Sunday, May 8, 2016

Can You Freeze Guacamole?

Place plastic wrap directly on top before freezing
A great question for fans of this avocado based dip. If you have lots left and don't want to discard it or want to make a larger amount and freeze it for later. 

The good news is yes... you can buy frozen guacamole, so why wouldn't you be able to freeze homemade? The most important fact is that the quality of the guacamole after thawing depends strongly on its ingredients. Ingredients like chopped tomato and peppers will make the sauce watery when thawed. You won't really know if your favorite recipe freezes well until you try it. The next time you prepare some, make a little extra to freeze for a few weeks, then thaw and taste. That way you'll be sure if this method works for you. If you're not happy with the outcome, adjust or omit some of the ingredients and try it again.  
Thaw in the fridge and serve
To freeze guacamole: spoon it into a freezer proof container with a tight fitting lid. Before sealing, place a piece of plastic wrap directly on top of the guacamole to remove all the air. You can sprinkle lemon or lime juice on top of the dip before the plastic wrap if desired. Another method is to transfer it to a freezer bag; sprinkle lemon or lime juice on top, squeeze all the air from it and seal tightly. Be sure to freeze in portions that you will use at a time. Date and label with ingredients if desired and freeze for no more than 4 to 6 months. Thaw in the fridge before serving.

Not everyone will find the outcome of frozen then thawed guacamole tasty or even acceptable. You will need to experiment on your own to figure out if this method works for your needs or not.

Till next time... Happy Mother's Day and Bon App├ętit!

Photos by Sally Rae

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