You can freeze guacamole, and this will last up to 3 months in the freezer. The taste is not impacted by freezing and is equally enjoyable once defrost! To preserve the avocado-based dip, you will need lemon juice and an airtight container. Learn how to freeze avocado spread correctly as well as simple healthy recipe to make it at home.
Freshly made or opened guac from the store will last in the refrigerator for the up to 2 days. After which, you will begin to see the avocado mixture browning as it reacts with open-air. If you plan on consuming the dip in the next few days, we suggest refrigerating this rather than freezing.
To prevent guacamole from browning, flatten the dip and add a few drops of lemon juice mixed with water on the top. Do not stir this. Drain off the water when you would like to consume.
Can you Freeze Guacamole?
Unopened store-bought guac can be placed in the freezer immediately. However, as this usually comes in a thin plastic packaging, it is recommended to transfer this to an airtight container. This is to avoid freezer burn.
If you have already opened your avocado-based dip, take the leftovers, and scoop out the amount you want to freeze into an airtight container. We suggest dividing this into smaller portions, so it is easier to defrost later.
How to Freeze Guacamole
- Add a tablespoon of lemon for every 2 medium-sized avocados used in your avocado-based dip. Mix well. This will help to preserve the vivid green colour.
- Transfer the mixture into an airtight container, such as a freezer-safe, zip lock bag. Using a spoon, flatten your dip to remove any trapped air between. Press down on the freezer bag while sealing the bag tightly to remove any additional air.
- Label the bag with an expiration date. This will be 3 months from the date you freeze it.
- Flash freeze your guacamole by placing it closest to the walls of your freezer. After 24 hours, or once frozen solid, this can be stored in other parts of the freezer.
How to Thaw Guacamole
Simply defrost by placing the frozen avocado-based dip in the refrigerator overnight. Defrost only however much you need as refreezing is not recommended.
To defrost guacamole quickly, place the frozen mixture in a bowl of cold water for 30-40 minutes. Alternatively, you can microwave this on the lowest setting for 1-2 minutes. It is not recommended to defrost guac at room temperature as this will create a breeding ground for bacteria.
Once defrosted, use immediately. You can add fresh cilantro, red onions and chopped tomatoes for more flavour.
Uses for The Healthy Spread
The avocado-based spread is considered a healthy dish. It is full of healthy fats which our bodies need to function. First created in Mexico, the avocado-based dip is best enjoyed in modern Mexican and American dishes.
For example, with nachos, salad, tacos, enchiladas, or as a condiment. Some other uses for the spread include avocado on toast, a replacement for salad dressing, and tartar sauce.
Here are some delicious recipes to try:
- Flaked-Salmon Tostadas with Chile-Lime Salsa
- Grilled Spiced Chicken with Mango Avocado Salsa
- Pulled Pork and Sriracha Grilled Cheese
Some more inventive recipes call for using dolcelatte with guacamole for a blue cheese dip.
Healthy Homemade Guacamole Recipe
Here is a simple recipe to make fresh guacamole at home. You can make this by hand or using a blender. If you prefer a chunkier dip rather than smooth, then hand mash your avocados in a bowl.
For every 3 large avocados, add the juice of 1 lime and mix well.
Finely chop 1 deseeded chilli, 1 red onion and cilantro. Add to this your mashed avocados and mix well. Add salt to taste.
Garnish with stalks of cilantro and enjoy! For more healthy recipe ideas, try making desserts with silken tofu!