Avocados are great for smoothies and packed with benefits. They do have one big problem, though. Trying to have a ripe avocado ready when you need one can sometimes feel impossible. The easiest way to always have an avocado ready for your smoothies is to freeze them. So you probably want to know, can you freeze avocado for smoothies?
Yes, you can freeze avocados and it’s really the only time you should freeze avocados.
The texture of avocados changes when you freeze them. If you want to use avocados for anything other than smoothies, you would be better off using a different method to store avocados.
Avocados only lose about 5% of the enzyme activity when you freeze them, definitely not as bad as cooking, so freezing avocados doesn't really have any negative effect on them
Now you know that the next time you see a bunch of ripe avocados on sale buy them. You can freeze avocados for smoothies and save money.
Oh, and it's also a great way of ensuring you have avocados out of season!
How to Freeze Avocados for Smoothies
It’s not that hard to learn how to freeze avocados for smoothies, but there are a few basic things you need to know before you start freezing avocados.
- To keep an avocado’s flavor, you should freeze avocados when they are ripe
- Avocados freeze well, but the texture changes. (Frozen avocados should really just be used for smoothies and guacamole)
There are two methods you can use to freeze avocados. The first method is to make an avocado puree and the second method is to freeze it in halves or quarters.
How to Freeze Avocado Using Avocado Puree
What You Will Need:
- A blender or bowl, knife, fork, and spoon
- Lemon or Lime Juice
- Ice try or resealable bags
Step 1: Start by washing the avocados with the skin still on.
Step 2: Cut the avocados in halves starting at the stem.
Step 3: Use a spoon to scoop out the center and put it in either a blender or a bowl. Add lemon or lime juice to the avocados to prevent it from going brown.
Step 4: Start mashing the avocados with the blender or a fork until it’s a nice mash like consistency.
Step 5: To store it you can either use an ice cube tray (the best storing method for smoothies) or portion it out and store it in a resealable bag.
How To Freeze Avocados in Halves
What You Will Need:
- A Cookie sheet, knife, and spoon
- Lemon or Lime Juice
Step 1: Cut your avocados in half using the same techniques as you would use with method 1. Place avocado halves in a try to keep them from rolling around.
Step 2: Scoop out the avocado flesh (try to keep it from mashing) and put it on the cookie sheet.
Step 3: Sprinkle lime or lime juice over the avocados too keep it from turning brown.
Step 4: You avocados are now ready to freeze. And you’ll have avocados ready for your smoothies.
How To Store Avocado: Other Methods
If you’re not going to use your avocados for smoothies, you should try to stay away from freezing them. There are a few other methods you can use to store avocados.
- If you’ve got an open avocado you can use lemon or lime juice to keep the avocado going brown. Put some lemon or lime juice on your avocado and store it in an air tight container. You should be able to keep the avocado in the fridge for at least another day or 2.
- Ripe avocados can be stored in the fridge for around 3 to 5 days
- Unripe avocados can be stored at room temperature until they are ripe
When Are Avocados Ready?
You know you need to freeze your avocados when they are ripe, but how do you know when are avocados ready?
There’s a simple test you can do called the “Avocado Ripeness Test” that will ensure you freeze your avocados when they are ripe.
You need to look underneath the stem. Remove the stem and see what the color is underneath. If it’s green the avocado is under ripe. Dark brown means it’s over ripe and you can chuck that avocado.
The perfect color is yellowish. This means your avocado is ripe and ready.
How Long Do Avocados Last?
It all depends on how you bought them. If you bought them ripe you can store them in the fridge and they should last for another 3 to 5 days.
If you want to use your avocados for smoothies and you won’t be able to use all of them before they go overripe you can freeze them. Avocados can be stored for up to 5 months if you freeze them.