Most people know that if you want to get the most out of an avocado and enjoy its freshness, it is important to eat it as soon as possible. But sometimes you do not feel like eating a whole avocado at the same time. On the other hand, it is also a shame to throw out the rest – because avocados are good and healthy!
Fortunately, there are a number of natural tricks that can prevent avocados from oxidizing so that they stay fresh and green for longer – making it possible to store the rest of the avocado without having to worry.
The first tip to prevent the avocados from oxidizing while keeping them fresh is to let the stone sit in one half of the avocado, or better yet, use only half without the stone.
However, you should be aware that it only helps to preserve the part of the avocado that is in contact with the stone. The part that is still in contact with the air will still oxidize quickly and lose its freshness. Therefore, we recommend looking for an alternative that mimics the stone but covers the entire remaining piece.
This trick is to cut a quarter of a red onion into slices and place it in the bottom of an airtight container. Later, you can place the avocado you want to store on top of the onions with the stone facing up. Close the container and put it in the fridge.
This tip is very useful as the fumes from the onion can help preserve the green color and freshness of the avocado. The taste of the avocado will not change, as only the peel of the avocado comes in contact with the onion. In addition, you can also save the onion and use it in another recipe.
Olive oil is a natural ingredient that does not change the taste or smell of the avocado you want to keep fresh. For this trick, just put some olive oil on the part of the avocado you want to keep fresh and store it in an airtight container. The oil prevents avocados from coming into contact with the air and oxidizing.
Lemon juice is another ingredient that helps keep an avocado fresh. We all know that lemons give a very delicious taste to avocados and they complement each other well. But not only that; lemons greatly reduce the oxidation process. Just pour lemon juice on the part of the avocado you want to save.
Another option is to put a large slice of lemon over the avocado if it has no stones. In either case, it is optimal to store the avocado in an airtight container to keep it as fresh as possible. You can keep it fresh for 2 to 4 days if you store it at a temperature of 4 ° C.
By putting the avocado in cold water, the contact with the air is reduced. This is a very normal method used in many homes and in restaurants. This is only recommended if the rest of the avocado is to be used relatively quickly.
Plastic foil or household film is also a good help to store avocado remnants for longer. Just cover the avocado with plenty of plastic wrap and then put it in the fridge. Even if the top part should get a brown color after a day or two, then you can just scrape the top off. Downstairs, it will still have a fresh, green color.
If you do not want to let any of the remaining avocado go to waste and you want to store it for a long time, then it is a good idea to make a delicious guacamole. Just mash the avocado and add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice per half the avocado.
The acid from the juice will prevent the avocado from oxidizing and changing color. But to be on the safe side, put the mashed avocado in an airtight container, cover it with plastic wrap and put the lid on. The plastic foil and lid will prevent oxygen from coming into contact with the surface of the avocado and thus prevent it from oxidizing. Later, you can use the mashed avocado to make a delicious guacamole or even use it in a salad.