What To Do With Too Many Ripe Avocados ~ What to do with too many ripe avocados? I recently bought a bag of avocados at Costco and came home to realize they were all ripe and ready to eat. They were so ripe that if I left them one more day they would have been too mushy to enjoy.
I normally always inspect for food quality by checking for things like expiry dates, freshness, bruising and ripeness. But this time I was in a hurry and it was very crowded in the produce area so I just grabbed a bag and tossed it in the shopping cart. I typically like to buy a bag of semi-ripe avocados at Costco because they are reasonably priced. I then leave one or two in the fruit bowl to naturally ripen and leave the rest in the fridge. When we have eaten those I set out a couple more avocados, let them ripen and eat them. So it’s a perpetual and progressive system that works quite nicely.
This system doesn’t work when all of the avocados are at the same ripeness at the same time. I am also not keen on eating eight or ten avocados in one day even though I really like them. So I had to go to Plan B and that was freeze them! It’s really easy to do and it’s really nice to have avocado prepared in little packages for whenever I want to use them.
What To Do With Too Many Ripe Avocados
How To Freeze Avocados
- Wash and peel the avocados.
- Half each avocado and scrape the pulp out. Place in a bowl.
- For each avocado add a teaspoon of lemon juice or lime juice. This prevents the avocado from going brown. I used lime juice because it adds a different flavour.
- Mash the avocado and juice with a fork. You can use the pulse function on a food processor too but I prefer mine to be a bit chunky. Plus these avocados were quite ripe so they were really easy to mash.
- Wrap heaping tablespoon servings in plastic wrap. I prefer to freeze smaller portions because it thaws more quickly. If I need more avocado for a recipe I just thaw more packages.
- Insert packages of avocado in a plastic resealable bag labeled with the date and place in the freezer.
How To Use Frozen Avocado
There are a lot of different ways you can enjoy avocado. It’s a great baby food and a go-to food for convalescent patients because it is easily digestible and it can go into smoothies. We tend to use it as a spread on sandwiches and wraps instead of using margarine. One of my favourite sandwiches in a toasted tomato sandwich with humus spread on one slice and pureed avocado spread on the other slice of bread. We also like to eat it with burritos and quesadillas. I also like to have avocado in the freezer for when I want to make a batch of homemade guacamole. I will also add it to the avocado puree to a salad to add a bit of color and flavour to the greens.
How to Keep Leftover Avocados In The Fridge
You can keep leftover avocados in the fridge too. Sometimes I will cut open an avocado to slice into a small salad I have made for myself but eating a whole avocado in one setting is just too filling. It totally works to drizzle some lemon juice or lime juice on the other half and wrap it on foil. But don’t peel the uneaten half till just before you plan to use it. This helps reduce the green flesh from going brown. If there is some brown flesh you can just cut that away and still enjoy the rest of the avocado.
Why Eat Avocados?
Avocados are loaded with nutrition. They are rich in potassium, vitamin B6 and vitamin E. They are loaded in calories because of the high oil content but every calorie is a healthy calorie. They have a high content of mono-unsaturated fats similar to olive oil making them a powerful antioxidant food. I like to eat them because they have a nice smooth texture, mild flavour and a lovely creamy green colour!
I try to keep fresh avocados at different stages of ripeness in the house so we can enjoy them with different foods. It is really convenient to have a couple of fresh ones in the fruit bowl on the counter, a couple more in the fridge and a batch of frozen packages in the freezer ready to eat.
So that’s what to do with too many ripe avocados!
How do you enjoy your avocados?
Did you know you can freeze lemons too? You might want to check to see how you can have ready-to-go lemon slices for your drinking water…