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