How to Preserve Avocados in the Freezer

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I cannot get enough avocado.  In high school, we had an avocado tree in our front yard, and I got avocado whenever I wanted it.  In Washington, avocados are freaking expensive!  Although various varieties of avocado are available year round, they are typically most affordable in the spring through the fall.  When I see a really good deal on avocados (under $1 each for the large size), I buy about ten at a time.  But I can’t actually eat that many before they start to go bad, so I have to preserve them.  Here’s the technique my mom came up with in Hawaii.My dog Rusty loved avocados.  They’d fall from the tree and he’d carefully cradle them in his mouth as if he was holding a little green puppy, carrying them around the yard to gently lay in a pile on our front step.  It was so much fun to come outside and find the treasure trove of avocados with little delicate golden retriever tooth marks in them.  He was definitely good at retrieving and knew exactly what we would value the most.

Every time we collected his bounty, we’d toss a sacrificial avocado to him as thanks for his good work.  He’d roll it around for a little while, joyfully playing with his treat, then curl up around it and begin to nibble it open to get at the sweet buttery flesh.

Not wanting the overripe fallen avocados to go to waste, my mom began preserving them in the freezer.  She’d mash them up with lemon juice and store them in airtight plastic bags.  Then we had mashed avocado ready to eat whenever we wanted it.  We used it for guacamole, mixed it into tuna and chicken salad, spread it on sandwiches.

I have two gallon bags in the freezer right now and could use your help.  How do you like to eat mashed avocados?

Preserving Avocado in the Freezer

Ingredients

  • 5
    ripe avocados
  • 5 TBS
    lemon juice

Cooking Directions

  1. Slice the avocados in half and discard pits. Scoop the flesh from the peels.
  2. Mash the avocados, then add the lemon juice. Mix well.
  3. Spoon into a gallon sized zip top bag, squeezing out all the air before sealing.
  4. Freeze up to one year.

 

Thanks to Lifehacker for sharing this post!  I’ve been getting several questions in the comments so here are the answers to the most common ones.

1.  Can you use lime juice instead of lemon juice?  I’d think so but haven’t tried it.  We had a lemon tree as well so that’s what we used.

2.  Can you freeze it in ice cube trays to have smaller portions?  It’s not only the lemon juice that helps with discoloration, it’s also sealing it in the plastic bag which helps keep it from being exposed to air.  I’d suggest that if you want to try the ice cube trays, cover them with plastic wrap and press the plastic down on each “cube” of avocado before freezing.  You could also try using sandwich or snack sized bags instead of the quart bags I use.

3.  How do you defrost it and what happens?  I will typically do a small enough amount in the quart sized bag that it freezes into a one inch thick sheet.  Then I can easily break or cut off the amount I want (to spread on a sandwich for instance) and it will defrost quickly on the counter.  If I want the whole bag defrosted, I’ll move it to the fridge to defrost overnight.  It will be pretty much the same consistency that it was before freezing, but you’ll want to use it within 24 hours because it will start to oxidize and change color and flavor after that.


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140 Responses to “How to Preserve Avocados in the Freezer”

  1. Veda tantuico
    April 9, 2012 at 11:36 pm #

    I like mashed avocado best with cold sweetened milk!

    • Jenn Williams
      June 12, 2014 at 5:32 am #

      Did you know that if oxidation will significantly slow down if you leave the pit in with your avocados? I’ve never frozen before but I’d like to try. When I make fresh Guauc, I leave the pit in the bowl and tell everyone just to eat around it. It will prevent turning brown for over day. No one wants to eat it once it turns (even though it tastes the same). I’m curious if freezing the bag with the pit or freezing the separately might be a good option during the defrost time period.

      • Darryl C
        July 26, 2014 at 6:44 am #

        Jenn… I use my avocado pits to grow trees… in NE Tenn – in pots… no freezing my pits and I like the Florida green avocados

  2. Christy Martin
    April 10, 2012 at 3:24 am #

    Thank you for this! I love avacados as well and will try this! My husband came up with a recipe for guacamole that has beat all other guacamole I’ve tried. Love this stuff. http://mamarazzipages.wordpress.com/2010/08/23/the-best-guacamole-ever/

  3. Tonja
    April 10, 2012 at 8:04 pm #

    I eat them any way that I can get them. I never thought to freeze them, so I will start that! YUM!

