4 Ways to Freeze Avocados

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Did you know that freezing avocados really works? Here are 4 Ways to Freeze Avocados so you can grab a bunch when they're on sale!

Today we're talking about freezing avocados.

My family has a problem.

An avocado problem.

And it's real. I mean real.

If there was an Avocados Anonymous we'd all be full-fledged members. And we might even be the heads of our local chapter. In fact, I'm sure that we would be.

You can see evidence of our avocado problem here:

WE. Love. Avocados.

But I have another problem.

My name is Adrienne and I'm a Frugalaholic.

When something is on sale, I feel the need to get as much of it as I can.

I've done this for a long time. My husband and I were the types who loaded all of the loss leaders into our cart and got funny stares from people in the checkout line.

Well, when you buy in bulk and make a lot of homemade healthy food, you need to figure out how to store bulk purchases so that they don't spoil (or invade your living space). I've shared some of my storage tips in these posts:

How to Store Nuts and Seeds
How to Freeze and Store Berries
The Easiest Way to Store Tomatoes
How to Store Prepared Beans
The Best Way to Preserve Herbs
How to Store Leafy Greens

But today, the question today is–can you freeze avocados.

And the answer is–yes. Freezing avocados is a thing. A real thing.

Did you know that freezing avocados seriously works? Here are 4 Ways to Freeze Avocados so you can save loads of money when they're on sale!

How I Learned about Freezing Avocados

You see, whenever there is a serious sale on avocados, I just can't help myself. I mean, WE just can't help ourselves. I feel the need to buy A LOT. And I don't mean 10 or 15 avocados. I mean a LOT of avocados.

‘Cause there have been some serious sales around here, like 3 for $1. That's serious. I haven't seen it in awhile, but hoping it comes back real soon.

When I saw this sale, I went to work wondering how I could store avocados to keep them long term, so we could feed our avocado habit on the cheap.

I mean, avocados are great, but they have a problem and it's a big one. You buy them and they're rock hard one day.

Then you go to get one out about 5 minutes later, and they are MUSH! (Well, maybe not 5 minutes, but you get my point.)

I wondered, “Can you freeze avocados?” and then went to work searching the internet. 

What I found is that yes, freezing avocados is something that seriously works.

So I went to the store.

And bought them. A LOT of them.

And we ate a lot of them. I mean, we ate them plain, with salt, we dipped carrots into them (with a little salt on top), we made this Zingy Avocado Dressing, these Chocolate Avocado Truffles (serious yum), these Chocolate Mint Grasshopper Bars, and this AIP Guacamole.

But you can't eat LOADS of avocados fast enough to keep them from spoiling once they all start turning.

So we followed the tips about how to freeze avocados and froze the rest.

Problem is, I did it the wrong way. A blogger out there said that you could freeze them plain, and well, you can, but the result is kind of icky. Brown Guacamole icky.

Let's just say that my kids weren't that happy with the results.

So you can now benefit from my Freezing Avocado Fail.

I went back to figure out what went wrong, and am now here I am to tell you some great methods for freezing avocados so you won't have your family grimacing at you about the weird color of your guacamole :).

And to make things even more handy dandy for you, I've rounded up not only information about freezing avocados, but 4 different ways to freeze avocados, depending on the time you have and how you are going to use them. So now you can have them at the ready for however you would like to use them.

Please note, that frozen avocados will not lend themselves well to eating on their own or sliced on a sandwich. The texture will be more suitable to things like dressings, dips, etc. (or Chocolate Truffles!).

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Freezing Avocados – the How To's

Did you know that freezing avocados really works? Here are 4 Ways to Freeze Avocados so you can grab a bunch when they're on sale!

In Halves

This is the easiest way to go about freezing avocados. Simply cut your avocados in half lengthwise, put them on a plate or tray, spritz each half with some lemon (or lime) juice. You don’t need to douse the avocados, but you do want to make sure that you are pretty much coating them.

A good rule of thumb would be about 2 tsp lemon or lime juice per each large avocado, or 1 tsp for each small one. You can of course use fresh squeezed lemon juice, but I LOVE this Organic Lemon Juice. I get mine in a HUGE double pack at Costco (see, I told you that I'm all about bulk everything!)

Place the avocado halves in a plastic storage bag and press as much of the air as possible. If you really want to get all of the air out, you can use a food saver system. I've had my eye on these and would love to know if you all find them to be a great addition to a frugal kitchen, or just one more gadget that doesn't get used much.

Diced

If you'd rather go an extra step to protect your avocados from browning due to air exposure, you can dice your avocados and toss them with lemon juice. Then place the dices in a Ziploc Bag or use a food saver system to get as much of the air out as possible.

You can then use the dices in any recipes calling for avocados.

I recommend bagging up 2-4 diced avocados at a time and noting how many avocados are in each bag by writing something on a label on the bag, so that you can easily grab some from the freezer and use them in recipes.

Puree

Since you're likely going to be mashing up your frozen avocados, this is another great way to freeze them. If you freeze halves or dices, your final recipe will be chunkier than if you puree them, but pureeing works great for making dressings, sauces, guacamole, truffles :), or putting avocado into smoothies.

