The only thing that tastes better than fresh avocado is a dip made of the same fruit. The guacamole was invented by Aztecs over 500 years ago and today, it’s one of the most popular dips and dressings out there.
If you love guacamole as much as the next person, then having a stash sounds like a good idea. However, guacamole can stay fresh for no more than 2 days when stored in the fridge. You’ll see it getting brown when exposed to air for too long, indicating it’s losing freshness.
If you add a few drops of lemon juice mixed with water to the dip, you can stop the browning process for another day or two. Just make sure the water stays on the top. Then, when you’re ready to eat it, simply drain it off.
But luckily, you can freeze it and prolong its shelf life up to 3 months. And what’s even better is that it will taste just as well once defrosted.
How To Freeze Store-Bought Guacamole?
Store-bought guacamole dips can be frozen at any time, but don’t do it in the container they come in. More often than not, these are made of plastics, which is not a freezer-safe material. It deteriorates when exposed to cold temperatures for an extended period of time, which can cause certain chemicals to leach into your food. Furthermore, there’s also a risk of freezer burns, and that’s something you want to avoid. Smaller portions are easier to defrost, so consider dividing the guacamole dip into several portions.
How To Freeze Homemade Guacamole Dip?
Store-bought guacamole dips can be pretty good. But they’re nothing compared to the one you can make from scratch. If you want to freeze your homemade guacamole, here’s how to do it properly, step by step.
- Cut avocados in half and remove the pit. Then, grab a spoon and scope the green inside into a bowl.
- Squeeze some lemon juice. Add a tablespoon for every 2 avocados used in your guaco dip. Stir well to combine the ingredients. This will help the dip retain the unique green color it’s known for.
- Scoop the guacamole dip into an airtight container or a releasable freezer bag. While transferring, use the spoon to flatten the mixture and get all the air bubbles out. Then, if you’re using a freezer bag, squeeze it to remove air from it.
- Put a label indicating the content and storage date. Guacamole dip stays fresh for about 3 months after being frozen.
- Store your guaco dip in the coldest part of the freezer. That way, it will become solid faster, and you can move it to other parts if needed.
How To Thaw Guacamole The Right Way
The best way to defrost guacamole dip (see also article on freezing Tzatziki) is to place it in the fridge and leave it overnight. But if you’re in a hurry, there’s a way you can speed up the process. You can put the container in a bowl filled with cold water for about 40 minutes. Or, if you own a microwave, you can even have it ready within minutes. Choose the lowest setting available, and microwave it for 1 to 2 minutes.
The only way you shouldn’t thaw guacamole dip is by leaving it at room temperature. As it defrosts and reaches a temperature of 40 degrees Fahrenheit, it becomes a suitable environment for bacteria to multiply.
Once defrosted, guacamole dip shouldn’t be frozen again. In fact, it should be eaten as soon as possible, as its shelf life in the fridge is very limited. If your dip appears to be diluted after being defrosted, you can add fresh cilantro (see also Can You Freeze Cilantro), onions and tomatoes to enhance the flavor.
The Popular Healthy Spread
Avocado on toast is a dish loved all over the world. It originates in Mexico, but nowadays is consumed on every continent. From sandwiches to salads, avocado appears as a star ingredient in all kinds of meals, just like olives do (see also Can You Freeze Olives). And not only does it taste like heaven, but avocado is also healthy. It’s rich in good fats our bodies require for proper functions.
A Simple Recipe For A Homemade Guacamole Dip
Making guacamole dip at home is no rocket science. You don’t even need a blender, you can do it all by hand. If you prefer a chunky texture, masking avocados by hand is the way to go.
For every 3 large-sized avocados you use for the dip, squeeze a lime and add it to the mixture. Then, grab a knife and chop 1 fresh chilli (without seeds), 1 red onion and cilantro. Add the spices into the dip and mix with a spoon. If needed, you can add a pinch of salt as well.