Can You Freeze Guacamole?
Dips are great because they can make food so much more delicious.
One of the most famous and delicious dips is Guacamole, a Mexican dish made of mashed avocado.
Some people don’t like avocado, but they like Guacamole – Understandable because aside from being delicious, it’s also a healthy dish!
Guacamole comes in many different varieties. There are mild and spicy guacamole versions, but most people prefer the plain kind.
You can make it with tomatoes and onions or without. You can also find it with other ingredients such as jalapenos, cilantro, and lime juice.
There are different types of people who love Guacamole – people who use it as a dip or spread or those who eat it as a salad.
And all of them are correct because Guacamole can be used and made in many ways.
You can add Guacamole to chicken dishes. Guacamole is often used as a dipping sauce for chips, tacos, nachos, etc. You can also add it to salads, sandwiches, burgers, and more.
The key is to make sure you’re using fresh ingredients because Guacamole is avocado-based, and we all know how tricky it is to maintain avocados’ freshness.
So, can you freeze Guacamole?
Let’s find out!
Guacamole is a food that is easy to mess up when not stored properly. You’ll probably end up having to throw out half of your Guacamole before you even get to eat it!
There is an ongoing debate whether it is okay to freeze Guacamole or not.
Basically, some types of Guacamole with ingredients that have a lot of water content (like tomato, onion, and jalapeno) will change the texture of your Guacamole after you freeze them, but that’s it. If you freeze simple or basic Guacamole with minimal watery ingredients, there’s almost no difference.
If you’re convinced that freezing Guacamole is okay, here’s how to do it.
How To Freeze Guacamole
Method #1- Using a heavy-duty freezer bag
- If you have a lot, portion them so you won’t have to take out everything just to use a little.
- Put your Guacamole in a zip lock bag, spread it out flat.
- Remove as much air as you can and seal it tightly.
If you only have zip lock bags that are too big for one portion of Guacamole. No worries, here’s a hack!
Put your Guacamole on a big zip lock bag, same as before, flatten and remove as much air as possible, then seal. To portion them, you can line the bag with the dull part of a knife or any straight tool. That way, you can break them into squares! 3-inch squares are equal to 1 tablespoon.
- Label and date properly
Method #2- Using a jar or an airtight storage container
- Put your Guacamole carefully in your jar or container and avoid as many air bubbles as possible. You can also tap gently to release any big air pouch.
- Make sure to leave an inch of headspace to allow for expansion.
- Pour a thin layer of olive oil on the surface or cover it with plastic wrap to keep your Guacamole from browning.
- Seal your jar or container tightly.
- Label and date properly
How Long Can You Freeze Guacamole?
Because they’re mainly ripe avocados, and they don’t last long, Guacamoles go bad fast.
Guacamole can last up to three to four days in the fridge and about three months in the freezer – Holy Guacamole, that’s a big difference. (just wanted to use that phrase, haha)
Here are some tips to make your Guacamoles last longer and maintain their quality when frozen.
- Freeze your Guacamole as soon as possible.
- Make sure the bag or container used is sealed tightly.
- Mixing a tablespoon of lemon juice for every two medium-sized avocados used in the recipe will also help.
- Guacamole freezes well when placed close to the wall of the freezer.
How to Thaw Guacamole
Method #1 – The one that takes overnight
Simply thaw your Guacamole by transferring it to your fridge and leaving it overnight.
Method #2 – The one that takes minutes
Place the frozen mixture in a bowl of cold water for 30-40 minutes or microwave it on the lowest setting for about 1-2 minutes. Don’t microwave it too much, or else it will become mushy.
Don’t defrost Guacamole at room temperature, as it will breed bacteria.
Using Guacamole After Freezing
Use your thawed Guacamole within 24 hours.
Drain off any excess water before serving. Stirring is not recommended.
Defrost only how much you need because refreezing is not recommended – and this is why potioning even before freezing them is important.
You can add more fresh ingredients if you like.
Aside from those above, you can use thawed Guacamole as you would a fresh one.
Although fresh Guacamole is still the best and freezing Guacamole can change its texture (depending on your delicious Guacamole recipe)
Frozen Guacamole is much better than spoiled Guacamole or, worse, no Guacamole at all.
So, go ahead – freeze your Guacamole!