  4. Mimi from California Avocados Direct
    April 11, 2012 at 3:08 pm #

    Thanks for the good information. We will share your post with our customers, who often order 15 or more avocados direct from our California avocado grove.

    • Diana
      April 11, 2012 at 4:02 pm #

      That’s wonderful, thanks Mimi!

    • Christa Blevins
      February 15, 2014 at 8:04 pm #

      How can I order direct from you like that??

    • Sylvia Walker
      June 8, 2014 at 4:20 pm #

      This is a good tip and I am going to try it. But please everyone, use an alternative to plastic bags. They end up in landfills and the waterways and can last almost for ever. The plastic breaks down into small pieces and birds and fish end up eating it. If they don’t die, we may end up eating the plastic when we eat fish. Glass jars with lids or tupperware are two alternatives to plastic bag storage, and they come in whatever size would work for you. In addition, you save money in the long run. http://oceana.org/en/our-work/stop-ocean-pollution/plastics/learn-act/plastics-and-wildlife

      • Marcia Little
        July 4, 2014 at 10:00 am #

        I wash my baggies and reuse them. I have a food saver and it is expensive to buy new ones, so I cut them open carefully and wash and reuse. When too small, I recycle them. And yes, lime juice is fine. No pit needed in freezer, can freeze guac this way too.

      • Patricia Havens
        July 28, 2014 at 3:11 pm #

        I have started using my glass jars that I can with to store and freeze in and I love them for this purpose. I use my food saver vacuum sealer for jars and things that are fresh last twice as long and I also freeze leftovers in my pint jars for single serving purpose, they work great. I will try this with the avocado’s as I dearly love them and it just makes me crazy to throw any out because it went bad. I am sure it will work great and I really recommend it to anyone my chopped salad when vacuum packed in a jar last twice as long as in plastic bowl or bag.

  5. Scrollwork
    April 11, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    Thanks! It never occurred to me to freeze them. By golly we’ll be buying more avocados now.

    • Diana
      April 11, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

      Always happy to encourage more avocados!

  6. Mark
    April 12, 2012 at 10:50 am #

    Very cool. I will do this from now on. I thought it would work doing it like this but now you have confirmed it. Thank you very much. :)

  7. Alissa B
    April 12, 2012 at 3:30 pm #

    What have you found to be the best way to thaw the avocado when you want to eat it?

  8. Ellen
    April 12, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

    This is amazing! But do you have thawing tips?

  9. Gail Novotny
    April 13, 2012 at 11:01 am #

    I have a wonderful avocado recipe that I have made for my Dining For Women Cause;
    It’s a cold soup that’s Avocado & Tequila soup

    • mg
      July 17, 2012 at 8:50 am #

      Will you please forward this recipe. sounds wonderful.

    • Kellie
      February 15, 2014 at 7:53 pm #

      Recipe Please. that sounds wonderful.

    • Doris Nettles
      July 29, 2014 at 12:10 pm #

      please send recipe

  10. Barb Moore, CH, RHN
    April 13, 2012 at 4:23 pm #

    Have you tried raw chocolate mousse made with mashed avacado?

    • Sandy
      February 16, 2014 at 12:08 pm #

      Yes! Actually I make a smoothy with it. YUM!!!!!

      • Doris Nettles
        July 29, 2014 at 12:11 pm #

        Would you share recipe

    • Sharon
      June 13, 2014 at 4:30 am #

      I have and it is delicious. No one knows it is from avocado until you tell them!

  11. Julie
    April 14, 2012 at 5:45 pm #

    Never knew you could freeze avocados. I’ve got to try this! (Found you via Pinterest.)

  12. Cassie
    April 14, 2012 at 7:07 pm #

    What’s the best way to use frozen avocado when it’s in a big bag like that? Just cut off a chunk?

    • melody
      May 23, 2014 at 6:33 am #

      When you put it in the bag, use a pencil and press indents on the package. once it is frozen the indents will provide a spot to break off certain amounts.

  13. Laurie
    April 18, 2012 at 9:28 pm #

    What a great idea! I’ve let too many avocados go bad. It would be easy enough to do just one avocado with the lemon juice in a sandwich bag to portion it out and freeze it. Love it! Thanks for the tip.

