Yes, You Can Freeze Avocados for Smoothies—Here's How
Few things are more enjoyable than following—and eye-rolling until you try them—food trends. We've ranted and raved about mini pancake cereal, whipped Dalgona coffee, and superfoods that actually warrant their title. We've covered acaí bowls and CBD oil, and tasted every type of fake meat (and milk) on the market. But there's one obsession that has outlasted them all: avocados. America's obsession with them appears to be everlasting, and quite frankly, we're fine with that.
Avocados are incredibly nutritious, versatile, and they taste kind of like butter. What's not to love? Well, their shelf life is pretty undesirable. What's more, these little fruits are pricey. Having to waste a ripe—or even overripe—avocado is the worst. So we're here to answer the question all avocado lovers want to know: Can you freeze avocados? Yes, if you do so correctly.
How to Freeze Avocados
Follow the simple steps below to properly freeze your extra avocados, then put them to use in these delicious smoothie recipes.
- Slice the avocado in half, then remove and discard the pit and the peel.
- Brush each half with lemon or lime juice all over.
- Wrap the halves separately in plastic wrap as tight as possible, making sure to remove any excess air (the wrap should cling to the hole where the pit was).
- Place both wrapped avocado halves into a freezer-safe bag and, once again, remove all air inside the bag.
- Alternatively, you can apply the same procedure to mashed avocados—you'll likely notice fewer textural differences if they're pureed versus halved.
Avocados will keep in the freezer for up to four or five months.
Best Uses for Frozen Avocados
Don't expect avocados to be ready to top avocado toast or a salad after being defrosted. Instead, frozen avocados work best in smoothies. Seriously, skeptics—if you know, you know. Avocados impart an incredibly creamy, silky consistency in smoothies; one that you probably thought you could only achieve with a $500 blender or visit to a smoothie shop. They'll also give your breakfast an extra boost of healthy fats that'll help stave you over until lunchtime.