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With avocados, smoothies are made incredibly creamy, silky, and smooth, which makes them something that you might have thought was only possible with an expensive blender or by visiting your long-lost smoothie shop.
In addition, they will add a healthy boost of fat and fiber to your breakfast, which will help you to sustain your hunger until lunch.
If you have extra avocados, portion them out, sprinkle a little lemon juice to prevent oxidization, and then freeze them in airtight containers or freezer bags and they’ll last up to six months.
There is nothing more exciting than finding good avocados at the farmer’s market if you are an avocado enthusiast.
It’s amazing what you can imagine when you are on your own the possibilities that await you for healthy and delicious meals throughout the week – avocado toast, smoothies, salads, tacos, bowls, and homemade guacamole.
However, once you arrive at your home you may be disappointed to discover that you bought too many avocados to be able to consume them within the three to the five-day period when they are at their ripest.
Brown, mushy guacamole is not something you want to eat!
As far as long-term preservation goes, avocados are extremely forgiving-you can freeze them whole, sliced, or mashed, depending on how you want them.
By doing this, you’ll be in a position to prepare them in advance and to use them for different recipes whenever the mood takes you.
Can You Blend Avocado And Freeze It?
Avocados must be frozen carefully to ensure the nutrient content, texture, color, and flavor are not affected.
The bright, vibrant green of an avocado is aesthetically so pleasing you just want to munch on it constantly.
But a brown avocado? Err…..
For freezing and thawing for reuse, avocados are often puréed or cut into halves or chunks, allowing numerous surfaces to be exposed to air.
The oxidization process starts, and avocados can turn fully brown in a few months.
Not too pleasant!
Avocados can quickly brown when thawed, so they need to be prepared and stored correctly.
A brown avocado is definitely edible, it has merely gone through a natural, chemical process, but the loss of nutrients and taste is minimal.
To prevent or slow the oxidization process, spray a small amount of lemon juice or vinegar before freezing. Most commercially prepared frozen avocados to contain ascorbic acid or citric acid.
In addition, ensure that the fruit is sealed completely.
It may suffer freezer burn if not properly protected, causing discoloration and drying.
In addition to healthy fats and fiber, avocados also contain potassium, copper, folate, niacin, and vitamins C, E, and K.
When foods are frozen, they retain their nutritional value, including the calories, fiber, and minerals that they contain, but the water-soluble vitamins they contain, such as Vitamin B6 and folate, are reduced.
While no research has determined exactly how much nutrients are lost when avocados are frozen, you can expect some loss – especially if the avocados are stored for extended periods.
While nutrients degrade over time in fresh produce, freezing offers minimal nutrient losses.
Frozen foods generally don’t affect their flavor, although different processing methods may.
Vinegar or lemon juice can alter the taste of food to some extent if they are used to prevent browning.
In guacamole, avocados will not have as strong of a flavor.
Smooth, creamy avocados lose their texture when frozen, and can become slimy, watery, and mushy after they have been thawed.
Thawed avocados still can be used in dips like guacamole, or added to smoothies, which will negate the potentially unpleasant texture.
In addition, you can make an avocado puree and add it to any of your other dishes.
Can I Freeze Avocado Slices?
Avocados are a delicious and nutritious fruit that can be enjoyed in many different ways.
One way to enjoy them is to freeze them before they go bad.
Freezing avocados is easy, and it allows you to stock up on this tasty and healthy food when it’s in season.
Here’s how to freeze avocados:
- Start with ripe avocados. If they’re not quite ripe, you can ripen them by putting them in a paper bag for a few days.
- Cut the avocados in half and remove the pit.
- Remove the skin and slice the avocados into the desired thickness.
- Spray some lemon juice lightly to prevent the avocados from oxidizing and turning brown.
- Transfer them to an airtight container or a freezer bag.
- You can store them in the freezer for up to 6 months.
- When you’re ready to use your frozen avocados, just remove them from the freezer and let them thaw at room temperature for about 30 minutes.
They’ll be ready to use in your favorite recipes, from guacamole and dips to smoothies and baked goods!
How Do You Freeze Avocado Chunks For Smoothies?
Here’s how to store frozen avocado.
Puree or mashed
You can make mashed or pureed avocado by hand or in a food processor after peeling and pitting.
Add any additional seasonings at this point – but avoid adding tomatoes or onions at this point since these vegetables tend to release water when thawed.
By hand or with a vacuum sealer, press out as much air as possible from the purée before placing it in a container, an ice cube tray, or a resealable bag. Freeze the bags at -18°C (0°F). Label and date the bags.
Frozen halves or pieces
You have to first cut an avocado in half, remove the pit, and then peel it.
It can then be chopped into smaller chunks or stored in slices.
Brush it with lemon juice to help prevent browning, then wrap or reseal the avocado in plastic wrap or a resealable bag.
Vacuum sealing is also an option.
To prevent freezer burn and browning of the flesh, make sure as little air touches it as possible.
The avocado can be labeled and dated, then frozen at 0°F (-18°C).
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