  14. Tiffany
    April 19, 2012 at 9:39 am #

    How well do they unfreeze? (consistency, look etc) In what ways do you use it after you have frozen it?

    • Marcia Little
      July 4, 2014 at 10:02 am #

      for guac, sandwich spreads, or salt and pepper and yum!

  15. Terrie
    April 25, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

    I would suggest either sandwich or quart bags for more user friendly portions.

  16. Trish
    April 26, 2012 at 7:15 am #

    Chocolate. Avocado. Mousse. You’ll never look at avocado’s the same way again… http://sogoodandtasty.blogspot.com/2010/02/chocolate-avocado-mousse.html

  17. Avo
    April 26, 2012 at 7:32 am #

    Question? How do you unfreeze it? I don’t like warm avocado

  18. itsjustme
    April 26, 2012 at 8:11 am #

    Would lime work as well as lemon? (I prefer the flavor of lime over lemon plus it would work well if it’s being used for guacamole). Thanks for sharing this tip.

    • Moppy
      November 8, 2012 at 6:09 am #

      Lime juice works just as well. I prefer it. We lived in Peru, SA 30 years and seldom had lemons.

  19. El paisano marihuano
    April 26, 2012 at 8:23 am #

    This seems to me like a frozen guacamole!!!
    just add onion.

  20. Jeff
    April 26, 2012 at 8:49 am #

    I’m wondering if you could initially freeze them in an ice cube tray, then once hardened transfer them to a freezer bag. That way you’d only have to thaw out what your intend to consume

    • bob
      February 11, 2013 at 7:12 pm #

      I really like your idea about freezing them in ice cube tray…

      Have you tried it yet?

      I look forward to your reply!

      Bob

  21. Cortney
    April 26, 2012 at 9:28 am #

    How do you recommend thawing them for the best results? I’m afraid they’ll be brown and pithy.

  22. Cristina
    April 26, 2012 at 9:33 am #

    Great Idea!
    Question? How do you prefer to de-frost what you scoop from the bag? Do you let it sit until soft again? Does it get too watery? Looking forward to trying this. Thank you so much!

  23. Jason
    April 27, 2012 at 11:19 am #

    Great idea!

    I’d always heard that avocados were poisonous to dogs. I guess Rusty either proved that wrong or had an iron stomach.

  24. Camilla Kyndesen
    April 27, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    Thank you for this tip! I never would have thought to freeze avocado. I often misjudge how fast/slow they ripen and end up with more ripe avocados than I can eat, so I will definitely be trying this :)

  25. Christine
    April 28, 2012 at 2:01 am #

    I freeze the whole avocado with the skin on, no need for lemon/lime that way. Then defrost before cutting it open when I need to make guacamole, chocolate mouse etc.

    • Elena
      June 14, 2014 at 6:41 pm #

      me too! :o)

      • Ramona
        October 9, 2014 at 2:23 am #

        What is the texture and taste like after freezing it whole? Could you still enjoy it in slices? Or does it change it’s color?

  26. jediblink
    April 28, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

    love avocado! my mom would mash them add some sugar and milk, she would freeze it or if we wanted to eat it right away serve it with shaved ice. . ohhh sooo good. if you have an icecream maker it’s even better.

  27. tiffany
    May 3, 2012 at 5:38 pm #

    When i used to work at quizno’s they had guacamole..it came frozen so we’d always thaw it and just cut a hole in the side of the bad, it never discoloured, except at the tip if it was there for a few days. Just something to consider if you’re worried about discolouring. I love it as a chocolate pudding, you just mix mashed avocado with choco powder and chill it. It’s also good in smoothies.

  28. Chris
    May 15, 2012 at 7:00 am #

    I’ve never came to the idea of freezing avocados… but why not?!? It’s simply a fantastic idea!

  29. Sarah G
    June 7, 2012 at 6:36 pm #

    Avocados are poisonous to dogs.
    Feeding them avocados can be fatal!!!!!
    http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/poison-control/people-foods.aspx

  30. Reinette
    June 8, 2012 at 12:38 pm #

    I also grew up with a HUGE avo tree beside our house in South Africa. It bore the large variety about three times the size of the Hass kind that is so popular her in Canada.
    We used to give boxes away when in season since it bore sooo much fruit.
    Never thought about freezing it- great idea!!

