How To Freeze Avocado
The only real issues people have with avocados is that they can sometimes be one of the most expensive fruits in the store and that they also have an extremely short shelf life. So, when avocados come into season and go on sale, you will want to stock up on them. But then again, if you buy lots you will need to work out how to use them all up before they stop being so fresh. Or alternatively you can freeze them. You need to learn how to freeze avocado effectively to maintain their taste and texture and there are a number of ways to do this.
If you want to achieve the best results in allowing your avocados to last longer, then it can be useful to puree them first. You may even find that you prefer to have your avocados mashed and then frozen, giving you a speedier way to spread your avocado on your breakfast toast or to help you make a quick guacamole.
Whichever way you decide to freeze avocados, the foremost thing you have to do is completely wash the outside under cool running water before you start. Next run a sharp knife around the avocado cutting in towards its centre until it splits open. Then empty the contents of how ever many avocados you have available to use into a clean bowl and mash with a fork. Equally put the avocado into a food process for a more uniform result. Mash up your avocados to your favoured texture going from smooth to something a little more chunky. Then pop into a freezer bag ensuring to remove any air and freeze.
You may wish to add half a tablespoon of lemon juice for every avocado that you use because lemons are very acidic, and this will help to prevent your thawed avocado from going brown at a later date. As a handy trick you can easily freeze pureed avocados if you put them into an ice-cube tray. As soon as your avocados and the juice have been pureed together, transfer this puree equally into the ice-cube tray. The minute the avocado is frozen in this way you can take it out of the ice cube tray and put them into a freezer bag. This makes it easier for you to thaw just the amount of avocado that you need to use at any one time. This is doubtless the best technique to freeze avocado it when you have to prepare meals for small children. Frozen avocado can keep well in your freezer for up to three months.
Freezing Chunked Avocados
Sometimes, it is not just the taste of a freshly frozen avocado that you are looking for, you may want to preserve the texture of the fruit for use in salads for example. After you have completely washed your avocados, you next need to peel them before you slice it into chunks sized dependent on your requirements. You can spray your avocados with lemon juice at this point. If you do not use lemon juice, then most likely your avocado chunks will go brown in the freezing process which will matter if you want them to look the same way as they did before you put them into the freezer.
Once you have cut up your avocado you should place the chunks separately onto a baking sheet ensuring that none of the chunks of fruit touch one another. Place the baking tray into your freezer for a few hours and as soon as the avocado pieces are frozen, you will be able to place them into a freezer bag to put back into your freezer for later use. By doing this you can then without difficulty take out just a handful chunks dependent on how many you want to use at any given time. When freezing without using a cookie sheet first, you will find that your chunks will clump together in a freezer bag and you might then need to unfreeze the whole bag as you will not be able to break the chunks apart.
Freezing Avocados Whole
Whole avocados do not really freeze very well as the inner flesh is protected by the outer skin and it will leave you with a strange fruit once thawed. You can try to freeze a whole avocado for a couple of days and then when you have thawed it, you can work out whether or not the fruits quality will be effective enough for your requirements.
When it comes to thawing a whole avocado, you do not have to sit around and wait for the whole avocado to become totally defrosted, you are able to cut it open and take out the fruit with a spoon. Move your avocado to your refrigerator to defrost overnight to make the whole process easier. You should find that the fruit will be fairly the same consistency as it was prior freezing, although you will get a better texture from chunked avocado. You will have to use up your whole avocado within 24 hours as otherwise it will begin to change color and lose all of its delicious flavor.
Using Frozen Avocado
There are lots of healthy breakfast choices that you can use frozen avocado’s for. Try adding them to your porridge or breakfast cereals. Use them in a blender with other fruits to make up a vitamin packed breakfast smoothie to start your day off in the right way. Also, guacamole is obviously the perfect way for using up mashed avocados.
Because of how easy it is to add frozen avocados to any recipe, then it is great to use it in family cooking and your kids can help to make various bakes and fruit pies. You may also wish to use defrosted avocado in homemade baby food. It can be used as simple but tasty dips for your next party or used in your baking as a healthy vegan substitute for butter.
So, when you next visit the store and there is a great deal on fresh avocados, you now know exactly how to freeze avocado.