New to Shelf Spotlight: Frozen Avocados
Oh the Avocado what a finicky fruit it can be! There seems to be so many things that can go wrong with avocados. From picking it in the grocery store, letting it ripen on the counter or paper bag method or letting it sit in your refrigerator, to opening and enjoying ⅓ of it and the next day it seems to go bad. Avocados can indeed be tricky but when they go on sale it’s sure hard to resist.
A Few Avocado Tips
- When picking an avocado give a gentle press to the top or bottom. If you’re trying to use it immediately you want there to be a little give, but if you want to wait a few days buy one on the more firm side
- If all the avocados you came across are decently soft but you want to use it in a few days throw it in your refrigerator once you get home to slow the ripening process.
- If all the avocados are firm and you want to use it for a recipe tomorrow, put it in a brown paper bag rolled up and let it sit out on the counter.
- Let’s say you forgot about your avocado in the fridge but it’s still good but you don’t have an immediate use for it after cutting it open to check it, freeze it! Scoop out the seed, cube the center flesh and place in a plastic bag and put it in the freezer to use later.
So let’s say you’re not into buying avocados or maybe it’s intimidating there is now a freezer solution! A couple of things to pay attention to with this product is that it might have a little bit of citric acid to it which could skew the flavor of your dish. So when you’re deciding on what to use it in think about if there will be other ingredients to mask it. For example the texture and taste doesn’t do well on avocado toast. However, if you put a fried egg, cilantro, and sriracha sauce on top it would do much better in flavor while still delivering healthy fats. Also things like salsas, purees, sauces, smoothies anything where it can be blended.