How to Store Avocados

How to Store Avocados – Tips & Tricks!

Avocados are delicious and amazing but they always go bad way too quickly! Want to learn how to make them last longer? Here are some easy tips and tricks to store avocados!

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Have you ever wondered the best way to store avocados to make them last longer than 2 days? Nothing is worse than an avocado turning brown only a few hours after it being cut! Avocados can easily be stored and used throughout the week with a few easy tricks and a little extra attention. I have tried everything to make cut, ripened, unripened, and whole avocados last as long as they possibly can! Here are my best tips for success!

How to Pick Avocados

  • It all starts from the beginning which is when you are picking them out at the store! You first do this by deciding if you need a ripe or unripe avocado and how soon you are going to cut into it. If you are using it that same day you will want a ripe one! However if you are buying one to use in a few days then you should pick an unripe avocado.
  • An avocado is ripe when it has a darker peel and a little bit of squish to it. It is important to feel the avocados and make sure they aren’t too mushy with indents, since that will mean they are over ripe.
  • If you are purchasing a ripe avocado it should be used within 1-3 days. Buying an unripe avocado may take up to 2 days to ripen so keep that in mind when deciding!

How to Store Uncut Avocados

  • Avocados usually go bad once they are exposed to oxygen! To avoid this, the best place to slow down the ripening process is the refrigerator. Putting an avocado in the fridge will make the uncut avocado last for 2-3 days!
  • What about unripe avocados? Avocados can take as long as 5 days to fully ripen and should be stored at room temperature, on the counter, and away from direct sunlight! Every avocado is different so it is important to check the pressure of them everyday to avoid over ripe avocados.

How to Store Cut Avocados

  • As mentioned before, avocados turn brown once they are exposed to oxygen which happens quicker right when you cut them! To slow down this process you have to properly seal the avocado and refrigerate it. The best way to seal a cut avocado is to squeeze a little bit of lime or lemon juice on the inside and wrap it in plastic wrap! There are also products out there you can purchase that will seal your avocados but I have found that this cheap and easy solution works wonders!
  • When you cut into an avocado and it isn’t ripe enough yet, try doing this same method and squeeze lemon or lime juice on top. Place the halves back together and wrap before putting it in the fridge!

How to Store Frozen Avocados

  • Did you know that you can store avocados in the freezer? Turning avocados into a puree and then freezing them is a great way to save avocados for several months! Simply put avocados in a blender and then transfer then to a freezer safe bag. Squeeze in lemon or lime juice and store for later use in guacamole or delicious recipes!

How to Cut an Avocado

Storing Guacamole

  • Storing guacamole is just as difficult as storing avocados! The best tips for saving the guac is to keep on of the pits from the avocado and place it in the middle of the dip. You can either squeeze the lemon or lime juice on top or pour a layer of water on the top and then seal! It should last 2-3 days by doing this, just pour out the water or juice and stir before use!

Different Ways to Eat Avocados

Now that you know how to properly store and pick avocados, try them in these delicious recipes:


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