The Coolest Trick For Keeping Avocados Fresh For 6 Months

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How to keep avocados fresh.

How did we live our life without knowing this!?

Avocados just make everything better. If you put them in a salad or on toast or even in baked goods, it just elevates the flavors. Avocados are very beneficial to our health; they're super nutritious and contain 20 different vitamins and minerals.

When you eat an avocado you're helping your heart because they have a lot of potassium (even more than bananas), are high in monounsaturated oleic acid (a heart-healthy fatty acid), are loaded with fiber, are known to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, have antioxidants that protect the eyes, and avocado extract can even help relieve the symptoms of arthritis.

Some people call avocados "alligator pears" because they're shaped like a pear and have a green, bumpy skin like an alligator, but we call them a superfood because that's what they are.

But the one downside to avocados is that they don't last very long and have a tendency to turn brown very rapidly. But good news! MindBodyGreen recently shared a life-altering tip for keeping avocados fresh for up to six months fresh, and it's so simple you'll wonder why you didn't think of it yourself.

What's the trick to keeping avocados fresh? Put them in the freezer!

Let's set the scene: You've got a few avocados ripening on your kitchen table. You're just about at the sweet spot when you know the avocado will be perfect and deliciously ripe. The only problem is that you won't be able to eat it for a couple more days since you're going out for dinner.

Instead of waiting for the avocados to get all squishy, soft and brown, and tossing them in the trash, freeze them and keep them nice and green. Here's what you do to keep those avocados viable and fresh.

  1. Decide if you want them halved or pureed. 
  2. Wash the avocado with the skin still on.
  3. Cut the fruit in half, take out the pit and peel. 
  4. If you're going the halving route, wrap each of the halves separately in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, put them in a resealable bag and freeze. Label the bag for identification purposes later.
  5. If you decided to puree the avocado (one less step when you want to make guacamole at a later date), either mash it with a fork or in a food processor with a little bit of lime, lemon juice or white vinegar. Put the puree into a resealable bag or an airtight container and freeze.

Avocados can be kept frozen for up to six months. To thaw, transfer the avocados to the refrigerator for 12 to 24 hours before use, place at room temperature for about an hour, or put into a bowl and run cold water over the bag or container. Once thawed, the avocados are available for making most anything not only delicious but healthy.

There is one catch: once the avocado is thawed, it's not quite as firm as a fresh avocado. You probably won't want to eat slices of it, but for dips, dressings and spreads, the thawed avocado will do just fine. 

Long live the avocado! Now with this freezing trick, they're going to live a lot longer.