    I love to combine it in salsa with mango.

  31. TastefullyJulie
    June 10, 2012 at 8:35 pm #

    I have 10 avocados on the way in the mail from my aunt in Florida. Thanks so much for this!

  32. Dede Bunker
    June 12, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

    Mashed Avocado is a good baby food. I served my daughter mashed avocados plain or mixed with bananas. Far better then processed baby food

  33. Laurie
    June 13, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

    I add them to sour cream for our tacos! “Hides” them from the kids ;)

    • Diana
      June 27, 2012 at 10:28 am #

      What a great idea!

  34. Debbie
    June 30, 2012 at 7:47 am #

    I like my mashed avo with salt and pepper on buttered toast!

    • Diana
      June 30, 2012 at 10:31 am #

      I haven’t tried that Debbie but sounds simple and delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  35. Lauren
    July 14, 2012 at 4:13 am #

    I like making my mashed avacado dip.

    you need 4 ingredients and all you do is layer them in this order

    2 Avocados(mashed)
    3 Spring onions (chopped Finely)
    2.5 cups of cheese
    1 200mil tub of sour cream

    Put mashed avocado on the plate then sprinkle chopped spring onions on top then grated cheese then spread sour cream to finish.

    Its so easy and yummy!!

    • Cindy
      May 17, 2014 at 10:30 pm #

      In Australia we would also add re-fried beans & salsa & we call it Mexican layer dip. Yummmmmmmmmmmmm

  36. Joy
    July 17, 2012 at 6:30 am #

    Avacado ice cream is wonderful. Google a recipe.

  37. GlutenFreeVeganMe
    July 17, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

    Chocolate brownies with avocado frosting. They are amazing and very healthy (for brownies). http://glutenfreevegan.me/?p=465

  38. Kamila
    July 20, 2012 at 10:31 am #

    I think this is great idea, but I would rather freeze it in a icecube mold and than transfer it to bigger bag, This way if you just need a bit you can get only one cube if you need a lot you defrost entire bag full of cubes. (I do that with my basil pesto)

  39. Mark
    December 4, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

    This all sounds great. I love the idea of not wasting my avocado. Just one question I haven’t seen answered here. What effect does freezing avocado have on its “nutritional benefit potency”? Thanks.

  40. Kelli
    February 1, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

    You may love this pie. I did. It tastes like key lime pie in many ways.
    http://www.avocadosfrommexico.com/recipe-Sweet-Avocado-Pie.html

  41. Sheila
    February 24, 2013 at 10:39 am #

    Avocado in berry smoothies…surprisingly creamy & delicious!!!!
    or just mashed with frozen berries – soooo tasty you wouldn’t believe it!!

  42. Sheila
    February 24, 2013 at 10:42 am #

    p.s thanks for the info – love your site!!

  43. casta
    June 27, 2013 at 11:57 am #

    I drink it as juice it is lovely ,two fruits with 1 1/2 glass of milk 4 honey spoons ,crushed ice and mix it all,hmmmmmmm lovely.
    thx for the tip.

  44. Jane Chisanga
    June 29, 2013 at 8:35 am #

    You are wonderful now I can freeze as much as I can from my avocado tree. Tks

    • Diana
      September 27, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

      Ahhhh, slightly jealous of your avocado tree. I really miss having one. Glad I could help!

  45. Fernando
    July 5, 2013 at 10:04 am #

    What if you don’t have lemon or lime at hand. Would it still work to freeze it only smashed?

    • Diana
      August 2, 2013 at 5:55 pm #

      The citrus helps keep it from browning (like putting lemon juice on cut apples), but so does reducing surface area exposure, so you could probably either put it in a bag with all the air squeezed out, or in a container with saran wrap pressed on the surface to keep it from all turning brown.

  46. Christine
    July 26, 2013 at 11:47 pm #

    This is such a great idea! I never thought about freezing avocado before. I also buy avocados 10 at a time, and now I know I can stock up and freeze them for those times of the year when they are expensive.

    Thanks!

    • Diana
      August 2, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

      You’re so welcome!

