Avocado is one of the best foods to eat if you have concerns about heart disease or cholesterol. The problem is that during the off season these bits of goodness can get quite expensive. Buying them when they are in season is the best choice as long as you know how to freeze avocado.
How to Freeze Avocado
Some foods can be frozen whole. Others can be cut up and frozen in pieces. When it comes to avocado, the best way to freeze it is pureed. Most people use avocado pureed anyhow, so at least this means it’s ready to used when thawed.
Clean the avocado. Run it under warm water and use your hands to wash it off. Peel the skin off once the avocado is clean. You might wonder why you need to wash it before you peel it. Any time you are working with food you need to keep the area as clean as possible. It is possible that you wouldn’t get anything from the skin on the meat of the avocado if you didn’t wash it. It’s also possible that you would. Why take a chance? It only takes a few moments to wash it off.
Cut it into small pieces. Put it in the food processor and puree it. You can also mash it by hand. It is just easier to use the food processor if you have more than one avocado. You also need to add a tablespoon of lemon on lime juice per avocado. This is another reason you may want to use a food processor. When you mash it by hand the lemon or lime juice may not get evenly dispersed. In a food processor it would be easier to make sure it is evenly dispersed.
Bag and Freeze
Always be sure to label you freezer bag before putting the food in it. It is much easier to write on an empty bag than a full one. Place the pureed avocado in a freezer bag. Zip the bag until it is almost closed. Squeeze the air out of the bag and continue to close it.
Once you learn how to freeze avocado you can start learning about different ways to use it. Since the flavor is so mild it is easy to use as a filler or spread. You just need to season it to taste. Guacamole dip is the most common use for avocado, but not the only one. Try adding it to omelets or as a spread on crackers. You can even add it to a smoothie.
*Tip: If you plan to use your avocado in small bits, freeze it in ice cube trays before placing it in a bag. Then you can just use one cube at a time.