of yummy Mexican food (prepped by my husband!) once the new baby arrives.

Have you every tried freezing avocados?  What other quick freezer tricks do you have?

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38 Responses to Freezing Avocados Review – Does it Work?

  1. Carol says:

    Oh wow, thank you for posting this. I’ve started dabbling in food preservation to find ways to take advantage of in season produce at low prices. I would never have thought freezing avocado would work, so this is great. Thanks!

  2. Hi, I did this last year and it saved use a ton of money buy not buying fresh avos in winter time. the avos once defrosted they were passable but really weren’t as amazing as fresh avocados. Still is a wonderful way to save money. Good on you. M xx

  3. calliope says:

    This weekend i actually froze a lot of avocados cut in half without the pit.
    I’ll let you know how this turned out!

  4. I pinned this to my freezer cooking board. Thanks : )

  5. Awesome! Unfortunately Avo doesn’t last in my house.. or should I rather say fortunately? :) We are very lucky to have access to Avo all year round as well. + :)

  6. Michelle says:

    Saw this linked @ Hearth & Soul. Good info to have! Thanks for sharing. Taking advantage of this next time I see a sale.

  7. CelloMom says:

    Cool, I want to try this!

  8. Lauren says:

    I often freeze my avocados for smoothies and use them in place of bananas for a lower sugar treat! :-)

  9. This is awesome! I have never tried to freeze avocado but I will definitely try it now:) Thanks so much for posting!

  10. Jeannie says:

    Thank you, this is a great idea, I will certainly give it a try.
    Jeannie

  11. I have always wondered about freezing avocado. Thanks for the review. Now I will be looking for the sales. Probably the Monday after Superbowl will be a good day to shop for them.

  12. Wow! I had no idea! We absolutely adore guacamole so this will come in handy for us. Thanks so much for sharing and enlightening me!

    Visiting from Down Home Blog Hop :)

  13. Brandi says:

    Good to know! I love making homemade guacamole. Will try next time they go on sale. :)

  14. Great info. Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday’s Adorned From Above Blog Hop 36.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above
    Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
    Nichi @ The Mandatory Mooch

  15. Laura says:

    I never thought to mash avocados & freeze them that way. I usually halve them, take out the seed. Scoop out each half intact, then place 2 halves in a freezer zip top bag. Squeeze every last bit of air out – a straw works great for this! – then freeze bags in a single layer in the freezer. After thawing, they can be cut up into chunks, though the texture will be slightly soft. Or – my favorite – add guacamole seasonings directly to the defrosted bag, reseal, and squish & squeeze to miss thoroughly, then dump it into a bowl to serve. Or cut off a corner & squeeze guac onto tacos, nachos, etc. Yum!

  16. Lena says:

    My Mexican friends don’t freeze avocados — they don’t have to — but have a great trick that works for me. If they’re going to use only half an avocado, they store the remainder WITH THE SEED in the fridge. Taking out the seed makes the flesh turn brown.

    • Victoria says:

      Yes! I’ve been successful with short term storage in the fridge with the seed in, and plastic wrap stuck directly to the avocado flash.

  17. I also never thought to freeze avocados. I’ll have to try it.

  18. Jelli says:

    I’ve never tried freezing pureed avocado, but the other day I realized I’d absentmindedly placed a whole avocado in the freezer. Husband thawed it out and said the middle was a little watery. I don’t recommend freezing them whole ;) Thankfully, we live in the tropics, so we’ve got plentiful avocados year-round, much to my husband’s delight.

  19. Jenni James says:

    Hello, I just wanted to say you CAN freeze Guacamole! The store bought “Wholey Mole” could be frozen with no problem so I tried it. Make your Guacamole and put in container and press plastic wrap directly on the mixture, removing all the air then lid with an air tight seal. ( am sure you could do this in an zip-top bag Thaw in refrigerator and Voila! Your favorite Guacamole at hand!
    It has worked for me, try it hopefully you will have the same results. Enjoy!

    • Victoria says:

      I’ll have to try. On subsequent tastings, my husband has noted that he doesn’t like the quick and simple guac recipe from above. I’m still looking for a quick and easy and super yummy guac solution.

      • Jenni James says:

        Hello again! Thanks for replying, I make my guacamole with green chili (7-8 oz) to 2 extra large Avocados or 4 small to medium fruits. I use at least 1/2 white onion, chili powder, garlic (minced) and usually cilantro. It freezed well for me, but remember to get ALL the air out before freezing, also chill it in the fridge to have the flavors meld but other than that it is a Breeze to Freeze and to keep it from forming excessive crystals, it will have crystals but they melt and the texture is just fine. Hope your husband likes this recipe. Have a great Thursday Evening and enjoy your upcoming weekend.

  20. Angela says:

    This is so cool! I have often wondered if avocado freezes well and now I know!
    Thanks for sharing on Natural Living Monday!

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  22. Sharon says:

    I am so glad you mentioned you are having a baby. Avacdo is a fantastic
    First food for babies. Our 4th baby is 5 months old and I am just about
    To start feeding her avacado. With all of my kids I mash he avacado
    And freeze them in an icecube tray. It is the perfect size for a baby.
    I learned that you can freeze mashed/puréed avacado from a top notch
    Book called Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaren. As a mom to a new baby
    It is a must. Start reading it a month or so before you start feeding baby
    Solid foods.

    • Victoria says:

      Yes! I’ve fed fresh, mashed avocados to both of my other babies. One loved it, the other refused, as she didn’t want anything that was pureed. Now both my kids love avocado and happily eat chunks of it on the side of anything.

  23. Bebe says:

    I had heard that you could freeze avocados and when I had several ripe at one time a few months back I tried it. The instructions were to halve the avocados and freeze them in a single layer on a baking sheet, then when frozen put them in a zipper bag. I did it that way, except I squeezed lime or lemon juice over the cut surface to keep it from discoloring. Plus I put a bit of plastic wrap over each half before freezing.
    We just tried them for the first time last night. Set them out on the counter to thaw, scooped the flesh out after about two hours and just started mashing with a fork. I was surprised that they were not watery (but the centers were still a bit frozen when I started mashing, that might have made a bit of a difference). The taste before seasoning was a bit, well, odd, but after seasoning with my usual: liberal salt, a bit of garlic powder and lime juice, plus a couple tablespoons of our favorite salsa (lots of fresh cilantro and hot peppers!) it was fine and no one seemed to notice anything comment worthy about the texture or flavor. My 4 kids at home are all teens and believe me, if something is off SOMEone says something!
    Bottom line: I would do it again in a heartbeat if I had access to good avocados at a good price.

  24. I’ve heard of freezing avocados, but wondered if the quality would deteriorate at all. It’s so good to know that it works so well. Thank you for sharing this excellent review with The Hearth and Soul bloghop.

  25. Hannah says:

    This is VERY good to know. Thanks for sharing with us at Eco-Kids Tuesday! Please join us again this week! http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2013/01/an-enchanted-childhood-playschool_26.html

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