We have a lot of Kitchen Hacks if you stay most of your time in Kitchen. The flesh of an avocado turns brown very easily once it’s cut because of an enzyme that oxidizes when exposed to air. It’s not necessarily bad at this point, and you can often scrape off the top brown layer to reveal a fresh green layer underneath. There are a number of tricks to keep avocados fresh… leaving the pit inside, sprinkling it with lemon juice, covering it with wax paper, but which methods actually work? Keep reading…
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I bumped a tip before that if you’ll be using only half at a time, leave the pit in the half of the avocado you’re not planning to use, store the avocado half in a zipper bag (suck out as much air as possible) and the guacamole in an airtight container in your refrigerator, it will keep fresh for next day.
There are a few other tricks you can use to keep your avocado fresher longer.
- Onion: This method is my favorite. Place a handful of large onion chunks into the bottom of the container. Place to avocado (face up) on top. Alternatively, sprinkle the chunks of onion on top of your guacamole (and remove them when it’s time to serve).
- Lemon juice: Lemon juice helps to inhibit oxidation. Rub some on an avocado half or sprinkle some on top of your guacamole. It will add some lemon flavor to the avocado, which may or may not be desirable depending on your intended use.
- Olive oil: “paint” a thin layer of olive oil onto the top of the avocado half. This creates a natural barrier to help prevent oxidation. You can use this trick with guacamole too (use a pastry brush to spread the oil on top), however, be aware that it will add an oilier flavor and texture to your dip.
This food storage tip is the best kitchen hack for keeping fresh cut avocados green. It keeps them fresh longer using items you already have in your house.
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