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Have you found yourself with a bunch of leftover guacamole after hosting a party? With the price of avocados these days, you really don’t want to have to toss it. The good news is, you don’t have to! It may surprise you, but guacamole can be frozen.
In this article, we’re sharing some tips on how to successfully freeze guacamole. We’ve also included a recipe for tasty homemade guacamole.
How to Freeze Guacamole
The first thing you should do is select appropriate-sized freezer-safe containers. If you’ll be enjoying the guacamole as a snack, use smaller containers. Or, if you know you’ll serve it to your family on next week’s Taco Tuesday, choose a larger container.
Method 1: Freezing Guacamole with Freezer Bags
Make sure to squeeze out the excess air. Seal, flatten, and label the bags, and then place them in the freezer.
Method 2: Freezing Guacamole with Mason Jars
When adding the guacamole to the jars, use a spatula to gently press down on the guacamole to prevent bubbles from forming. Add a bit of olive oil on the top layer of guacamole to help prevent it from browning. Leave an inch of headspace at the top of the jar to allow for expansion. Screw the lids on tightly, and place the jars in the freezer
How to Freeze Unopened Guacamole
If you have a container of unopened store-bought guacamole, you can place it directly in the freezer. Keep the guacamole in its original packaging and place it into a freezer-safe container. This will help to prevent freezer burn.
How to Thaw Guacamole
When you’re ready to enjoy the guacamole, remove the package from the freezer and let it thaw on the counter for up to 2 hours.
If you used freezer bags, go ahead and cut a corner of the bag, and squeeze the guacamole into a serving bowl. Mason jars will need to thaw in the fridge for a day or two. To speed up the process, you can place the jars in a bowl of room temperature water until thawed. Be sure to check the temperature of the water as you don’t want it to become too warm.
Partially thawed guacamole can also be placed in the microwave. Use the defrost setting and set it for 1 minute. Check the consistency, stir, and repeat for 30-second intervals until it has completely thawed.
It’s important to check often as you don’t want the guacamole to get warm. You may want to add a squeeze of lime, or some fresh cilantro or minced onion to give the guacamole a boost of flavor.
How Long Does Frozen Guacamole Last?
You can keep guacamole in the freezer for up to 3 months.
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How to Make Homemade Guacamole
- 12 avocados
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Chopped cilantro
- Wash, peel, pit, and dice the avocados.
- Place the avocados in a large bowl.
- Add garlic, salt, pepper, lime juice, chopped cilantro, and olive oil. Mix well and serve.