  47. Chena
    August 15, 2013 at 8:13 pm #

    I mash my avocados and put them in 4-oz jelly jars before putting them in the freezer. Then, once frozen, I pry the avocado out of the jar and place the still-frozen avocado “cubes” in a zip-loc freezer bag. Then I have perfectly-portioned, individual avocados I can grab as-needed.

    • Diana
      August 20, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

      That’s a great idea Chena!

  48. Chena
    August 15, 2013 at 8:15 pm #

    My favorite way to eat mashed avocado is to make guacamole and serve it over black beans and brown rice like a naked-buritto. A little salsa is also a great addition. Yummy!

  49. Chena
    August 15, 2013 at 8:18 pm #

    One of my son’s favorite ways to use guacamole is in his “green eggs” recipe – he boils some eggs, slices them and removes the yolk, then scoops homemade guacamole in the hole – deviled egg style! (you can also mix the yolk right into the guacamole, if you like.)

    • Diana
      August 20, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

      I’ve actually never had guacamole with eggs, I’ll have to try this!

    • Diana
      August 20, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

      I’ve actually never had guacamole with eggs. That sounds really good!

      • Wayde
        May 19, 2014 at 4:02 pm #

        I put them in my Omelets all the time, it’s quiet wonderful.

  50. harry
    October 8, 2013 at 2:37 am #

    have friend with with several trees & would would appreciate any type of recepe for advos. to hpwestlake1@bigpond.com
    harry australia.

  51. Patti
    February 1, 2014 at 5:48 am #

    Found this recipe via Pinterest. As a novice to avocado I am interested in learning anything I can to use this as a replacement in recipes. I thought freezing them would be good so I could use them each time a recipe came up.
    That being said, I must tell you I skipped the step to mash them. I just scooped out, added lemon juice and started the mixer. I was only on a medium-low speed and had avocado flying everywhere! As I was stooping to pick a piece off the floor another piece came out and slapped me on the side of my face! I had a facial while I was mixing the avocado! Too funny.
    Thank you for this post. I think this will help me on my journey with avocado. Next time I will mash before I start the mixer!

    • Diana
      February 7, 2014 at 6:18 pm #

      Hahaha! Love your sense of humor Patti! People pay good money for avocado facials right? Glad you’re discovering the joy of avocado. You might like my fresh avocado tomato salsa recipe. We have been eating it constantly this month. Thanks for the comment and I look forward to hearing more from you in the future.

  52. Jan
    February 9, 2014 at 1:31 pm #

    Love avocados I like to just put a little EVOO a little garlic pwdr, salt, and Alessi Italian seasoning for a quick snack instead of grabbing junk food. Thanks for the tip

  53. Charissa Lind
    February 10, 2014 at 8:22 pm #

    I made WAY too much guacamole this weekend for a party, and I was so sad about losing my beautiful avocados….until I remembered seeing this article! I’m so excited they won’t go to waste! Thanks for sharing :D

  54. Carole Edminson
    February 16, 2014 at 7:54 am #

    When buying avocados look at the top. If the little nub where it’s attached to the tree is missing don’t buy it. Those almost always have started going bad. I learned this a few years ago and haven’t had to cut off the top ever since.

  55. Marcia Clark
    February 16, 2014 at 10:58 am #

    When I was a kid we used to mash avocados and add a little mayo and some salt and spread on a slice of bread then put in the oven and broil just until the avo was warm and slightly browned. Yummy. We also had exchange students from Mexico tell us to put the pit back in the guacamole and it wouldn’t turn brown. Well, it worked a little bit, but putting plastic wrap right down on it so air couldn’t get to it seemed to work better. Wondering, since the pit is supposed to help keep the avocado from turning black, what would happen if you simply peeled the avocado whole, made a few slices in it to help remove it from the pit when thawed, then wrapped it tightly in plastic wrap and froze it pit and all. Would the frozen pit cause any change in the flavor after thawing? Just curious if anyone has tried this.

  56. Trish
    February 17, 2014 at 8:28 pm #

    I eat it on Toast with cracked pepper, yum!

  57. Amy
    February 23, 2014 at 5:57 am #

    Avocado + strawberries frozen; in the blender. OOOOOOOOh so good.

    • Diana
      February 27, 2014 at 10:03 am #

      Oh Amy, I am literally going to go try that right now! Thanks so much for the tip, and I look forward to hearing more from you in the future.

