How to Extend the Life of Your Avocados
Everyone loves avocados for a reason. They are healthy, tasty, and filling. Unfortunately, as soon as you slice open an avocado, you have the culinary equivalent of a ticking time bomb on your hands. If you leave a cut avocado out for a few hours, even when you pop it in the fridge, it will inevitably turn brown and mushy. But fret not, there are several creative ways to preserve your beloved avocados.
Where to Store Avocados
You can prolong the life of your uncut avocados by storing them in the fridge, rather than on the counter. Unripe avocados can take anywhere from four to seven days to ripen in room temperature. The refrigerator's cool temperature, on the other hand, actually slows the ripening process, thus helping to preserve your avocados for longer. You can also place your ripe avocados that you are not yet ready to use in the refrigerator to prolong its life before they become overripe.
When you anticipate the need for an avocado, you can simply take the unripe avocado out of the fridge and place it on the counter to complete the ripening process. You can also hasten the ripening process by placing it in a paper bag. To further speed up the process, you can place the avocado in a paper bag alongside an apple or a banana.
Extending the Life of a Cut Avocado
Once you have cut the avocado, it is time to preserve it before it turns brown. Some avocado-lovers are adamant that keeping the pit within the remaining half of the avocado prolongs its freshness. While that will prevent the area that the pit covers from turning brown, it does nothing to the other areas that are exposed. Others insist that you should just tightly wrap the avocado in plastic wrap; But if you have any air pockets, you will see some browning in those areas. Some people are insistent that adding lime or lemon juice on the surface of the remaining portion keeps it fresh. Yet others rub a light coating of oil on the surface of the leftover avocado meat and wrap it tightly with plastic wrap, forming a seal that prevents air from reaching the avocado meat. Though you can preserve an avocado's life with olive oil or just about any other type of oil, it is better to use avocado oil. Not only will it help you preserve the avocado for longer, it will provide even more of that tasty avocado flavor we all love. However, it is important to note that both with the juices or with the oils, the remaining portion of the avocado can become a bit slimy or even a bit mushy.
The best method we have found for storing cut avocados is by placing it in an airtight container with chopped onions. There is an enzyme within avocado that interacts with the surrounding oxygen, which ultimately results in the browning of the avocado flesh. The sulfur in onions prevents oxidation and helps to preserve your avocados. So go ahead and place your cut avocado in a high-quality, airtight container, drop in pieces of yellow, white or red onion next to the exposed avocado meat, cover it with the lid, and pop it in your refrigerator. This method will keep your avocado nice and tasty for at least a few days. For a full layer of protection, some people prefer to keep the pit in the cut avocado, and chop up red onions and place them at the bottom of the container.
It is also important to note that you should never purchase several bags of avocados unless you plan to use or consume large quantities, such as to make guacamole for a party. The last thing you need is for your avocados to go bad after half a week or a week's time because you bought too many. If you’re worried that you won’t be able to make it to the store to buy avocados, keep in mind that you can always have groceries delivered right to your door. That way, you don’t risk having to throw away precious avocados, and with Carrot Krate, you know that the avocados being delivered are always fresh.