An easy way to keep avocados for longer is to freeze them. Frozen avocados are great for adding to smoothies to give a thick and creamy texture.
Avocados are useful for giving smoothies a satisfying and creamy texture. However, fresh avocados can be hard to store because they don’t last a long time.
Ripe avocados only last 1-3 days. But freezing them will extend their shelf-life.
Plus, when used in smoothies, frozen avocados will thicken the drink more than fresh ones. They also omit the need for ice, since they’ll naturally chill the drink.
The nutrient content of frozen and fresh avocado is the same. Freezing retains the nutrients in fruit, including avocado.
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Step 1: Rinse the avocados under cool running water. Gently rub the skin to remove any debris or residue. Dry with a clean towel.
Step 2: Cut the avocados in half, lengthwise. Move your knife top to bottom, slicing around the pit. Pull apart the two halves and remove the pit.
Step 3: Peel the skin and cut into cubes or wedges. You can also scoop the flesh out of the skin, then cut.
Step 4: Place on a baking sheet in a single layer.
Step 5: Transfer the baking sheet to the freezer.
Freeze for 1 to 2 hours, or until the avocados are frozen.
Step 6: Put the avocados in a freezer-safe bag and store in the freezer.
Check for the perfect ripeness.
Only freeze ripe avocados. A ripe avocado is slightly firm but has some give when you gently squeeze it.
If it’s under ripe, it will be too hard. If it’s overripe, it will be very soft and mushy.
Cut into cubes for low-powered blenders.
For less powerful blenders, cut the avocados into cubes to ensure a smooth blend.
If your blender is high-powered, you can cut them into bigger pieces, like wedges.
Use a plate.
You can also freeze the avocados on a freezer-safe plate or a foil pie pan.
This is ideal if your baking sheet is too large or there’s limited space in the freezer.
Avoid overfilling the bag.
When placing frozen avocados in a bag, don’t add too much. This will make it difficult to fully close the seal, which might let air in and cause freezer burn.
Questions You May Have
You can freeze avocados, but they need to be perfectly ripe and stored in an airtight bag. This will help prevent freezer burn.
Frozen avocados will last 3-6 months in the freezer. Their shelf-life is shorter than other fruits because of their creamy texture.
Always add frozen avocados directly to smoothies. Thawing will make them grainy and mushy.
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How to Freeze Avocados for Smoothies
- Prepare baking sheet.Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
- Wash and dry the avocados.Rinse the avocados under cool running water. Gently rub the skin to remove any debris or residue. Dry with a clean towel.
- Cut the avocados in half, lengthwise.Move your knife top to bottom, slicing straight down along the pit. Pull apart the two halves and remove the pit.
- Peel and cut into cubes or wedges.You can also scoop the flesh out of the skin, then cut.
- Put the avocados in the freezer for 1-2 hours.Place the avocados on the baking sheet in a single layer. Make sure the avocado pieces are separate from each other. Transfer the baking sheet to the freezer. Freeze for 1 to 2 hours, or until the avocados are frozen.
- Put frozen avocados into a freezer-safe bag and store in the freezer.Push out the excess air and press the seal to close. Use frozen avocados in 3-6 months for the best texture.
- Pick ripe avocados that are slightly firm but have some give when gently squeezed.
- For less powerful blenders, cut the avocados into cubes. Wedges are fine for high-powered blenders.
- If your baking sheet is too big for your freezer, use a freezer-safe plate instead.
- When putting avocados into a bag, don’t overfill it. This will make it hard to close properly and increase the risk of freezer burn.
- Frozen avocado should be added directly to smoothies. Thawing will make them mushy and grainy.