  58. Julie-Anne
    February 27, 2014 at 10:02 pm #

    All week, as part of my breakfast, I mashed a boiled egg (pre-boiled enough for the week stored in the fridge in a container of water so is easy to peel – the egg that is) along with 1/4 avocado also mashed, even though I love the flavour of avocado alone, I HAVE to add a good shake of mild curry powder! Yum! And about 1/8 tsp of unrefined extra virgin coconut oil! Double yum! Why only 1/4? Because I love avocado so much I have to have it also as my dessert-treat after lunch & after supper – & maybe along with a snack or 2 between those meals too! But the way I said – avocado mashed with egg with mild curry powder – the best!

    • Diana
      February 28, 2014 at 10:02 am #

      Love avocado and boiled eggs, and the curry powder tip is great. Thanks Julie-Anne! Hope to hear more great tips from you :)

    • Donna Harris
      May 18, 2014 at 9:18 am #

      trying this one!

    • Donna Harris
      May 18, 2014 at 9:30 am #

      1. Mashed avocado, mixed with different herbs and/or spices (depending on the sandwich) as a substitute for mayo as a sandwich spread.
      2. Also mix mashed avocado with ginger and add it to stir fry (at the end). When it blends with whatever liquid is in th stir fry, it’s out of this world!
      3. It’s also great in smoothies.
      4. And it’s wonderful as a relpacement for the butter or shortening when making cookies. It’s amazing all the veggies I get into my little boys cookies and brownies – spinach, avocado, carrots (cooked and in the blender, canned pumpkin (I use pure, not the pie mix)!!

  59. jeri hyde
    March 7, 2014 at 1:44 am #

    I absolutely love avocados and they generally don’t have the chance to go bad…now they will never have that opportunity. I eat them like apples. I can hardly wait for the next sale. I will fill my freezer!

  60. Debra
    March 7, 2014 at 3:48 am #

    I use it as a sandwich spread instead of mayo or mustard.

  61. Janet
    March 7, 2014 at 12:03 pm #

    Once the avocado is mashed can you just put a blob on a cookie sheet, freeze, then put the blobs in the Ziploc & get rid of the air? would that brief time exposed to the air cause discoloration? I do that with my berries–freeze quickly on a tray & then put in the bag & all are loose to use only a portion at a time.

  62. Ronnie
    March 7, 2014 at 6:54 pm #

    can you slice them and freeze them with lemon juice on them.

  63. Kaleo
    March 7, 2014 at 11:37 pm #

    Mahalo for the great tip on freezing and not wasting any wonderful avocados! Love them mashed on a warm toasted English muffin. When I was a little girl my Kupuna (grandmother) gather the avocados from the tree just outside the back porch. She would mash the avocado with just enough sugar than spread it on the softest white bread for all my little cousin and me. This is how I learned what an avocado was. Yummie!!!

  64. heidi
    March 8, 2014 at 9:48 am #

    I love them with german liverwurst

  65. Marsha Burgess
    March 11, 2014 at 6:07 am #

    I love, love avocado!! will be trying all these suggestions!
    Thanks!

  66. Dawn
    March 11, 2014 at 12:39 pm #

    Could it work to freeze sliced avocado? I like sliced avocados in my salads and sandwiches.

  67. Joannie
    March 11, 2014 at 3:03 pm #

    I just cut mine in half, remove the pit, and place them in food saver bags, or ziploc vacuum bags. I take what I need out and it seems to only take about an hour to defrost. I’ve never timed it, but after being frozen, they scoop out very easily.

  68. Joan
    March 11, 2014 at 3:42 pm #

    Great ideas. We had fuerte avocados in our yard in CA and thoroughly enjoyed having all we wanted for years. Retired in non-avocado country and they are expensive and not nearly as large and nice. I always like to mash them on lightly buttered or plain toast with salt and pepper sprinkled over top.

  69. waled kamal
    April 1, 2014 at 4:32 am #

    This is a great idea!
    big thanks

  70. Tara Cunningham
    April 2, 2014 at 10:18 pm #

    Great idea… does the lemon make them taste like citrus?? i love them in smoothies and dont know if it will affect the taste… thanks for the idea

  71. mary ann
    April 3, 2014 at 6:23 am #

    Love Avacado, I cut them in half remove the pit and use italian dressing on them then just eat with a spoon, Great! I also use the pits and grow avacodos, Just put toothpicks on each side place over a small glass of water. The pit should rest in the water………….soon you will have a plant growing..

