How do I store guacamole

Extend the shelf life of avocados

Avocados are one of the most fatty fruits. They provide a lot of unsaturated fatty acids that the body can easily convert into energy, are rich in minerals, vitamins, enzymes and help to absorb fat-soluble vitamins from other foods.

Avocados can be incorporated into the diet in a variety of ways. They give smoothies a creamy consistency, they taste great in fresh salads, as a dressing or dip and are a good alternative to butter and other spreads.

There are various tips and tricks to properly store avocados, keep them fresh and extend their shelf life.

Why does an avocado turn brown?

Shortly after cutting an avocado, the pulp will turn brown. The reason for this are enzymes that start to oxidize on contact with the air. The avocado isn't necessarily bad at this point. The top brown layer can often be scraped off, leaving a fresh green layer underneath.

Slowing down the ripening process of avocado

To slow down the ripening process of an avocado, it helps to store avocados in a cool place. Avocados that have not been cut stay fresh for up to 2 weeks.

If only half of the avocado is used, the core should remain in the unused avocado half. The core reduces the area on the pulp for oxidation. The pulp can also be rubbed with a thin layer of olive oil or freshly squeezed lemon juice. This creates a natural barrier that protects against oxidation and the avocado retains a large part of its green color.

The cut avocado can also be stored with a cut onion in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Avocado and onion should touch each other. Onions give off sulfur gases, which reduce the oxidation process and protect the avocado from turning brown. A cut avocado can be stored in the refrigerator for 2 days.

Olive oil, freshly squeezed lemon juice or onions can also be added to avocados that have already been crushed, such as guacamole. It should be noted that these ingredients can change the taste of the guacamole.

Preserve avocados for 6 months

Ripe avocados can also be frozen. The fruits can be kept for up to 6 months when frozen. Avocados can be frozen in pieces or pureed.

For freezing in pieces: wash and quarter the avocado, remove the stone and then peel off the skin. Roll the avocado pieces in freshly squeezed lemon juice and then place in a freezer bag. The avocado pieces should not touch each other, otherwise they will freeze together. The avocado kernel does not need to be frozen.

For freezing pureed avocado: Wash the avocado, quarter it, remove the stone and then peel off the skin. Either mash the avocado pieces with a fork or puree them finely in a food processor. Mix the avocado puree with freshly squeezed lemon juice and then pour it into an ice cube maker for better portioning later.

The frozen avocado can be added to smoothies in the frozen state or defrosted for various recipes such as guacamole, dressings and spreads.

Note: The thawed avocado is no longer as fresh as the fresh avocado.

Accelerate the avocado ripening process

The process of ripening avocados can also be sped up.

If you buy unripe and very hard avocados, it can take around 4-5 days to fully ripen. For this, the fruits should best be stored at room temperature.

To speed up the ripening process, the avocado can be placed in a paper bag with an apple. Apples emit ethyl in particularly high concentrations and thus stimulate other fruits to ripen prematurely.

Often it is the small changes that make everyday life easier and help to eat more nutritious and healthier food.

Health is delicious

Incorporating healthy foods into your diet is often easier than you think. Combinations of healthy and nutritious foods invigorate everyday life, ensure more energy and joy while eating. Because food should not only be healthy, but taste, give strength and make you happy.

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