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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70 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!

  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!

  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.

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

    Have you tried raw chocolate mousse made with mashed avacado?

  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?

  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?

  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.

  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!!

  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!

  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. 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.

  53. 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 :)

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