How to Freeze Avocados (And What To Do With Them After)
Learn how to freeze avocados and how to use them after! Stock up and preserve avocados when they’re on sale and always have frozen avocados on hand to add to smoothies or make homemade guacamole from scratch!
I love avocados. I am a millennial after all:) But now that I’m on the Keto diet, I definitely won’t be eating it on toast! I will, however, be eating a lot of avocados to make up my healthy fat intake on a daily basis, so I decided to learn how (and if) I could preserve avocados.
You might already know that I’m a bit of a nerd when it comes to preserving food. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about fresh produce too, especially when it’s straight out of our own garden! But I always love to put some away for the future and I definitely love to stock up on food that I can’t grow myself when it’s in season or on sale at the store.
Avocados are simply one of those things that I will never be able to grow in my little corner of the Pacific Northwest. (Well, never say never. Climate change is a real thing and we can definitely feel the heat in the summertime here now!)
But for the moment anyway, avocados are something I have no choice but to buy from the store.
The problem is, avocados can be pretty expensive most of the time, and they have an incredibly short shelf life. In fact, I swear I’ve had avocados that weren’t even ripe at breakfast time go brown and mushy by dinner!
So when there’s a sale on avocados I always want to stock up, but I know I won’t be able to use them all up while they’re still fresh, so I don’t bother.
But now that I’m committed to going Keto, avocados have become a staple in my diet. I eat them with my eggs in the morning and in my salads at dinner. I make them into dip for my veggies and eat my taco salads smothered in guacamole. But I just can’t afford to pay top dollar for avocados every couple days. We’ve been on an extra strict budget since my husband lost his job in December so we need to watch our spending.
So what’s a girl to do? Learn how to freeze avocados and stock up when they’re on sale!
Can you really freeze avocados?
Yep. You really can freeze avocados. And it’s simpler than you might think!
I don’t really know why it took me so long to figure out that it was possible to preserve avocados. I guess it’s like most skills I eventually pick up: it just wasn’t on my radar before. But now that I’m into Keto, it is on my radar, and so is finding ways to follow the Keto diet and live frugally at the same time.
So naturally I wanted to know how I could save money on what has now become one of the most important foods in my diet (and a regular expenditure at the grocery store).
As it turns out, it’s stupidly easy to preserve avocados in the freezer. Aside from cutting them and scooping them out of their skins, there’s no special prep work required. The only caveat is that their texture changes a bit when they thaw, so they’re not great for eating sliced. However they can be made into a delicious homemade guacamole once thawed and you’d never know they were frozen!
I haven’t tried dehydrating avocados, but from the research I’ve done it doesn’t look like they’re a good candidate for dehydrating. If you have any experience with this let me know in the comments because I’d love to know!
And avocados definitely don’t make good candidates for canning. So for now, freezing them works just fine for me:) (Thank God for being a MODERN homesteader;)
So now I know when I see avocados on sale, I can stock up and put them in the freezer! And you can too. Here’s how…
How to Freeze Avocados (2 Ways)
You can freeze avocados in halves, slices, cubes or mashed into guacamole. Start with firm, ripe avocados whenever possible. If they’re a little mushier, consider turning them into guacamole first and freezing it rather than freezing them in slices.
How to Freeze Sliced Avocado
Step 1: Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
Step 2: Slice your avocado(s) in two and remove the pit(s). If slicing or dicing, create slits with your knife first and then scoop out the avocado flesh with a soup spoon. If freezing halves, simply scoop out the flesh and discard the skins.
Step 3: Place avocado slices on baking tray, place in the freezer and flash freeze for a couple hours (until completely frozen). Make sure they’re not all touching each other so they don’t stick together when frozen.
Step 4: Transfer frozen avocados to a Ziploc bag or container and return to the freezer.
To use, remove the amount of avocado slices you want to use and either add them, still frozen, to a smoothie, or place them in a bowl to thaw. Once thawed, purée or mash them into guacamole. Add a pinch of salt and a dash of lime juice for the perfect homemade guacamole anytime!
* Note: If making guacamole, let the avocado slices thaw first before puréeing them. I tried puréeing from frozen but I just ended up with a bunch of crumbled, frozen bits of avocado. Let them thaw just enough that they get soft and then purée them for a smooth dip.
How to Freeze Guacamole
Step 1: Slice your avocado(s) in two and remove the pit(s). Create a grid of slits with your knife and then scoop the flesh out of the skin into a bowl using a soup spoon.
Step 2: Mash up the avocado (or purée it in a blender) and turn it into guacamole.
Step 3: Portion out the guacamole into small Ziplock bags or into an ice cube tray and freeze.
To use, take out one of the portions or a few “guacamole cubes” and let thaw. Add a pinch of salt and a dash of lime juice and serve with chips or tacos (or, if you’re doing Keto too, just eat it with a spoon;)
Have you ever tried freezing avocado? Do you know of any other good ways to preserve it? Let me know down below!
Wishing you homemade, homegrown, homestead happiness 🙂
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I just put in my bullet mixer and poured into ice cube trays then into zip lock bag!Use 2 cubes for a thick and creamy smoothie!My smoothie was thin and runny not anymore!
Ooh! Good idea! I’ll have to try that next time they’re on sale!
I am so glad to know that avocados can be frozen! I just recently started eating them more, but was hesitate to buy more than necessary because they go bad so fast. I love them smashed on top of my scrambled eggs and then top that with salsa! Great in my smoothies too. Great blog post!
I know, they are becoming a favourite of mine with eggs right now as I follow the Keto Diet. That’s what I have most mornings! I’m about to go pull some out of the freezer right now:)
I just pulled out a bag of avocados I froze 2 years ago – they were fine! And I experimented with coating them in lemon juice before freezing. I don’t find any benefit to the extra step. I just cut them in half, spoon them out in chunks into a zip lock (one per bag), then put those into a larger zip lock. I don’t freeze individual chunks/slices simply because I always use them in recipes that call for larger quantities. Freezing individually would be better for people using a few slices at a time in a salad or some other smaller amounts. I’m so happy with how easy they are! I also envy those who have easy access to them ?
Oh wow, 2 years?! That’s great to know! I actually have to go pull some out to defrost right now!
I will definitely try this idea, I am the only one in our household eating them , so thi should come in pretty handy.. Thanks Anna
Yes! It’s just about impossible to go through a bag of avocados by yourself before they go bad.
I just cant bring myself to try and preserve these beauties. Unlike you I can and do grow avocadoes here. I didnt get a crop this year as the winds and storms came through just as the little fruits were forming. None survived the savage storm. We can and do get these fruits quite cheaply at our produce store that sells local fruit and veg. At the end of Feb, early March the avocado orchards will be ripe for picking. Our friends have an orchard about an hour and a half drive from us. They are quite happy for us to come in and pick as much as we want for ours and our families use. A couple of buckets of avo’s will be lovely.
I know, avocados are not something I would choose to freeze or preserve if I didn’t feel like I had to. I definitely enjoy them best fresh! But they are bloody expensive here and they last about a minute on the counter so freezing them is a good option for us folks on the other side of the pond and up north!