My husband and I went to a party hosted by our Mexican friend. She served tortilla chips with salsa and guacamole dips. It was our first time to eat guacamole and we became instant fans! Our friend taught us how to make traditional guacamole. Then at the supermarket yesterday, avocados were on promo. We got excited and bought a dozen. We are now ready to prepare a big batch of guac. We plan to freeze it, but we are not sure if it is a good idea.
Guacamole is indeed an easy, delicious, healthy, and versatile dish. You just mix mashed ripe avocado with onion, tomato, cilantro, lemon or lime juice, and seasonings. You can also add other ingredients such as hot peppers, basil, garlic, and sour cream. Guacamole can be used as a dip, condiment, and ingredient to salads and other dishes. The good news is, you can stock up on guac. But since it has many components, it can be quite tricky to freeze. When freezing guacamole, it is best to freeze only the mashed avocado with lemon or lime juice. Leave out the chunky, watery, and dairy ingredients for serving.
Can You Freeze Guacamole?
Guacamole is a healthy treat when taken in moderation. It is very low in cholesterol and rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
As with other fruits, freezing preserves avocado at its peak flavor and nutrients. It loses its texture when frozen, so it is best frozen mashed, which is the base of guacamole.
Adding lemon and lime juice preserves avocados better. Citrus juice is a natural preservative. It balances the pH level of avocadoes.
It is not advisable to add other ingredients before freezing guacamole. Onion, tomato, cilantro, and fresh pepper have high water content. They are made of more than 90% water. Adding these to the guac base can make it watery when thawed. You can just add these ingredients after defrosting.
You can keep guacamole in the freezer for 3 to 4 months. You can also freeze other ingredients separately.
When ready to use, thaw frozen guac overnight in the refrigerator, or outside in cold water. It is not advisable to microwave it. But when in a hurry, you can use the defrost setting in the microwave. Stop until it is still frosty. Thaw fully as you stir in the other ingredients.
How to Freeze Guacamole?
Guacamole is quite simple to freeze.
- Choose the right avocados.
- Choose the best quality avocados in peak ripeness, neither overripe nor underripe.
- Hass variant of avocados are usually used for guacamole. It must be color black and not dented or wrinkled. It must be tender, yielding to gentle pressure when your palm squeezes it. You can also easily remove the stem. And when you check, the color of skin under the stem must be green, not light brown or dark brown.
- Wash the outer skin in running water.
- Pat dry.
- Slice the avocado in half.
- Slice on one end of the avocado.
- When the knife touches the pit, run the knife around it.
- Remove the pit.
- Gently twist the halves back and forth until you separate the halves.
- Pierce the pit with the blade of the knife and gently lift the pit off the fruit.
- Mash the avocado.
- Scoop the flesh of the avocado out of the skin.
- Mash with fork or masher. You can make it as chunky or mushy as you like.
- You can also use food processor if you want it pureed.
- Stir in lime or lemon juice.
- Put at least 1 to 2 teaspoon lime or lemon per avocado.
- 1 large lime or lemon has about 6 teaspoons.
- You can increase amount of citrus as desired.
- You can also add the citrus juice already before mashing the avocado.
- Put in air-tight, sealed packages such as ziplock or freezer bags.
- Label with the date when you froze it.
You can replace fresh guacamole with frozen guacamole in recipes. After thawing, add the usual onions, tomatoes, and cilantro. Then, add some bacon and feta cheese. You can also experiment with other ingredients such as ham and ricotta.
Make a quick sandwich using toasted bread, butter, guacamole, meat, cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers, and leafy vegetables. Or maybe you can make a simple panini.
Guacamole can be used to put a twist in usual dishes and appetizers. For instance, you can stuff onion rings with guacamole before sealing it with breading and deep-frying. You can also add cheese for extra oomph. Dip it in salsa, mayonnaise, or sour cream.