Avocados are one of the few natural, non-animal sources of healthy fats. These make for great, creamy smoothies and guacamole. These add a refreshing tropical flavor to salads. These tropical fruits, however, are not available all year long. It’s a seasonal fruit. Does that mean you have to wait for several months before enjoying another bowl of this refreshing and healthy fruit?
It can be difficult and almost impossible to grab a ripe avocado from the grocery in the middle of winter. In the event that there is one, it can be quite pricey. But, did you know that you can still enjoy avocados any time of the year without paying an arm and a leg for it.
Avocados can be frozen without a huge impact on texture and flavor. You can buy ripe avocados on sale (a great bargain during peak avocado season) and freeze them to enjoy later.
Can you freeze avocados?
Avocados can be frozen. You can freeze whole or mashed fruit. You can freeze unripe avocados or ripe-at-the-moment, mashed or whole.
The flavor and texture will not be much different from a fresh, ripe one. Even the appearance won’t be much different.
Make sure that you immediately freeze the fruit before it browns. Exposing the fruit to air will cause oxidation and browning.
The flavor will definitely change once the fruit gets oxidized. You will have to prepare the fruit quickly then freeze it immediately. The container should not contain any air, too. The best ones would be cling wrap and sealable freezer-safe bags.
Another way to avoid browning is to add acidic agents. An example is brushing the entire fruit with lemon juice.
Avocados can be kept in the freezer for up to 6 months without affecting flavor and texture. Longer than that and there may be significant changes in texture and flavor already.
Freezing avocado halves
Avocados kept in the freezer are better when peeled and seeded. To properly freeze an avocado:
- Slice avocado. Remove the seed and the peel.
- Brush the entire avocado with lemon juice.
- Wrap each half tightly with plastic cling wrap.
- There should be no room for air. The fruit turns brown when exposed to air. The plastic should cling to the cavity where the seed previously was.
- Place wrapped avocado halves in a large re-sealable freezer bag.
- Remove all air from the bag and seal.
- Place the bag in the freezer.
Freezing mashed avocados
Some people prefer freezing mashed avocados so that it will be easier and quicker to use. Here’s how to freeze mashed avocado:
- Scoop out the avocado meat.
- Place in a bowl and drizzle with some lemon juice.
- Mash to desired consistency.
- Spoon into sealable freezer bag. Freeze until use.
Frozen avocado recipes
You can thaw frozen avocados and enjoy them just like fresh ripe ones. However, the best ways will be including these in smoothies, guacamole and dressings, like these recipes:
Sweet Frozen Avocado Dessert
Satisfy your sweet tooth with some frozen avocado slices drizzled with sweet condensed milk. Use frozen avocados instead of the fresh ones for this recipe for a refreshing dessert.
Frozen Avocado Smoothie
Substitute your frozen avocado to the fresh one in this recipe. You get a cold, refreshing smoothie without watering it down with some ice.
Frozen Avocado Margarita Recipe
Try something other than guac and smoothies. This makes one, extraordinary refreshing drink. You may use frozen avocado instead of the fresh one used in this recipe. You can ditch the ice or use less if using frozen avocados to get a stronger drink.