How To Store An Avocado

Who doesn't love a smooth ripe avocado? Whether spread on toast or on delicious nachos with tasty guacamole, avocado is truly the gift that keeps giving in the kitchen.

However, every avocado fanatic knows the struggle of storing these tasty treats either they are not ripe yet or way too ripe, there is no in-between, or is there? Here are some tips to keep your avocado fresh and perfect for longer!

Storing Uncut Avocados

Picked up some avocados on the grocery run and now wondering how to keep them fresh? Well, you are in luck because the peel is essential in protecting the fruit from oxidation and preventing browning. Now here are two ways, one each for keeping it ripe for longer and helping along the ripening process.

Keeping Avocados Ripe

The fridge is your best bet for keeping that ripe avocado the way it is for a few more days. The ready-to-eat ones can stay that way for another two to three days in the fridge. 

However, you have to be sure to keep them in the crisper drawer where you can control the humidity for that to happen. Don't leave them out as is on the fridge shelf because that will just make them soggy and spoilt and not suitable to eat!

Ripening Avocados

It's easy to ripen the avocados considering how eager they are to do that on their own. The main things to keep track of here are again the humidity of the area you are in and the sunlight the space gets. 

Keep your unripe little avocados out of the sun and in the open to get them to ripen, and in a place where the temperature doesn't vary greatly throughout the day.

Check the ripeness every day or even twice a day to know when they have reached that perfect ripe state.

Storing Cut Avocados

Everyone has been here before, cut up an avocado, and discovered that it is not ripe yet or overestimated exactly how much avocado you need for that smoothie bowl.

Do not despair. While it may seem like there is no way to save your extra avocado pieces, there are some things you can do to prevent them from turning brown on you.

Ripe Avocado Pieces

Now, this one hurts. A perfectly ripe avocado can't be wasted like this! To save your ripe avocado halves, the first step is to act fast. The avocado skin reacts very fast to the oxygen in the air and turns brown. This is the very process you are trying to prevent. There are two ways to do this.

Make A Barrier

In this method, you can save your avocado halves for future recipes or cooking, by creating a barrier between the air and the avocado flesh. You can use lemon juice, lime juice and even olive oil to do this depending on what you have on hand or what kind of recipe you want to try later. After applying the barrier agent, wrap the avocado pieces in plastic and keep them away in the fridge and use them as soon as possible.

Soak The Avocado

This method follows the same principle of creating a barrier, but it is a little different. Here you are going to submerge the open flesh of the avocado in water to delay the oxidation process. You have to be careful to use only the minimum amount of water and not soak the entire avocado while doing this. 

Just cover a plate or any flat dish with about 1 mm of water, enough to have the bottom covered in water, and then lay the avocado, cut side down on top of the water. Then put the plate in the refrigerator and your avocados will be good for around two days.

Unripe Avocado Pieces

Is there a bigger disappointment in the morning than slicing into your favorite avocado and discovering that the flesh is hard and unripe? Talk about getting off on the wrong side of the bed. Well, don't throw away that pesky thing yet. You can make it ripen without letting it rot! 

To do that, you need to coat the exposed flesh of the avocado in lemon juice or lime juice and then put the halves back together like a jigsaw puzzle.

Now wrap your avocado in cling film or plastic wrap and store it away in the fridge to let it ripen in peace. Be sure to check it every day or you will miss the perfectly ripe window!