Storing Your Avocados And Guacamole And Taking Care Of The Brown Oxidation When It Occurs
For most of the year in many states, avocados are incredibly expensive, if they’re even available. Then, about mid-summer, suddenly they are on sale for cheap. You want to buy them all but you know it’s hard to store your favorite fruits because they spoil easily.
Here are some of the best tips on extending the life of avocados and your favorite guacamole.
Start By Choosing Unripe Avocados At The Store
You can feel how soft an avocado is by just picking it up and giving it a light pinch with your fingertips. If you’re going to be making guacamole that day, then you’ll want a fruit that is slightly soft to the touch, but not overly soft.
Get just enough ripe fruits to make what you want that day. Then, buy some extras that are hard to the touch for the following days.
If you want an unripe avocado to ripen up, you can put it in a bag with a ripe banana for overnight, and most likely it will be good and soft by the next day. This is because there is a gas called ethylene that ripe fruits, especially bananas, emit that helps ripen other fruits.
It’s an all-natural way to choose the fruits you want to use and ripen them for when you need them. Then you can let the rest of the avocados sit, either until the next day to use the banana trick again, or ripen slowly on their own.
By using this one trick you can extend the life of your avocados to be used over about 5 days, but it takes some practice. You’ll need to check your fruits at least once or twice per day because once they start to ripen, it happens quickly and you don’t want to miss eating a fresh, ripe one, ever.
If they do start to ripen too much, put them in the refrigerator to extend their time by about 1-2 more days until your ready to use them.
Don’t Cut Them Open Until You Need Them
Once you cut one of your avocados open, it will immediately start to oxidize and turn from green to brown. It can happen in just a few hours depending on the temperature. Leaving the seed in contact with the fruit or even embedding in your guacamole will extend the life for about an extra half of a day.
Another extender is to add some lemon or lime juice to the top of your guacamole. This stops the oxidation because of the acid they contain which is a natural preservative. If you don’t have any lemons, oranges will work, as will vinegar, or even tomatoes.
Some acids, like the vinegar, you’d want to pour off the top of your guacamole before you mix it up and serve it. Others, like the lemon juice, taste great mixed in, and many recipes list that as an ingredient.
Can You Eat Brown Guacamole?
Yes, you can, it’s merely oxygen from the air that has combined with the avocado to change the color. You should, however, keep your guacamole tightly covered with a lid or plastic wrap and include the before-mentioned acidic fruits as a preservative to extend the “green-time” longer.
For the most part, the brown is harmless, but it is an indication that the guacamole is beginning to spoil. Keep it in the fridge, tightly covered, and sprinkled with lemon juice for the longest preservation.
You Can Actually Freeze Avocados
Some people are lucky enough to have their own tree, but even they have months of the year where they miss their favorite fruits. The best way to freeze avocados is to slice them up and spread them on a cookie sheet.
Sprinkle lemon juice on the slices liberally, and then stick them all in the freezer. Once they are frozen solid, put them all in a large freezer bag, remove as much air as possible, and then place back in the freezer. They are good for about 3 months or more.
Cheating nature to extend the lives of your favorite fruits, the avocados, is well worth it. They are very healthy for your body and taste fantastic any time you can get them. Hopefully, these tips will extend your season to help satisfy your love of guacamole too.