Guacamole sounds exotic whereas it is simply a cold Mexican dish made of mashed avocado, tomatoes, cilantro, lime juice, and spices. It is served as a dip or as a sauce for hot dishes and it is not only tasty but also rich in vitamins and microelements.
If you ever wondered how to freeze guacamole right, this article is exactly what you need to get the answer!
Freezing Guacamole: Let’s Get Ready For It!
So before we start freezing our tasty guacamole, let’s figure out everything we can about its ingredients and how they affect the whole dish, especially during the freezing.
As you already know (or knew before), guacamole is made of mashed avocados and tomatoes with the addition of spices and sometimes herbs for better taste. Quite often guacamole may contain chili or other kinds of pepper, too.
If we decide to freeze this dish, we need to know whether the frost will cause any damage to it. Nobody wants to have an ugly and stinking something on their table, right?
So the first question is: “Can avocado be frozen?”
In fact, avocado itself is fine with the freezing. What shall bother you more is that there are tomatoes in guacamole and those vegetables are not so good when being affected by low temperature. Frozen tomatoes become watery and after you defrost guacamole, they can ruin the dish.
So what you can do is either don’t put any tomatoes to the guacamole at all or, if, for example, you bought some guacamole that already contains them, you’d better eat if till it is still fresh. Otherwise, you are risking to spoil it.
How to Freeze Avocado for Guacamole and Not Only For It
Knowing how to preserve avocados can help you to deal with this vegetable which not everyone is used to.
As long as fresh avocado is easy to freeze, you can choose one of the two methods of how you can do it.
- Mash and freeze it
This method will take some time. What you need to do is to wash the avocados, then cut each of them in two, and delete the seed with the spoon.
Using the same spoon, take out the flesh and place it to the blender adding one tablespoon of lemon or lime juice for every two vegetables.
Citrus juice works as the antioxidant and it will prevent the spoiling and browning of the avocado puree.
There is no need to chop the avocado flesh as avocados when being ripe, are very soft.
When the puree is ready, place it to the freezer-friendly box and freeze.
- Cut and freeze
This way is easier. Simply wash the avocados, cut them in two and remove the seed.
Then wrap each half with a food plastic wrap and freeze. When avocados are hard, remove them to the freezing-friendly container and leave to freeze.
Can you freeze avocados whole?
Unfortunately, it is impossible the same as trying to freeze chopped or sliced vegetables — in each of these cases, it will turn into a mess after you defrost it. Making a puree is the only way that works.
Guacamole Shelf-Life Instructions
There is one more issue that bothers everyone who wants to keep their guacamole tasty longer. How long does guacamole last in the refrigerator?
Well, as for preserving guacamole in the fridge, this method may work only if you follow the storage rules.
- First of all, use the airtight tank only
- When you put your guacamole into the tank, press it tightly with a spoon to prevent air from getting inside the dish
- Squeeze some lemon or lime juice on top of the guacamole to keep it fresh and green longer. If you don’t have citrus or you don’t like them or allergic to them, pour about 1.5 centimeters of water onto the guacamole instead
- Cover the tank with the plastic food wrap and then close the lid
If you follow these tips, your guacamole will last for three to five days.
How to Keep Guacamole From Turning Black?
Another common problem that often occurs is the browning of the guacamole.
To preserve guacamole and keep it green, use one of the following easy but very efficient tricks.
- If you are ok with citrus, squeeze some lemon or lime juice on top of the guacamole before you send it to the fridge. Citrus juice is a strong antioxidant and it prevents guacamole from turning brown and spoiling.
- If for some reason citrus juice is not your option, replace it with water. Just pour about 1.5 centimeters of it over the guacamole in its tank and put it to refrigerate.
- Also, you can chop some onion and put it on the bottom of the tank that you are going to use for guacamole. Then put the guacamole on top of the onion and place to the fridge.
Guacamole Freezing Tips and Advice
So how can guacamole be frozen? There is no big deal about it in fact. All you will need to do is to:
- Find the airtight tank with the lid
- Take a quarter of a lemon or lime
- Put your guacamole into that tank and flatten it tightly with a spoon to press out the air
- Sprinkle some citrus juice on top of it to prevent any spoilage
- Cover the tank with the food plastic wrap and close the lid
- Done. Now it can go to the freezer.
When being packed like that, guacamole can remain fresh in the freezer for about four months without turning black or spoiling.
Can you freeze homemade guacamole, you may ask?
Of course, only ensure that you don’t add any tomatoes to it as they will ruin the dish.
Can guacamole dip be frozen the same way? Absolutely! However, if it is not a homemade dip, check its ingredients list to ensure that it doesn’t contain any tomatoes.
How to Defrost Frozen Guacamole?
Now that you have successfully frozen your guacamole, what shall you do to unfreeze it right?
The best and the only possible way to unfreeze the guacamole is to remove it to the fridge and leave there for a night. It will help the dish to gently and slowly defrost without harming its texture and taste.
Using a microwave is strictly prohibited unless you are in a big hurry and you need the dish to be ready right now. At that point, you can slightly defrost guacamole in the microwave letting it stay a bit icy.
One more thing you should take into account is that repeatedly freezing guacamole is prohibited! It will cause the product to turn brown and become less tasty.