  72. Jean
    April 28, 2014 at 8:14 am #

    Avocado, green onion, sour cream, scoup of salsa and fresh shrimp. Serve on endive or lettuce cups.

    • Diana
      April 28, 2014 at 12:23 pm #

      That sounds fantastic Jean!

  73. sharon
    May 17, 2014 at 10:26 pm #

    why can’t you leave in large chunks instead of mashing?

  74. Debra Jordaan
    May 18, 2014 at 12:30 am #

    Awesome…my family eat Avo’s every day. I have a way to ripen a very hard avo in 2-3 days, and the come out with absolutely no bruise marks, they are perfect. I place about 4 at a time in a brown bag and add an apple, close the bag and put it in the cupboard. Definetly going to start freezing them….thank you :)

  75. Betty
    May 18, 2014 at 7:34 am #

    You can use Fruit Fresh found in canning supplies it is really good for lots of fresh fruit and also use lime or lemon

  76. Nikki Booyce
    May 18, 2014 at 7:53 am #

    You don’t have to mash them. Just cutting them in half, removing the pits, squirt a little lime juice and put in freezer bags (I vacuum seal). Lemon juice can be substituted. Never know the difference.

    • Aimee
      July 17, 2014 at 7:34 am #

      This is what I was wondering about. I make an avocado and tomato salad almost daily and was wondering if I could leave them whole without peeling in a vacuum sealed bag. Cutting in half would definitely work. Thanks for the tip!

  77. Cristina
    May 18, 2014 at 10:03 am #

    This I must test, I love avocado!
    One receoip I can share from “cold” Sweden is my favorite avocado soup

    serves 2
    3 dl boiling water
    1 cube of broth that you like, I use an organic vegetarian brand
    2 avocado

    Place the avocado, the water and broth in a blender, mix.
    Enjoy :)

  78. Wendy
    May 18, 2014 at 2:48 pm #

    I spread it on toast. So yummy!

  79. Dawn E
    May 19, 2014 at 5:40 am #

    Make toast, spread avocado on one side, put Miracle Whip on the other side, add 3 slices of cooked bacon and a slice of big boy tomato. Viola! BAT (Bacon, avocado & Tomato sandwich)! Yummy!!!!

  80. Misty
    May 19, 2014 at 8:16 am #

    Thank you Diana!! Great article, I make avocado face mask, sliced on ricecakes, mix in salads, and eat it straight with a little salt and pepper;)

  81. Wayde
    May 19, 2014 at 3:59 pm #

    When I make pesto I keep it in a jar mash it down level and cover it with Olive oil to keep it fresh. I bet that would work for avocados as well.

  82. Connie
    May 20, 2014 at 11:13 am #

    Great ideas. Don’t discard pits though. Stick toothpicks into them and set the picks atop a glass filled with water so that just the bottom is in the water. Place on a sunny window sill. Soon you will see the bottom of the pit crack and a root come out. Later it will crack at the top and a plant will sprout up. Eventually, with little work, it will be an avocado tree even though it will likely not bear fruit. Something fun to do with the kids.

  83. Darla
    May 21, 2014 at 2:15 pm #

    I slice the avocado into individual pieces, place on a cookie tray, brush on lemon (or lime) juice and freeze as you would fruit. Once the pieces are frozen I drop them into a freezer bag and pull out as many pieces as I need at a time. I have also found cold avocado soups freeze well and make great dips later in the year.

    • Aimee
      July 17, 2014 at 7:36 am #

      Good idea! Thanks!

  84. Mary
    June 7, 2014 at 8:19 pm #

    Yes,you can freeze them in ice cube trats, or little individual Tupperware bowls. My daughter makes my grandson avacado in ice cube trays

  85. Loree
    June 8, 2014 at 9:54 am #

    I freeze avocado halves. Cut your ripe avocados in half. Wrap each half in plastic wrap. Place in freezer ziploc bags. When ready to use, thaw at room temp for 1 hour.

