Finding the perfectly ripe avocado when needed is no easy feat. Guacamole is the perfect good-for-you, creamy dip that provides the perfect finish to taco’s, nachos, and even toast.
- Types of Guacamole
- Can I Freeze Guacamole?
- How To Freeze Guacamole
- How To Thaw Frozen Guacamole
Avocados, however, are so temperamental. They are either too hard, too soft, too brown, or too expensive. When purchasing a large batch at a good price in-season, they all ripen at the same time and you are stuck with avocado overload.
There is great news to what may seem like a taco-Tuesday catastrophe. Guacamole can be made in advance and frozen! No need to toss any of your ripe avos or sadly witness your guacamole turning brown. Here is your ultimate guide to freezing guacamole.
Types of Guacamole
Guacamole is a simple, yet delicious avocado dip made with mashed ripe avocado and salt.
Once an avocado is cut and exposed to oxygen, an enzyme reaction causes the avocado to turn brown. Lemon or lime juice is added to the guacamole to prevent this browning reaction which results in an unpleasant appearance.
The base of avocado, salt, and lemon or lime juice is the same for all guacamole types, but from here many additions can be added to spruce it up further to one’s preference. Some people like to add garlic, pepper, cilantro, jalapeno, tomatoes, sour cream, or finely chopped onion as variations.
Can I Freeze Guacamole?
Yes, guacamole actually freezes very well when stored correctly. In saying that, it is important to note that only the base of guacamole is suitable for freezing and that water- or dairy-rich ingredients such as tomatoes, onions, or sour cream will make it unappetizing once thawed.
For the best results, freeze your guacamole without these additions and add them fresh once the guacamole is thawed, just before serving.
How To Freeze Guacamole
Guacamole can be frozen either in an airtight container or in a zip lock freezer bag. Follow the below instructions to ensure your guacamole is creamy and delicious once thawed.
Method 1: Freezer Bag
Step 1: Mix Well
If you are making the guacamole yourself, mash the avocados, adding salt to taste, and lemon juice as per your recipe. Mix well so that the acid is evenly distributed, and until smooth. Do not add any other ingredients to the guacamole you are going to place in the freezer.
Step 2: Portion and Pack
Divide your guacamole into the quantities you will need at a time and scoop each portion into a resealable freezer bag.
Step 3: Remove Air
Lightly shake the guacamole in the bag to get rid of any air bubbles. Lie the bag flat and then press out any remaining air in the bag before sealing it fully. The aim is to avoid as much contact with air as possible during freezing as this will damage the color, texture, and taste of the guacamole.
Step 4: Label and Freeze
Label the freezer bags with a permanent marker. Write the contents and date to keep track of when it was placed in the freezer. Lie the bags flat in the freezer to firm up evenly.
Method 2: Container
Step 1: Prepare your Guacamole
If you are making the guacamole yourself, mash the avocados, adding salt to taste, and lemon juice as per your recipe. Mix well so that the acid is evenly distributed and until smooth. Do not add any other ingredients to the guacamole you are going to place in the freezer.
Step 2: Pack into Containers
Portion your guacamole in amounts you will need and scoop it into a freezer-friendly air-tight Tupperware.
Step 3: Seal
Lightly shake the container to get rid of any air bubbles. Place a piece of cling film or wax paper directly on top of the guacamole so that there is no contact with air. Then place the lid tightly on the container.
Step 4: Label and Freeze
Label the container with the contents and date to keep track of when it was placed in the freezer.
How To Thaw Frozen Guacamole
There are a couple of ways in which you can defrost guacamole, depending on the amount of time you have.
Method 1: Refrigerate
Place the guacamole straight into the refrigerator to defrost. This will take a few hours or can be done overnight.
Method 2: Water Bath
Place the sealed bag or jar of frozen guacamole into a bowl of room temperature water to help it thaw a little faster than it would in the fridge. This method works well for guacamole that has been frozen flat in a freezer bag as the surface area is large and therefore thaws fairly quickly.
Preparation after thawing:
If the guacamole is in a freezer bag, the easiest way to get it out is to cut a small corner off the bottom of the bag and squeeze it out as if it were a piping bag.
Regardless of the method you have used to defrost your guacamole, empty it into a clean bowl once thawed and mix well into a smooth consistency. You could even give it a quick whizz in a blender if desired.
If you wish to add any fresh ingredients such as onions, tomatoes or sour cream, now is the time to do so. Enjoy.
When it feels like the entire avo tree has ripened at once, or you find an in-season bargain in store, don’t hesitate to go guacamole crazy and freeze your stock.
Make the most of it and you will have guacamole on hand for months to come without having to worry about where to find your favorite creamy green dip.
The two main things to remember when working with avocado and making guacamole is to add some lemon juice and to protect it from contact with air to prevent browning.
With the same delicious taste and creamy texture after thawing, there is no more excuse to have a guac-less taco next Tuesday.
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