I love avocados, and use them in half the dishes I make. They're in season all year round (thanks to growing seasons in the US, Mexico, and Peru). But, I'll often find that they're on sale at specific points of the year. If I find avocados close to $1.50 per pound, I usually buy them in bulk to freeze! So if you're wondering how to preserve or freeze avocados, or what to do with frozen avocado, jump right in. And don't forget to check out these awesome recipes featuring avocado as the star.
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📋 Ingredients and notes
You'll need avocados, fresh lemon juice, some plastic wrap (or beeswax paper) and some airtight containers or bags (and maybe a baking sheet!)
🥑 Freezing whole avocado or avocado halves
Whole avocados can be frozen for 3 to 6 months! I freeze avocados whole or as halves when I am crunched for time. This way, you can decide later how you want to use them.
- Start by rinsing the avocados - this helps get rid of any dirt on the skin that might transfer inside as you slice them open. Dry them thoroughly.
- If you're storing the whole avocado, wrap each one tightly with a plastic wrap or beeswax paper.
- If you're storing avocado halves, then slice them into halves. No need to remove the seed. Sprinkle a little lemon juice on each half. Then, wrap each piece tightly with plastic wrap or beeswax paper.
- Place each avocado (or half) in a freezer bag and seal tight by pressing around the avocado to remove air pockets.
🥑 Freezing avocado slices or cubes
Sliced or cubed avocados are great for using in smoothies, avocado ice cream or mousse!
- Rinse and dry the avocados thoroughly to get rid of any dirt
- Slice the avocado into two halves and remove the pit
- Use a spoon to scoop the avocado flesh out, and then cut them into thin slices or cubes (remove any brown parts!)
- Next, line a baking sheet with some parchment paper or a silicon mat. Place your avocado slices or cubes on the baking sheet.
- Throw these in the freezer for at least an hour - this is called flash freezing, and will help keep your avocado pieces separate (otherwise, if you throw them all straight into a bag, you just get a glob!)
- Once they're individually frozen, you can transfer them to an airtight container or a freezer bag, and store them in the freezer.
🥑 Frozen mashed avocado
Mashed up avocados are great to prepare ahead of time for awesome guacamole whenever you need it. You could also serve this on some fabulous avocado toasts (check out these avocado toast topping ideas)
- Rinse and dry the avocados thoroughly to get rid of any dirt
- Slice the avocado into two halves and remove the pit.
- Use a spoon to scoop the avocado flesh out, and place them in a bowl or a food processor after removing brown parts. You can use a fork for chunky texture or a food processor if you want it smooth.
- Make sure to drizzle a bit of lemon juice as you're mashing. You can totally just add some onions, jalapenos, cilantro and freeze as guac!
- Portion into individual sizes in airtight containers (I typically do one avocado per container) and then freeze!
👩🏽🍳Top tips and FAQs
Frozen avocados are a great way to stock up on the fruit when they're less expensive. While frozen avocados lose some of the creamy texture you get from fresh avocados, they're a great way to prevent food waste! You'll be able to further preserve the flavor and texture with these tips.
- Picking the right avocados. You'll want ripe avocados before you freeze them. Otherwise they don't ripen even after thawing.
- Use a brush for the lemon juice or spray it. I like to use a brush (or a spray bottle) to make sure that I coat the slices evenly. This is done to prevent them from browning before you freeze them.
- Using after freezing. I typically move the frozen avocado I want to use from the freezer into the fridge the night before I want to use it. Alternatively, you can place them in a bowl of room temperature water for up to an hour before using.
- Using plastic wrap versus beeswax paper. I typically use beeswax paper for 99% of the things that need plastic wrap and I've found it works quite well in this case too. The key is to make sure you squeeze all the air out before storing!
- Avocados will still brown after thawing! So, once you thaw Avocado may be brown after thawing, so use them right away or toss with lemon or lime juice before freezing.
FAQs About Frozen Avocados
You'll be able to tell an avocado is ripe when it's soft and pliable (but not mushy). If it's rock hard, then it needs some more time to ripen.
You can just leave them on the counter or you can place them in a paper bag to make them ripen faster
I store ripe (but uncut) avocados in the crisper drawer in the fridge for a week or two!
Avocados will smell bad and go super mushy when they go bad. A few brown spots are okay, but rule of thumb - if more than a third is covered with brown spots, toss it. Otherwise, you can cut out the brown spots and freeze the rest!
🍴 Serving and storage suggestions
Frozen avocados are typically good for 3 to 6 months. The final texture is not as creamy as the fresh fruit, so I don't like using them in salads or slicing them for avocado toast when it's frozen. However, it's great in smoothies, smashed avocado toast, and makes killer guacamole.
Check out these avocado recipes to use up your frozen avocados:
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- 1 avocado
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- First, wash the avocado thoroughly and dry them.
Freezing Whole Avocados or Halves
- If freezing whole avocados, simply wrap the avocado tightly with plastic wrap or beeswax paper and then place in the freezer.
- If freezing avocado halves, slice the avocado into two halves. Brush each cut side with some lemon juice. Then wrap with plastic wrap or beeswax paper and store in the freezer.
Freezing Avocado Slices or Cubes
- If freezing avocado slices or cubes, after you slice them into halves, remove the pits. Then, use a spoon to scoop out the flesh of the avocado. Remove any parts that are brown. Then, use a knife to cut them into thin slices or cubes.
- Line a baking sheet with some parchment paper or a silicon mat. Place the avocado slices or cubes, neatly spaced apart from each other, on the baking sheet. Then "flash freeze" the avocado slices for at least an hour. This freezes them as individual pieces (versus placing in a bag straight away which would freeze them into a one massive chunk!)
- After an hour or so, place the frozen chunks into a freezer bag or airtight container, remove all air, then place in freezer.
Freezing Mashed Avocado
- If freezing mashed avocado, after removing the pit and scooping out the flesh, place it into a bowl or the food processor (after removing brown parts). Then use a fork to mash for chunkier texture or a food processor for smoother texture. Add a tablespoon of lemon juice per avocado before the final pulse or mash. Then portion into individual airtight, freezer proof containers, and then store them in the freezer!
- Use ripe avocados for freezing - otherwise, they won't ripen once thawed.
- Use freezer proof containers or bags
- To thaw and use, I suggest moving them from the freezer into the fridge the night before you're ready to use them. You could also just place them in a bowl of room temperature water on the counter for an hour before using.
- Avocados do brown even after they've been frozen, so work quick once you want to use them up!
- They're great in guacamole, smoothies, ice cream, mousse, and smashed avocado toast! I don't like using them in salads since the texture is not as firm and creamy!