  86. lael lineberry
    June 11, 2014 at 5:54 pm #

    If you like smaller portions, freeze them in smaller bags. Or only fill to half in thickness – that makes it easier to break off only as much as you want. You can also use the handle of a wooden spoon to press a tic-tack-toe pattern into a filled bag – “scoring” break-lines in before you freeze. As with anything you freeze, flat and thin thaws faster than fat lumps or icecubes. I don’t mind putting my cubes of chicken broth in the microwave to speed them along, but I would mind with avocado.

  87. Brandy K.
    July 16, 2014 at 12:07 pm #

    I was wondering if anyone had ever tried to can avacodos… like you can other fruits and vegetables? If so, what was the result? Thanks :)

  88. Missy
    July 22, 2014 at 9:49 pm #

    Make salad dressing…yummmy

  89. Suzy W.
    July 23, 2014 at 2:56 am #

    One of my favorite ways to eat avocados is to peel then, remove pit, squeeze lime juice over the halves and top generously with chili powder. Awesome !

  90. Angie Steele
    July 28, 2014 at 9:23 am #

    I take hard boiled eggs with avacado & mash then put them on toast. This & in a salad are the only ways I have ever tried them. This is a new food for me. ;)

  91. Peggy
    August 3, 2014 at 7:03 pm #

    Try mushing ripe avocado with softened cream Philadelphia cheese. Great dip for chips and you will swear you put garlic salt and powdered in it. You may wan to add a shake or two of hot sauce.

  92. sis
    August 7, 2014 at 4:11 pm #

    I like to use muffin pans (mini and regular) to freeze. If you have silicone muffin pans even easier to remove. Most people I know don’t have ice cube trays but they do have muffin pans. You can do a combo and then have different sizes available.

  93. Mary
    August 30, 2014 at 6:29 am #

    When I freeze thinks I use snack bags & then put in quart freeze bags then u dont have 2 unfreeze awhole quart size bag.

  94. Erika
    September 4, 2014 at 6:36 am #

    As a dutch kid growing up in Brazil, we had avocados falling from the trees. My Mom used to put avocado in the blender, add a little lemon juice and a little sugar and a little milk, and blend it until fluffy and of pudding consistency. We would eat it in little bowls and eat with tiny Dutch teaspoons, and savor every bite. My father grew up in Indonesia, so maybe it’s traditional there. My Mom said when we were babies and if we were sick, she would give us this avocado pudding. It’s a superfood.

  95. Dianne
    November 14, 2014 at 11:02 pm #

    chop some onion and put in mixture. When saving half an avocado, I put a slice of onion over the half and it keeps it fresh for days in the refrig.

  96. Linda Luna
    November 15, 2014 at 4:51 am #

    Loved reading all the comments! Will definitely be freezing avocados now and buying in bulk! I eat avocados daily either in smoothies or a salad. A great smoothie recipe is half a large avocado, one banana and about a half a cup of fresh cut pineapple. I also use a little bit of almond milk to thin it out. So yummy!

  97. Michelle
    December 8, 2014 at 1:46 pm #

    I’m going to try this, we moved to Maine last year and avocados & jalapenos are so pricey here. Receive 2 boxes from dear friends in Texas today, one had 25 yes 25 avocados the other had 71/2 pounds of jalapenos. They both said they were laughing so hard when they boxed them up to send them to us. Now I know I can save what we can’t eat before they go bad. Thanks for the tips.

    • Diana
      December 8, 2014 at 2:00 pm #

      You’re so welcome Michelle. I would be so excited to get a box of 25 avocados!!!

  98. Michelle
    December 8, 2014 at 3:36 pm #

    Diana, we were doing the happy dance lol

  99. Hildegard
    December 14, 2014 at 11:17 am #

    Hi, can anyone help me please. In South Africa the avo season is coming to an end but I need fresh avo for a big birthday party for my sushi. You all only talk about freezing avo pulp. Can I freeze the halved or even a whole avo? Should it be ripe or still very firm when I freeze it? How would I defrost it? Please help♥

    • Diana
      December 15, 2014 at 1:30 pm #

      Unfortunately Hildegard, whole or halved avocados just don’t seem to freeze well. Once you thaw them, the texture is quite different so it would probably only work for things that you want pureed avocado in, in which case it would most likely be easier to freeze them already mashed.

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