How to Freeze Ripe Avocados
If you’re like me, you hate to waste food. This post will share how to freeze ripe avocados that you can use later in smoothies, guacamole, and pudding.
Avocados are ripe when they are soft to the touch. You’ll know when an avocado is not ripe because it will be very hard, like a baseball. Sometimes it can take up to several weeks for an avocado to ripen on the countertop. If you want to help it ripe faster, you can always place an avocado in a paper bag for a few days.
Since I have been paying someone to do shop for my groceries while I’m staying at home, I don’t have the privilege of selecting my individual products anymore. So, when I asked for my shopper to pick me up a bag of avocadoes recently, he came back with six fruits that were almost on the verge of being over-ripe.
Rather than let them go bad, I decided to freeze them to use later. Here’s how to do it.
How to Freeze Avocados
The first step for freezing ripe avocados is to give them a quick wash. It’s always a good idea to wash avocados before cutting them to help prevent food borne illness.
Use a sharp knife to cut each avocado in half. Use a spoon to scoop out the pit and discard.
Use your spoon to scoop out each half of the avocado and transfer to a zip-top plastic bag or silicone storage bag. Seal the bag and place it in the freezer for up to 2 months.
How can I tell when an avocado has gone bad?
There are a few ways to tell when an avocado is rotten. If you avocado smells bad or is very mushy, then you will need to throw it away. Don’t worry about a few brown spots on the flesh, but it should still be about 65% green when you cut it in half.
If your avocado is visibly moldy or is more than 35% brown all the way through, then you should throw it away.
However, if your ripe avocado doesn’t smell bad and has some nice firm green spots left on it, then you can probably cut away the bad parts and still freeze the good parts.
What can I do with frozen avocados?
You can serve frozen avocados almost the same way you would use a fresh avocado. Once you have frozen it, though, you will need to de-frost it in the refrigerator for about 12-24 hours first. Then, you can use it in guacamole, on avocado toast, in a chocolate pudding, or on top of a salad.
The texture of a frozen-then-defrosted avocado is about 80% of a fresh avocado. In other words, the texture won’t be perfect, but it will be very good. And, the flavor should be the same.
Other Guides to Freezing Food
Here is the printable guide for freezing avocados:
- Ripe Bananas
- Zip Top Bag
- Baking sheet
- Peel your bananas.
- Slice the bananas or break them into lage chunks.
- Lay the peeled bananas chunks on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
- Freeze the baking sheet for at least 2 hours before transferring the bananas to a zip top bag.
You can keep frozen bananas in the freezer for up to 2 months.