Have you ever asked yourself this question: Can I freeze avocado?
I sure did. Plenty of times.
Because you see, if you’re an avocado lover 💗 and you know out-of-season avocados are not cheap, you would want to find a way to preserve all the affordable avocados you managed to
grab buy during sale, and enjoy this super-duper yummy fruit whenever you want. Need to stock up whenever the price is right, right?
A majority of the web sites I visited advise on this two methods:
1. Mash/puree ripe avocados. Add lemon/lime juice to prevent oxidation (browning). Freeze in ice cube tray or resealable storage bag (remove as much air as you can before sealing).
2. Halves/cubed ripe avocados. Rub lemon/lime juice on exposed surface. Freeze in resealable storage bag or wrap with clingfilm tightly (for halves avocado). Remember to remove as much air as possible before sealing.
Personally, I find both methods tedious. Must I go through all this just to enjoy my avocados? Plus, there’s no guarantee the frozen avocado would still remain bright green after that, right?
“Why can’t I freeze whole avocado, as is?” I lamented.
My sister who has been listening said “Why don’t you try it and find out yourself?”
And so try I did! I tried freezing one whole avocado for testing purpose, and even before the 2017 avocado season ends, I have a bag full containing over 15 avocados hibernating in my freezer plus a very happy me.
All about freezing avocados and my preferred way:
1. First, to answer a very important question: Can I freeze avocado?
Oh yes, you definitely 100% can!
2. Do I freeze ripen avocados or unripe ones?
Always use ripen, ready to eat avocados for freezing. On the ripeness level, the best is just ripen!
3. What are the ways to freeze avocados and the best way is?
There are 3 ways that I know of. Two of them described few paragraphs above (I did not tried them), and the third method is by simply freezing whole ripen avocados. Once an avocado has ripen, you can just literally throw it in the freezer (all intact!). Now, isn’t this the simplest, easiest and best way? For better management of this beautiful oval fruits, you can keep them in a storage bag or container.
4. How do you eat frozen whole avocado?
Take the hard-as-stone frozen avocado out in advance (about 30~45 minutes in a tropical country) to defrost/thaw it on the kitchen counter. Place avocado in a bowl to contain the defrosted ice water. Once the avocado has soften to a degree (but still has firmness to it), that a knife can cut through the flesh (need experience to judge, just practice more!), cut the avocado like you always do.
Do not thaw the frozen avocado overnight in the fridge or let it completely defrosted on the kitchen counter unless you want mushy mess texture, which btw can be used for guacamole or spread. You still gain!
5. “What? I don’t have time to wait for the avocado to thaw!”
Well, no matter which methods you choose, you still need to wait for it to thaw before you can use it except when you’re making smoothie (using the two methods: mash/puree or halved/cubed described earlier), you can just throw it into the blender.
6. Can I make ANYTHING avocado out of frozen whole avocados?
Yes, you can make anything avocado out of frozen whole avocados! Smoothie, spread, guacamole, baby food, truffle, sliced avocado (yup even this) on toast or add to salad.
I’m here to proof to those who said defrosted whole avocados are too mushy to be sliced. Whether it’s mushy or firm (with just slight mushiness) all depends on the degree the frozen avocado has been thawed and also the ripeness of the avocado. Too ripe avocado (already very soft before frozen) definitely will give you gooey texture no matter what after defrosted.
If you completely defrosted a frozen avocado, you will get very soft, very mushy cream-like flesh. Cutting into it can be a tiny difficult since it has lost its firmness. This is perfect for avocado recipes that need the avocado to be mashed.
For half or less than half way defrosted avocado, you get better firmness, thus you can slice the avocado and put it on toast.
7. Honestly, what’s the texture like for a frozen ripen avocado that’s been defrosted compared with fresh ripen avocado?
Honestly, the texture are different and can also be quite similar. Like I mentioned earlier, if you freeze a just ripen fresh avocado, once defrosted, you will likely encounter very little mushiness (usually on the surface) but the inside is firm like fresh avocado. If you froze an already mid-way or very ripe avocado, you will most likely get mushy and some watery texture once defrosted. Also, the degree of the frozen avocado that has been thawed (half-way thawed or completely thawed) plays a part on the texture too. No matter, I prefer freezing my avocados whole when I stock up a lot.
8. Lastly, tell me ALL the reasons why you love freezing whole avocados?
1. It’s the best way! I almost don’t have to do anything except open the freezer door & chuck it in.
2. I get bright green avocado flesh all the time. I don’t have to deal with browned avocado flesh.
3. My avocado is not tainted with lemon. I don’t usually add lemon onto my avocados, you see.
4. I can decide what I want to make with it and have the freedom to change recipe plan after I’ve defrosted the avocado, just like a fresh avocado.
Tsk, do you know that I’m so in love with avocado that I’ve even tried growing avocado from seeds? Right now (as in December 2017), they’re about 1.5 years old. Check out my growing avocado tree journey here.
If you’re a fan of freezing whole avocado, do say hi! 👋
This is my last post of 2017. Thanks for visiting Messy Witchen. May you end 2017 positively and start 2018 with renew energy!