Simply toss your avocado into  a food processor or blender, squeeze in some lemon juice, and process to desired texture. Then scoop the puree into a plastic storage bag, remove as much air as possible, and freeze.

Alternatively, you can store the pureed avocados in ice cube trays. Fill each cavity with some of your lovely and smooth avocado puree, and freeze.

Place the trays in the freezer until the puree is frozen. Then simply pop the cubes out and place in a plastic storage bag.

Guacamole

If you would like to have guac on the fly (and on the cheap), this is a great way to go.

You can of course use your favorite guacamole recipe, but we LOVE this AIP (autoimmune paleo) Guacamole.  It has no nightshades so those who either are on the Autoimmune Paleo Diet or those who are avoiding nightshades can enjoy guacamole without side effects.

Any guacamole recipe will work. I will say, however, that the texture of your guacamole will be better after freezing if you avoid the tomatoes. Even though my Easiest Way to Store Tomatoes is a great option, the results aren't optimal and I think you might not be happy with less than optimal results guac.

You can either freeze the guacamole in a plastic storage bag, or try the ice cube tray method again.  This would be particularly handy if you are making Taco Salads (or any kind of salad or meal) in a Jar ahead of time.

Oh, and if you're going to make a Taco Salad in a Jar, you will for sure want to use this Easy Delish Homemade Taco Seasoning for it!

Simply toss a cube or two of your frozen guacamole onto the salad the night before. It will be thawed and ready to eat by lunch the next day.

Post Updated 5/26/17.

Now that you know how to freeze avocados,
if avocados were on sale 3/$1 where you live, how many would YOU buy?

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  1. cheryl holt says:

    We have a Food Saver, and seldom use it. I feel like I got hosed by QVC. Don’t believe everything they say on air.

  2. I have what my hubby calls a redneck food saver. I put a straw in the corner of a ziploc, zip it up and gold it tight, suck out all the air, and slide the straw out while pinching the zipper closed. Works like a charm on guacamole.

  3. Good methods but I got bored with such a long introduction.. I had to skip many paragraphs to get to the real point, next article you write would be nice if you make it shorter and more relevant. 🙂

    • Hello Denise. Sorry you felt that way. If you check out my recipe posts you will notice that almost all of them have the function to skip right to the recipe for those who wish to do so. I want my blog to have a personal touch for my own expression but also to have a connection with my readers. So I don’t know if I will change that in the future. I don’t think that it’s possible to have a “Skip to the Main Point” button but it might be a possibility.

      Thanks for reading.

  4. Good tip I found online for getting air out of your freezer bag…put whatever you’re freezing, into the bag and close it almost completely (leave a small opening at the top). Dip the bag In a bowl of cold water and the water will compress any air out of the hole (be careful not to let the water seep into the bag!)

    Thanks for the freezing avocado tips!

  5. I love my food saver I have had 4 of them over the years. and their customer service is awesome.

  6. So are the avocado mushy when they thaw?
    How long to thaw?
    Can they be used in fresh green salads?

  7. Linda Chapman says:

    Getting ready to try this as soon as I can find a big sale on them. We eat them every night.

  8. ive done the avcados in the frezzer and it does work

  9. I am also frugal and buy things in bulk. I have 4 young kids. I bought the food saver 1 year ago and I got it cheap because I got the store to price match with Amazon price. I bought it from Bed Bath and Beyond. They will return the product if for any reason you are not happy with it, even years later. I didn’t need to because it truly has been the one thing I overlooked all these years. I foodsaver local berries in the summer, avacaodes, tomatoes, chili, lentil curry, etc. My daughter is celiac and we have to eat healthy and with 4 kids I need food ready in the freezer that will tast food as the day I made it. Also, I bought my foodsaver bags from Amazon because otherwise the foodsaver brand bags are too expensive. Oh and I have also foodsaved fish, so much more inexpensive!
    I would recommend the smaller size. I don’t like kitchen gadgets and didn’t want a bulky trying to take care of. Oh and I food save food in mason jars. Like nuts, raisins, chocolate chip, spices, etc. It is a $10 additional gadget that is attached and you. An take the air out of wide mouth mason jars. Absolutely fantastic!

    • Such a great recommendation! So what is the small size that you recommend? Thanks again!!! And the Food Saver brand on Amazon you mean for the bags?

    • C.Brierley says:

      Try growing them if you live in a suitable climate. I live in Perth, Australia and I’ve had my first crop from a 3year old Hass variety tree. You do need a grafted tree, one grown from a seed probably won’t flower.

  10. Food saver is worth it. I buy off brand bags on eBay though, the brand name bags rape you like hp and apple.

    I will b trying this!

  11. They keep great in the fridge. I put them there as soon as I get them home. Or you can put them in when they are ripe. They last way longer than on the counter and taste great cold.

  12. I have had a food saver since the late 90s, and I’m on my second one. If you are new to a saver freeze avocados first then vacuum pack. A food saver keeps food 3 times longer than normal. You can also vacuum pack with attachments for mason jars.

  13. It is worth every penny to get the Foodsaver!