Avocados have a mind of their own. They seem to never firm up when you need them to and when they do, you’ve only got a window of opportunity to enjoy them before they start browning! Well, no more bad avos on our watch!
Here’s the best method for keeping your avocados fresh for longer. Plus, we share four more tips that work almost just as well.
The water immersion method
When avocados are exposed to air, they start to brown due to oxidation. The water immersion method creates a barrier between the avocado flesh and the air, slowing down the oxidation process.
Follow these steps to keep avocados fresh with water immersion:
- Cut the avocado in half and remove the pit.
- Fill a sealable container with water.
- Place the avocado halves in the water, ensuring they are fully submerged.
- Seal the container with a lid or plastic wrap, preventing air from reaching the avocado.
- Store in the refrigerator. Change the water daily to maintain freshness.
We first discovered this trick from Sandi (Sass) Schultz on TikTok:
Avos and onions are besties
Onions release sulfur gases that can help slow down the browning of avocados. Store a cut avocado with a slice of onion or place avocado slices in an airtight container with a small piece of onion.
A little bit of lemon (or lime)
Citrus fruits such as lemons and limes contain antioxidants and acids that can delay avocado browning. Squeeze fresh lemon or lime juice over the exposed avocado flesh before storing. Cover with plastic wrap or place in an airtight container.
Wrap it up
Wrapping avocados tightly in plastic wrap minimises their exposure to air, preventing oxidation. Wrap the avocado halves or slices with plastic wrap, ensuring it touches the surface of the fruit to create an airtight seal.
Don’t part from the pit
The avocado pit can act as a protective shield for the exposed flesh, reducing the surface area exposed to air. When storing a partial avocado, leave the pit in place and wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or place it in an airtight container.
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