Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Learn With Me: Freezing Avocados AND An Easy Guacamole Dip Recipe!

I've been finding a few good deals on avocados lately.  So once I start seeing those, I get the craving for guacamole dip. 

Oh, who am I kidding?  I crave the green gooky stuff all year long.  :-) That's why I often grab six or seven ripe avocados at a time, mash them and freeze them for a later date. 

Yes, you heard me!  I often use defrosted avocados in my guacamole dip.  You can't even tell the difference and I'm being smart and saving money in the long run.  So learn with me.  Learn to spot the deals on avocados and do a small amount of prep work so that you can enjoy them year-round! 

To freeze avocados, you'll need to mash or puree them.  Simply peel the fruit and remove the pit. Puree the flesh.  Then add in half a tablespoon of lemon or lime juice for each avocado.  Place the puree into a plastic container or bag leaving about half an inch of air at the top. Seal the container and place in the freezer. The mixture will stay good for four or five months.After thawing them, use within three days.

Now here's my dip recipe that is great for using previously frozen avocados.  It's easy and quick too! 

Mandy's Easy Guacamole Dip

(Serves 6 to 8)

2 avocados mashed (Or use 1 cup of defrosted, mashed avocado from your freezer)
1-2 medium ripe tomatoes, diced, seeded and drained of their juices (I often strangle them until all the juice is gone!)
2 T. of lime or lemon juice
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1.5 to 2 T. taco seasoning (combo of cumin, chili powder, oregano and red pepper flakes)

If using fresh avocados: Cut avocados in half.  Scoop out the seed and throw it away.  Scoop out the flesh and mash it in a medium size bowl. 

If using avacodos from your freezer: Defrost the avocado and let it come to room temperature.  If necessary, warm it in the microwave for fifteen seconds.  Place in a medium size bowl and stir.

Add the diced, drained and seeded tomatoes to the mashed avocados.  Mix in the garlic, lime (or lemon) juice and taco seasoning.  Serve with crackers or baked chips. 

The guacamole dip should last in the fridge for up to three days if stored properly in an air tight container.  After three days, throw away.  Do not freeze the dip since the tomatoes will not maintain consistency.

Do you enjoy guacamole dip?  Do you have a great recipe that uses avocados?  I have seen several recipes where people have put them into cakes and desserts.  I'm going to try that soon! 


  1. I never even thought of freezing avocados, but what a great idea! I always seem to miss the window of ripeness and end up having to throw them away.

  2. great tip! i've never thought of this before, but duh! :) anne

  3. Freezing avocadoes???

    Best idea ever!

  4. I love guacamole, but I'm the only one in my family that does so I usually just wait until we go to a Mexican restaurant to eat it. However, I did buy some avocados and haven't used them yet so I'm gonna do this :) and make guacamole next time we have a cookout...Guacamole Burgers yummm!

  5. I'm so glad you shared this!!! I've always wanted to try it, but I was afraid it would brown too quickly.

  6. Yummy! Came across your wonderful blog and am a new follower!!!
    - Jessica